Lahoud, Konate Internationals – Africa Cup of Nations Qualification on Tragic Matchday 2

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Pa Konate and Mike Lahoud were absent from FC Cincinnati’s postponed match against Louisville City FC on Saturday. The pair represented two different countries, but didn’t see any playing time in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers held on Sunday.

Mike Lahoud – Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

Mike Lahoud’s Sierra Leone fell 1-0 to Ethiopia at Hawassa International Stadium on Sunday. A 35th minute penalty kick by Getaneh Kebede gave Ethiopia the victory. Mike Lahoud was in the 18-man squad, but did not appear in the contest. In a shock result in the same group, African powerhouse Ghana fell to a shorthanded Kenya on Saturday. All four teams in Group F have 3 points after two matches, with Ghana leading the way on goal difference. Sierra Leone faces Ghana next on October 10th in Ghana.

Pa Konate – Guinea 🇬🇳

Pa Konate traveled but did not make the 18-man squad for Guinea. However, his new international side earned a 1-0 victory over the Central African Republic. Partizan Belgrade striker Seydouba Soumah scored the winner in the 65th minute. It was Konate’s first match for his father’s nation after playing his youth career and three friendlies for Sweden, where he was born. Guinea now leads Group H with 6 points. Their next match is at home against Rwanda on October 10th. That match falls between FC Cincinnati’s last two games of the season against Pittsburgh and Nashville SC. Konate shared the following scenes of his experience after the match.

Tragedy in Madagascar

A tragic situation in Madagascar overshadowed qualifying on matchday 2. One person was confirmed dead with at least 37 others injured in a stampede before the qualifier between Madagascar & Senegal in Antananarivo.

The finals of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations will be held in June 2019 in Cameroon. Qualification for the tournament extends over 6 match days held between June of 2017 to March of 2019. The current set of fixtures represents matchday 2 of the qualification process. If these two players continue to be selected at the international level, they will play again in October and November of 2018, and March of 2019.

While it’s certainly a great honor for these players to represent their teams in an international competition, it must to be disappointing to travel that distance and not see any playing time. Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.

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