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Lone Star eliminated from African Nations Championship Tournament

Michael Weah/Benjamin S. Taingay
The Lone Star Squard
The Lone Star Squard

(elbcradio.com/July 6, 2015)-In less  than  two months, Liberia   has  been  booted  out   of   another  major  football  tournament  on  the  African  Continent.

The  National  Football  Team, “Lone  Star,”  took its exit from the  African  Nations  Championship  Tournament  when the team drew 1 – 1 with its Guinean counterpart at home  Sunday, July 6, 2015.

The  venue of the match,  the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS),  saw  Liberia’s Lone  Star taking  the   lead  in  the   36th minute from  a  spot  kick.

Lone Star  player,  Showlee  Deco,  was  on  a  solo drive  from  an  assist  from   Captain  Tronkon  Zeon  when  he  was  brought  down by Guinean defender,   Daoda   Kamara,    in the   box  and, hence, the Referee awarded the Liberian National Team a  spot  kick.

The stadium went wild when Liberia’s Victilie Sieh struck the net from the penalty spot.

That goal, however, did not in any way scared away the visitors from mounting pressure to get an equalizer.
A  brilliant  save  in  the  40th  minute from   Liberia’s goalie,  Samson  Giddings, denied  Musa Diawara   of   Guinea  from  hitting  home  the  equalizer.

The visitors,  however,  came  back  in   the  second  half,  when  substitute  player,  Alseny  Kamara,  got  on   to  a   counter partnership  with  Sekou  Kamara, Tiago Kamara,  and Aboubakar Bangura to  level  things  out  for  Guinea.

Head Coach, James Salinsa Debah, and his technical staff stood speechless when the visitors equalized.

The failure by the Liberian side to defend their lone goal-lead against the Guinean national team was due to poor defending.

The Lone Star was in search of a two zero victory in Sunday’s game to qualify for the next round.

The  Introduction  of James  soto Roberts  for  shadow  man, Mohammed  Varney,  and  Dweh  Allison  for David  Ziah did  not  change anything  for  Liberia  as  the  Guineans  stood   their  ground  to hold   on   to the  one  all  draw.

The Guineans won the first leg 1-3 and have gone on to the next round on a 4-2 aggregate.

It can be recalled   that Liberia’s under-23 team, a month ago, was eliminated from the 2016 Olympic football qualifiers by   the Ghanaian side

 


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