Guinea boots Liberia out of 2017 U-20
BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
An 84th minute strike from substitute Fallah Sheriff save Liberia Under-20 from defeat in Conakry, but the LISCR FC winger goal wasn’t enough to keep Liberia in the Zambia 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier as Guinea progressed to the next stage of the competition on a 3-1 aggregate, thanked to the Junior Syli National 2-0 first leg win in Monrovia.
Liberia dreams of playing in its first ever African Youth Championship renamed Under-20 Africa Cup of Nation ended in Conakry yesterday, where Christopher Wleh guided side held the Junior Syli National to a 1-1 draw.
Liberia needed to overturn a two-goal deficit at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry to advance but it was instead the home team that took the lead after 10 minutes through Momo Yansane.
The Guineans started strong by multiplying the pressure on Liberia’s defense that ended up paying with a goal in the 10th minute.
The home team controlled the first half perfectly with Ibrahima Sylla and Momo Yadav suffering the visitors’ backline till the break, but failed to make use of numerous opportunities in front of Emannuel Deanneh’s goal.
However, Liberia emerged the better side in the second stanza and managed to make their pressure tell with the equalizing goal in the 84th minute after Fallah Sheriff found the back of the net.
Coach Wleh’s boys looked more penetrating with offensive actions upon the two teams’ return of the locker room, but without posing any real danger to the Junior Syli that seemed to be complacent after netting an early minute goal to take a 3-0 lead on aggregate.
Liberia continued to threaten the host in search of an equalizer but the Guineans defense held them at bay for the most part of the second half.
Just as the match looked to be heading in favor of the home team, Fallah Sheriff pooped up to score the equalizer six minutes from time to save Liberia from another defeat at the hands of the Guineans.