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Liberia U-20 whipped in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Kolubah Zayzay
Liberia Female Under-20
Liberia Female Under-20

Liberia Under-20 Women National Team suffered a 7-1 humiliation at the hands of their Nigerian counterparts.

The match was the first leg of the FIFA Under-20 Women World Cup qualifier played Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.  

It witnessed the visitors dominating all proceedings. Oluwatusin Yetunde scored a hat-trick, while Love Uchendu, after providing four assists, added a brace. 

Veronica Chinwendu and Juliet Sunnday added one each to complete a 7-1 thrashing of the Liberian side. Kanties Sayee scored Liberia’s consolation, as they ended the match down to ten.

The Liberian team had trained for only three days just before the home tie against Nigeria.

The returned leg is expected in two weeks in Nigeria. Following the game, the Nigerian Under-20 Coach, Peter O-fa-sa, said: I am not happy with the performance of my team and support African governments are giving women football.”

He also said: “Not only is the Nigerian Government guilty of not supporting women games, but African Governments as a whole.”

“They are not giving the women teams the same support they are giving the men teams. This is unacceptable, especially with African women teams reaching quarter final round of the Women FIFA World Cup,” Coach Ofasa further noted.

“My players did not play to my expectation, because the team did not receive the kind of preparation needed for the match,” the Nigerian Coach added.

He praised his opponents (Liberian Under-20) and said: “They can become great team in Africa, if the Liberian Government, headed by Africa’s first female President, can give them the needed support.”

The Liberian U-20 head Coach, former Arsenal player, Christopher Wreh, emphasized: “It is disappointing that football in Liberia is not receiving the necessary support from Central Government.”

“I’m not disappointed with the girls, but the lack of support given the team. You cannot train for just three days and expect to win against a country like Nigeria,” Coach Wreh added.


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