Sierra Leone stunned South Africa to reach the Sydney-Africa Cup of Nations semi final with a 3-2 victory on Saturday thanks to goals from Brima Kamara aka Bojoman, Jushua Aruna and Musa Mansaray to seal the all important win for Sierra Leone at the Wanderers Football Park, Blacktown.

Brima Kamara opened the scoring with a fine finish to register his fourth goal in the campaign but the fans were breathless with Bafana Bafana leveling a few minutes later. Joshua Aruna put Sierra Leone ahead to register his first goal of the campaign but his celebration was cut short following South Africa’s response to level the score.

In extra time, Musa Mansaray aka ‘Ajay Gas’ silenced the noisy South Africa fans with an audacious late bicycle kick effort to earn his side a 3-2 victory. Sierra Leone will face Central Africa Republic in next week’s semi final.

Speaking after Sierra Leone victory head coach Yusuf Kamara heaps praise on his side for a fantastic job. He said his boys should brace for next week’s semi final encounter against Central Africa Republic when dressing the team.

“We are in the semi-final, so If the quarter-finals had eight fantastic teams, imagine the four that have secured the spots already, so anything can happen;” he said.

“A big opponent is waiting for us in the semi-final but it doesn’t matter their strength. They know we are a team with a special spirit even if we are not at the maximum of our potential.”

“Nobody expected us to reach this far but you guys have to brace up for the challenges ahead. We go back to trainings and see how you can build on your mental strength”. “I have to be honest, I am expecting a very tough match against our next opponent because their records said it all;” he fumed

He continued: “They are one of the three teams, including us and South Sudan, who haven’t lost any game yet but am sure with the experience we have in this team will get the job done and take us to another final after 5 years”.

He however thanked the fans for their support since the tournament started “The fans are amazing and I would like to thank them especially those who came out in this bad weather to support the team. He however called on the community to come out in large numbers to support the boys in the semi final on Saturday coming.