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Liberia Beaten 3-1 in CHAN Qualifier

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Liberia Coach James Salinsa Debbah has conceded two defeats in his only two competitive matches
Liberia Coach James Salinsa Debbah has conceded two defeats in his only two competitive matches

( 23, 2015)-Liberia was beaten 3-1 by Guinea in the first leg match of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier.

The match was played Monday, June 22, 2015 in the Malian Capital, Bamako. Liberian “home-based” National Team, the Lone Star, was down 2-0 before Dweh Allison pulled a goal back for the home side but Guinea added the third in the dying minutes of the match to finish 3-1.

The match, a home fixture for Guinea, was delayed by 24 hours, due to flight difficulties the Liberian team experienced in getting the to Bamako.

The game had to be played in Mali, because of the Ebola situation in Guinea.

A request from Liberia to CAF to have the match postponed from Sunday, June 21 to Tuesday, June 23 was rejected by Guinea at the weekend.

The second leg will come on July 5 in Monrovia. A total of 42 countries are competing for fifteen places up for grip.

The finals will take place in Rwanda between January and February, 2016. Several countries, however, were in actions over the weekend as the qualifier got off.

This was Coach James Salinsa Debbah second match in Charge of the Lone Star after falling to Togo 2-1 recently in the qualifiers of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations 

Title holders, Libya, began their defense by edging Tunisia 1-0 in Casablanca, but lost to Morocco 3-0 in the final game of the North Zone’s triangular tournament.

Senegal overcame its neighbors, The Gambia, 3-1 in Darkar, and Mali came from behind to force a 1-1 draw in Guinea Bissau.

Other results in the African Nations Championship qualifying rounds, speak of Mauritania to have defeated Sierra Leone 2-1, Namibia whipped Zambia 2-1, and Mozambique staged the biggest win at the weekend, whipping Seychelles 5-1.

Also, South Africa defeated Mauritius 3-0, Swaziland and Angola played to a 2-2 draw and, Lesotho and Botswana drew 0-0.


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