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AC Milan and Sierra Leone star targets Nations Cup spot

Rodney Strasser of Sierra Leone (heading the ball) in action for his club side AC Milan

Rodney Strasser thinks Sierra Leone can make the Nations Cup

Sierra Leone international Rodney Strasser says the Leone Stars can still qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.

The Leone Stars are third in Group G of qualifying for the tournament, after earning two draws so far.

The highlight of the campaign so far was a hard-fought 1-1 draw with reigning champions Egypt in Cairo.

“To draw with Egypt in Cairo was special, we’ve never done something like that,” Strasser told the BBC.

“This new team has young players and fresh ideas – I think we can do better,” he said.

The Leone Stars have four matches left in their bid to secure a place at Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012, starting with a trip to Niger in March.

Rodney Strasser talks to the BBC’s Fast Track programme

 

Strasser plays his club football at AC Milan, having been spotted by the Italian giants when featuring for a team sponsored by Sierra Leone’s most famous player, Mohamed Kallon.

The midfielder has struggled to hold down a first team place but is still confident of making his name with Milan.

“It’s not easy because we have big names – but we have about 25 or 27 players and the important thing is that I’m always in the first 22,” he said.

“If I don’t play, I’ll be on the bench. We have so many big names in the team that it’s hard as a young player to get into the team.

“This year, I’ve played against Bolgona, I’ve featured in the Champions League – I hope it will continue like this, because I’m getting closer to what I want to achieve.”

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