By Jida Kiz Kamara in Rabat, Morocco
The Women’s football Under 20 head coach, Victoria Conteh is optimistic that her team will shine in tomorrow’s friendly encounter against their Moroccan counterpart in Rabat, Morocco.
“This match is very important to us in many aspects. It will help us build the physical and confidence level of the team as well as giving the players international exposure. We will use this match to text our game plan and see whether we are in the right direction or not. In the end, we will come out of this match with our heads raised up,” coach Conteh said.
Team Captain, Rashidatu Kamara, who plays for Mahmoud FC – one of the best female team in Sierra Leone; has assured of a convincing victory when the two sides meet tomorrow morning (10am).
“We have trained a lot and ready to showcase our talents. We will make Sierra Leone proud and be a force to reckon with,” she assured.
This is the second international friendly for a Sierra Leone women’s team since the inception of women’s football in the country in 1985. The first was a 0-0 draw in Freetown against Liberia to commemorate the International Women’s Day in 2014.
The Sierra Leone Under 20 team progressed to the 2nd Rounds of the Africa qualifiers for the U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 in France after both Libya and Tunisia pulled out of the competition at the Preliminary and 1st Round stages respectively.
Sierra Leone will now face either Guinea or Cameroon in the 2nd Rounds of the qualifiers in November this year.
Guinea and Cameroon will play in the 1st Rounds in September for a spot in the 2nd Rounds of eight countries in which only two will make it to France 2018.