“We are in a very difficult group, but if we are able to progress to the next round of the competition, our chances to get to the quarter and semifinals will be great’ – Ambassador Anthony Navo Junior

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, takes place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022. 

After an absence spanning over two decades, Sierra Leone will be featuring again in the competition. The Leone Stars qualified after securing second place in group L in the Total Energies AFCON 2021 qualifiers.

SierraEye spoke to the Chairman of East End Lions Football Club, Ambassador Anthony Navo Junior, who is also the CEO of AYV TV, ahead of the tournament. 

SierraEye: What are your thoughts about group E in the upcoming AFCON2021 in Cameroon?

Ambassador Navo: Group E is a very tough group, especially since it includes Algeria and Ivory Coast, but with football, you can never say never. Anything can happen.  

SierraEye: Are you happy with the Leone Stars Team selection?

Ambassador Navo: I am very happy. I think Coach John Keister did well. However, it must have been a challenging job for the coach, especially with the quality of some of the international players that were dropped.

SierraEye: Who will be the key players to watch for Leone Stars?

Ambassador Navo: We have a lot of key young players to watch. They include Osman Kaikai and Issa Kallon. 

SierraEye: What do you think are our chances?

Ambassador Navo: We are in a very difficult group, but if we are able to progress to the next round of the competition, our chances to get to the quarter and semifinals will be great. 

SierraEye: What will your advice be to the management and coach of Leone Stars?

Ambassador Navo: My advice is simple – let them keep their eyes on the ball and ignore all distractions. 

SierraEye: Which teams do you think are the teams to watch in AFCON 2021?

Ambassador Navo: Morocco and Nigeria 

SierraEye: Who do you think will emerge as the eventual winners?

Ambassador Navo: It will be a tough competition, but I think the eventual winners may be Nigeria or Algeria. 

SierraEye: Do you have any concerns about Cameroon hosting the tournament?

Ambassador Navo: My only concern is with regards to the current covid-19 pandemic. Apart from that, I think Cameroon is up to the task. 

SierraEye: What do you make of the comments by Patrick Viera and Ian Wright that the tournament deserves more respect?

Ambassador Navo:  I agree with them 100 percent, and I don’t think the tournament gets the respect it deserves. 

SierraEye: Will you be in Cameroon?

Ambassador Navo: I will be in Cameroon, God willing. 

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