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I am Muctaru Wurie from Freetown, Sierra Leone. I blog on a variety of subject from my homeland and most of my post feature well researched stories I do.

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Leone Stars Show Progress As Bafana Fight For Draw

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Siphiwe Tshabalala challenge with Sierra Leone captain Obreh in midfield

Siphiwe Tshabalala tussles with Sierra Leone captain Obreh in midfield

Bafana Bafana held on this time round in Freetown and valiantly defended to get a well deserved draw at the National Stadium in Freetown. The home side knew they needed a win and with striker Kei Kamara and defender Ibrahim Marcel Koroma been the two changes that faced Egypt in Cairo. Leone Stars of Sierra Leone knew they needed to up their performance in the absent of the two Stars. The match which started in a heated Freetown was witnessed by a capacity full crowd cheering Sierra Leone and the presence of Vuvuzelas in the crowd at one point seems to bemuse the South Africans.

The much heralded and planned pot-cover versus Vuvuzela by Sierra Leonean fans never materialised as the Sierra Leone FA made it clear to Sierra Leonean supporters that they will not allow pot cover inside the National Stadium grounds. Leone stars were the more enterprising of the two teams and if it wasn’t for the animated and in-form South African Goalie, Itumeleng Khune the score line would have been 3 or 4 nil for the home side. The draw put South Africa are at the top of Group G with four points after today’s 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in Freetown as Niger shocked group favourites Egypt 1-0 in Niamey. South Africa coach, Pitso Mosimane was visibly worried as his Bafana Bafana side defended deeply against a seemingly goal-desperate Sierra Leone. Itumeleng Khune was definitely the man of the match as he made strings of wonderful saves, Sierra Leonean stiker – Mohamed Pobosky Bangura was a constant threat as the home side threatened to take a lead that never came. The South Africans were very cautious and kept on wasting time as Sierra Leone pushed forward. As Mohamed Pobosky Bangura was left stranding for support upfront some Sierra Leonean supporters were asking for Mohamed Kallon saying his support would have been vital for the stiker. The largely popular Siphiwe Tshabalala known and cheered on by many Sierra Leoneans was very quiet in the match and was replaced but the pressure continued for Bafana and they held on to a draw that leaves them in the driving seat for this group G. Star Man of the Match – South Africa No 16, Itumeleng Khune

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October 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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Leone Stars Show They Can Do It

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In what was seen as an upset in African football, our darling Leone Stars of Sierra Leone made us proud last night by holding the giants of Egypt to a one whole draw. Some of the world’s media referred to the shock draw as an opening-round curse for Egypt but I think as lowly we are rated the problem with Sierra Leone football is the effect of the war and the impact it has got on all levels of football in the country.

We shocked the defending champions in their own background on 56 minutes at Cairo Stadium when Cyprus-based Sierra Leonean international Mustapha Bangura put us in front.

Although defender Mahmoud Fathallah rescued the Egyptians when he equalised four minutes later, there was never a winning goal for the top ranked team in Africa – Egypt who began with six of the team that defeated Ghana in the 2010 Nations Cup final.

Coach Hassan Shehata had warned his team about the perils of not making a winning start, and his fears were justified by the resilient display by our mostly unknown set of players.

Egypt are ranked number one in Africa this month by world governing body FIFA and Sierra Leone 36 and although our inspirational captain; China-based playmaker Mohamed Kallon was injured, it made no difference and our boys were able to make it. Congratulations to our darling Leone Stars and we just cannot wait to see you put up a much more improved performance against South Africa here in Freetown on October 10.

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September 6, 2010 at 10:31 am