Cape Verde ends Sierra Leone hope of qualifying for 2014 World Cup

18 June 2013 at 01:57 | 5630 views

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie in Freetown.

Leone Stars have been thrown out of the race to go through to the next round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in the penultimate round of qualifiers in Praia on Saturday.

The team conceded an early goal in the 12th minute of play when Nhuck headed into the net following a defensive blunder.

Central defender Ibrahim Koroma accidentally kicked a ball into his box and goal keeper Solomon Zombo Morris came out of his goal line to punch the ball away but it was Nhuck who first got a contact with the ball and had the advantage to head into the net.

Overall Cape Verde dominated the match but the impressive Zombo Morris denied them three times from winning by a wider margin.

Leone Stars also created chances, all of them by Sweden based Mohamed ‘Poborsky’ Bangura who was denied twice by the Cape Verdian goalie Vozinha and had a deflected kick in an area of the left of the box hit the post.

With one more round of matches to go Leone Stars are now completely out of the race and will play for pride in their last game at home to Equatorial Guinea in September.

Under 28-year old Irish coach Jonathan McKinstry Leone Stars drew one game at home to Tunisia and lost one away to Cape Verde and it remains one more game for him to serve as coach for the team.