bafana be on the alert

SIERRA LEONE, FREETOWN - 14 June 2008, Mokete Tsotetsi during the AFCON and 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Sierra Leone and South Africa held at the National Stadium in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images\n\nBALL FIGHT: Bafana Bafana's Mokete Tsotetsi fights for the ball with Sierra Leone's Mohammed Kallon in their first leg of the Afcon and 2010 World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Freetown, Sierra Leone, last weekend. page 34, sow 19/06/08.\n\n
SIERRA LEONE, FREETOWN - 14 June 2008, Mokete Tsotetsi during the AFCON and 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Sierra Leone and South Africa held at the National Stadium in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images\n\nBALL FIGHT: Bafana Bafana's Mokete Tsotetsi fights for the ball with Sierra Leone's Mohammed Kallon in their first leg of the Afcon and 2010 World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Freetown, Sierra Leone, last weekend. page 34, sow 19/06/08.\n\n

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Sierra Leone will be at full strength when they take on Bafana Bafana in a return match of the 2010 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

Four key players are back in the Leone Stars after missing the first leg where Sierra Leone surprised Bafana Bafana 1-0 in Freetown last Saturday.

The quartet are Sahr Senassi (Germany), Conteh Kewultay (Italy), Mamadou Bah (Romania) and Albert Kole (Denmark).

Senassi was injured, while the other three players were busy with their various clubs in the play-offs for promotion in the countries where they are based.

Ahmed Sesay, Sierra Leone's manager, said: "I know when I told you last week that we will beat Bafana Bafana, you did not believe me.

"The problem with Bafana Bafana is that they underestimated us, we have pretty good players in various leagues globally.

"The return of the four players will give the coach (Ahmed Kanu) more options, we are going for a more depressive defeat for the South Africans.

"Our players are aware that we have to keep on getting maximum points to stay in the race of qualifying for the finals in Angola.

"We know it won't be an easy one, there is a lot of pressure from South Africans on Bafana Bafana to win. We will beat them in their own backyard too," said Sesay.

Sowetan caught up with Sesay late yesterday while in transit in Dakar, Senegal, where the Leone Stars were on their way to South Africa.

Sesay and company are expected to land at OR Tambo International Airport at 4.30pm today.

From the South African camp, there were more positive news, with captain Aaron "Mbazo" Mokoena showing signs of recovery.

A final decision on Mokoena over Saturday's must-win game will be taken today.

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