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Disappointed Again!

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 Senegal Sunday.

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.

FIRST GOAL VIDEO



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.

SECOND GOAL VIDEO



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 Liberia.

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 the net.

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 home supporters.

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.

LIBERIANS THROW PEBBLES

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 international cap.

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 matches.

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

 

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