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The qualifying draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations took place Wednesday January 12, 2017 in Gabon pitting several former champions against one another.

Liberia Lone Star with two appearances record was handed central and east African opponents in Group G for the qualifying round.

The Lone Star of Liberia will play DR Congo, Congo, and Zimbabwe as the country searches for a third nation’s cup appearance in Cameroon in January 2019.

In addition to hosts Cameroon, the 12 group winners will qualify alongside the the three best runners-up.

Should the Indomitable Lions top their group, the second-placed side in Group B will contest the finals.

The group stage of qualifying starts in June and concludes in November 2018.

Draw in full:
A: Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Sao Tome/Madagascar
B: Cameroon, Morocco, Malawi, Comoros/Mauritius
C: Mali, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti/South Sudan
D: Algeria, Togo, Benin, The Gambia
E: Nigeria, South Africa, Libya, Seychelles
F: Ghana, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Kenya
G: DR Congo, Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia
H: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Central African Republic, Rwanda
I: Burkina Faso, Angola, Botswana, Mauritania
J: Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, Swaziland
K: Zambia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia
L: Cape Verde, Uganda, Tanzania, Lesotho

Published in Lonestar News


Nimba versus Lofa Encounter today will determine results
By: Omari Jackson

Nimbaians take many things in life seriously and that also includes how they handle what they do for entertainment. And this afternoon at 3pm, the county’s football team will attempt to demand what is theirs against Lofa County in their final match in the County Meet Group B at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

And like the Nimbaians, the people of Lofa County are equally ambitious and they may likely not allow, yes, not allow themselves going down without a fight.

With Nimba’s determination and Lofa’s resistance, the only thing remaining to settle scores will be the strengths of their respective players at what is expected to be a grueling 90 minutes encounter.

Both counties have come so far and there should be something that can separate the best from the two, and that will be determined after the game today. Will it be Nimba or Lofa County to cruise forward?

The two counties are prepared for this afternoon’s encounter and it is safe to say that the Nimbaians may call for extra-ordinary forces hidden in Mount Nimba while their opponents may seek assistance from Mount Wologizi.

While it is too easy to say that because Global Witness, the British advocacy group, was able to draw attention on an attempt to have mishandled Mount Wologizi, the Lofa team is fully re-energized to demand what is theirs.

But the problem is Nimba has demonstrated that it cannot be a mere pushover when it comes to important issues, including the struggle to demand respect. It is true that Nimba County is setting the pace in many endeavors in the country for others to follow; for instance, the economic development and its attendant employment opportunities in the county is beyond compare, and hence may prove a point with a victory.

But was Lofa not in the past Liberia’s Breadbasket? True, Nimba County can equally claim a share in that honor and that makes this afternoon’s challenge between the two more exciting.

It is true that Nimba County Sports Association Chief Tomah She Floyd is the man of the moment (remember he is Daily Observer’s Man of Year 2016), but Lofa County’s Attorney Cole Bangalu is marshaling his boys for an afternoon of beautiful soccer that both counties will relish for a long time to come.

Published in National County Meet
Thursday, 05 January 2017 15:10

Montserrado, Maryland Advance To Semi-Finals

By: Anthony Kokoi

After advancing to the second phase of the ongoing National County Sports Meet, Montserrado and Maryland counties yesterday booked their slots in the semi-finals of the competition at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, with seven and four points respectively.

The Harper Boys advanced to the semi-finals despite conceding 2-1 to Grand Cape Mount County in the day’s first encounter.
Cape Mount took the lead in the first half following a controversial decision by referee Sam Kotie.

Referee Kotie sounded his whistle and raised his arm indicating an indirect free kick, but the goal was scored through a direct free kick in the stoppage time of the first half.
According to FIFA rules, a goal may not be scored directly from an indirect free kick, rather it must be touched by a second player before a goal can be scored.

Despite going for the break and down from the controversial goal, the Harpers Boys returned with a high level of enthusiasm and applied pressure on their opponents.

Their attacks resulted to a goal after Victor Allison smartly swung in a goal about 20 yards away, down the left wing of Cape Mount’s defense, in the 59th minute.

But Cape Mount, in search of two goals, regained control – which led to the team’s second goal in the 80th minute.

In the second game, Montserrado booked their space after defeating River Gee 2-0.
The first half ended goalless with River Gee having the best of goal scoring opportunities.

River Gee’s winger, Musa Kamara, had two opportunities in the 5th and 33rd minutes, the former struck with his left foot outside the 18-yard box that was prevented by the left goalpost.

The latter chance was a one-on-one opportunity that Kamara failed to net home by kicking the ball directly to goalkeeper Koffa Nimely.

River Gee continued their attacks upon returning from the break in search of win to qualify for the semi-final, but Montserrado finally secured the slot after a double substitution in the 64th minute.

The introduction of the county’s lone goal scorer against Grand Cape Mount, Joseph Zayzay and striker Musa Kebbah brought a change in the team’s performance which led to Zayzay’s second goal as a substitute, four minutes after his introduction.

Montserrado doubled their advantage to clinch their spot as semi-finalists after striker Musa Kebbah got the curtain raiser in the 73rd minute, with an assist from first goal scorer, Zayzay.

Montserrado qualified for the next stage with seven points, three goals following a win against Grand Cape Mount and River Gee counties and a draw against Maryland County, who progressed with four points and a goal after defeating River Gee and securing a point against Montserrado County in their first game in the second phase.

Musa Karama of River Gee earned a carton of books, football and cellcom T-shirts for being the Man of the Match by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, despite his team not qualifying for the semi-finals.

The next two semi-finalists from Group “B” will be decided today at the ATS, when Nimba County goes against Lofa County, and Margibi County against defending champions Grand Bassa County.

Margibi tops the group with four points, while Grand Bassa and Nimba counties share two points apiece, with Lofa in the bottom position with a point.

Published in National County Meet

By Sylvester Worwee

Abraham Fahnbulleh has been elevated to the level of Fifa assistant referee, nine years after he joined the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA).

Fahnbulleh and seven others “knights of the whistle” received the prestigious FIFA badge on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia.

The Liberian match officials passed the mandatory “Cooper test”, an approved fitness test for international referees and will be included on the international panel for this year. Liberia’s roster for 2017 FIFA badge referees has three new comers; in assistant referees Abraham Fahnbulleh, Sekou Kanneh and center referee, Hassan Corneh. Veteran referees, Jerry Yekeh, Isaac Montgomery, George Rogers, assistant referees Elisha Johnson and Johnson Gbartea complete the listing. “Referees do not have good names, especially from the losing teams and fans.

“I want to use this opportunity to caution you [referees] to see yourselves as ambassadors and lead by example” Cllr. Joseph Kollie, President of Liberia Football Referee Association told the elite referees at the presentation ceremony.

No explanation was given by LIFRA for the omission of center referee Christopher Nylander, assistant referees Joseph Hoff and Francis Sannoh from the international list of referees.

Fahnbulleh, 28 kicked off his referee career in 2008, after he completed 10 months of tutorship under FIFA/CAF technical instructor Idrissa Kaba.

However, it wasn’t until 2009, before he featured in his first official match under the Sinkor Sub-committee of the Liberia Football Association.

Four years on, Fahnbullah began officiating First Division matches.

Prior to his promotion as National Referee (Class B) in 2013, the 28-year old officiated both as center and assistant referee in several Second Division and Third Division Play-off matches.

“My gratitude goes to the Liberia Football Association Referee Standing Committee and LIFRA for the nomination.

“Sincerely, this wouldn’t have been possible without their support,” the newly FIFA badge ref intoned.

Fahnbulleh first gained promotion as County Referee (Class C) in 2011, a year after he participated in the 2010 National County Sports Meet in Buchanan, Grand Bassa as a junior referee.

He has participated in several other top class matches including two FA Cup finals, one County Meet Third Place match, one President Cup match, one County Meet semifinal match, LFA District League final among others.

The elite assistant referee has also obtained certificates from numerous national and international training courses including, a high level Training Course for Non FIFA Referee in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in September, 2015.

Published in LFA League
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