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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 June, 2003, 20:09 GMT 21:09 UK
Kallon steers Sierra Leone to win
Sierra Leone 2-0 Equatorial Guinea

Mohammed Kallon
Kallon had an eventful game
Sierra Leone made hard work of their 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea.

But the win raised hopes that the Leone Stars might squeeze through to Tunisia 2004 by snatching the best group runner-up spot.

Sierra Leone have 10 points, trailing Group 7 leaders Morocco by three.

But should they defeat Gabon in their final qualifier in July, only Mali or Zimbabwe can catch the Leone Stars.

The home side dominated this Nations Cup qualifier but wasted a host of opportunities in the first half.

Mohammed Kallon was the dominant figure for Sierra Leone and almost opened scoring in the 9th minute when he dribbled past three defenders but could not keep the ball in play.

A strong Sierra Leonean penalty appeal, following a foul on Fidique Mansary was turned down in the 15th minute.

And a goal scored by Kallon in the 22nd minute was disallowed for being struck from an offiside position.

The referees decisions sparked Equatorial Guinea's attack into life, as they put the Leone Stars defence under pressure.

Appalling miss

Although they forced four quick corners in succession, they fashioned no real chance until two minutes before the break.

Salvador Matio and Pidal Pudika found themselves alone in the penalty area, with only Sierra Leone keeper Prima Sesay to beat.

Matio's shot struck the post but rolled away to safety.

On the stroke of half-time, Kallon missed a glaring chance.

Having taken the ball round the onrushing Olo, Kallon was the only player in the penalty area and was staring at an empty net.

But Kallon shot from the edge of the six yard box mysteriously went over the crossbar.

Just when it seemed Leone Stars fans may have been questioning whether it was going to be their day, Kallon made amends for his earlier miss.

He collected a pass from Alphakor Bah, dribbled past three Guineans and rounded Olo once again - but this time with success as he rolled the ball into the net.

Kabba Samura wrapped up the victory in injury time, by heading home a Kallon corner from the far post.

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