Liberia U-20 Suffer 2-0 Loss
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
Liberia’s U-20 football team on Sunday fell prey to their Guinean counterparts 2-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in central Monrovia.
The encounter was part of the first round of matches in the Zambia 2017 U-20 African Youth Championship qualifier.
It was Ibrahims Sylla’s brace in the 40th and 65th that showcased the poor performance of the U-20 Lone Star.
A double blunder from New Hope FC defender, Titus Yeah, created room for Guinean attacker to hit the net twice in front the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Liberia’s only strike on target came in the 7th minute, from the leg of David Tweh who fired from outside the 18 yard box but Sekuoba Camara was on time to make a brilliant safe.
The Nimba United goalkeeper fought to clear the danger, but the Guinean striker was too clever and fast.
Sylvanus Nimely created penalty for Liberia in the 74th minute, but deputy skipper Melvin Blapoh failed to utilize the opportunity, kicking the ball slowly in the hands of Camara.
Christopher Wreh’s starting-II embraced by two oversea players, Sylvanus Nimel based in Chez Republic and Holland-based Omaru Fofana was shy in front of goal as they could only manage a shot on target in the first 45minutes.
Sylvanus Nimely created penalty for Liberia in the 74th minute, but deputy skipper Melvin Blapoh failed to utilize the opportunity, kicking the ball weakly in the hands of Kamara.
The Guinean U-20 took hold of the entire second half of the match enjoying possession away from home.
The result left Coach Wreh and his technical team with more work to do as they will have to score three goals without conceding any in the second leg next week in Conakry.
Guinea now has an added advantage ahead of the second leg of the 2017 Africa Under-20 Youth Championship expected to take place in Zambia.