The Carthage Eagles' performance boosts their chance of qualifying for Brazil 2014 World Cup following a victory in Rades over the Leone Stars
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia shrugged off a disappointing outing at the Africa Cup of Nations by defeating the Leone stars of Sierra Leone in one of the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup at the Stade Olympique de Radès on Saturday evening.
Goals from Oussama Darragi and Wabhi Khazri were enough for the North Africans to get maximum points as the visitors pulled one back through Ansu Kamara.
Although, the Sierra Leoneans almost came back through Ansu Kamara in the middle of the second half, that was not enough for Olof Mattsson’s side that paraded the likes of Rodney Strasser, Mohamed Medo Kamara and Aziz Deen Conteh to wreck havoc against their hosts.
The game started as both teams battled to gain possession of the ball in the midfield, but it was the hosts that threw everything at their opponents. Despite all the attacking forays by the Carthage Eagles, the Sierra Leoneans who are ranked below their host on the Fifa log, they were able to soak all the pressure and curtail the attacking moves of the Tunisians.
The first half ended goalless as both sides failed to find the back of the net. The second half resumed with more fire power from the Tunisians and this paid off in the 57th minute when Darragi who plays for FC Sion scored a beautiful goal to the joy of the home crowd.
The visitors reacted but saw their efforts to equalize thwarted by the Tunisia goalie. While still trying to get back into the game, the home team doubled their lead through French-born Khazri to put the game beyond the Leone Stars.
While many had though it was all over for the West African side, reliable forward Kamara pulled one back for the Sierra Leoneans in the 74th minute throwing the game open once more. All efforts to get more goals by both teams proved futile as they missed glorious chances. The Sierra Leoneans would have themselves to blame for poor marksmanship as they lost glaring chances to the disappointment of their Swedish coach.
The win leaves the Tunisians coached by Nabil Maaloul to maintain their top spot in Group B with six points ahead of the Leone Stars who are second on the log with four points.