Africa: Steve Caulker – Totalenergies AFCON {Qualifications} Will Be Tough

New Sierra Leone captain, defender Steven Caulker, says qualifying for Ivory Coast will likely be a tough activity for the West African aspect who made a promising return to AFCON in Cameroon final January-February.

After enjoying in England’s youth groups, the defender, on mortgage to Gaziantep from Turkish Süper Lig group Fenerbahçe, will lead the troops in these qualifiers which is able to pit Sierra Leone in opposition to Nigeria, Guinea Bissau and the winner of Mauritius-Sao Tome and Principe

Sierra Leone will open the qualifiers in opposition to Nigeria, three-time African champions in opposition to whom they drew two instances (4-4 and 0-0) within the qualifiers for the earlier African Cup of Nations.

After Nigeria, Sierra Leone will host Guinea Bissau within the Guinean capital just a few days later.

The 30-year-old Caulker mentioned he was able to tackle the problem “again against the best nations in African football”.

“It would be difficult but I’m excited to start these qualifiers, we have a lot of new talent, new players, a new system and a new identity. I am really delighted to be able to lead this group in qualifying,” defined the central defender in an interview with the media of his nation.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham centre-back, who made his worldwide debut for the Leone Stars within the 0-0 match in opposition to Algeria on the TotalEnergies AFCON in Cameroon, has admitted that there isn’t a simple match in African soccer.

“Our qualifying group is going to be tough, obviously Nigeria will be looking to bounce back from their disappointment following their elimination to Ghana in the 2022 World Cup,” defined the brand new Sierra Leonean captain.