Disheartened Liberians on their way back home after Lone
Star failed to get the job done again
By Edwin Boy Dolo
Liberians again left the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports (SKD)
Complex disheartened, bruised in their spirit, and hung
their heads in shame after their darling Lone Star felt prey
in their own backyard to the ferocious Tarenga Lions of
The Lone Star dreadfully bowed 2-0 to the Tarenga Lions who
are now seated at the top of group “J” with nine points, one
point ahead of Uganda after five games.
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Supporters left the stadium with mix reactions with many
blaming the players for their inability to deliver for the
last one decade, while others attributed the team’s failure
to flourish in any given competition and lack of programs
and passion from football stakeholders.
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The squad motivated by Soccer Legend George Weah and former
goal keeper Louis Crayton, who striped himself naked before
the kickoff of the match just to build up the momentum from
the supporters fail to break Senegal unbeaten record against
But whatever the case may be the dream of reaching the
Brazil’s 2014 World Cup ended with Newcastle striker Demba
Cisse scoring a penalty and a powerful shot in both halves
to seal the doom of the homesters and stamp the win for the
Lions, who are now homeless due to CAF ban.
Liberia began the match on a flamboyant note with early
chances, but as usual could not put the ball at the back of
Omega Roberts wrapped home a superb Anthohy Laffor header in
the Senegalese 18-yard box, but France-based Coundoul Bouma
excellently sent it out for the Lone Star first corner kick
opportunity in the sixth minute.
Liberia kept possession, but conceded a penalty following a
bad defensive play 10th minute. Alex Karmo who made his
first international home debut, fouled Demba Cisse thus
giving the Barclay Premier League striker the chance to get
the curtain raiser.
Cisse sent goalie Nathaniel Sherman scampering in thin air
as the ball hit the net behind him, while Lone Star gasp and
tears in welling in the eyes of others.
As Nathaniel and the Cisse ball parted ways, Senegalese fans
who were drumming burst into celebration as their
compatriots registered the first goal of match.
Liberians jumped of their feet when Omega pitted the ball at
the bottom of the net for a redeemer, but referee Davies
Omweno sounded his whistle for foul against teammate Francis
Doe thus disallowing the goal to the disenchantment of the
Cisse again made it 2-0 zero after cleverly getting by
defender Ansu Toure before firing a rocketed volley from the
edge of the 18-yard box.
The goal got the Liberian supporters bitter as they began to
throw plastic bags of water on the pitch. This incident
brought the match to momentary halt for ten minutes, but
play resumed after Liberian police intervention.
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The Lone Star fought to level the score with Cocah Frank
Jericho Nagbe substituting Alex Karmo who dismally
functioned at the right-back, bringing in Francis Jallabah
from Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), his second
Jericho also brought on Sekou Oliseh Jabateh for speedy
Tonia Tisdell and Herron Berrian for the tiring Patrick Wleh.
But the latter changes were of no help as the Senegalese
extended their unbeaten record against Liberia to 13
Liberia and Angola are out of contention, but meet in
September for the last fixture, while Senegal will meet
Uganda who needs a win in Conakry to progress while a draw
will be enough for the Senegalese