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Lone Star sadly bows out of 2017 Nation’s Cup Final

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Liberia's Senior National Team, Lone Star
Liberia's Senior National Team, Lone Star

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Liberia has miserably bowed out of the 2017 African Nation’s Cup Final to take place in Libreville, Gabon.

The   National  Football  Team, the  Lone Star, got  a  1 to 4  defeat   at  the  hands  of  Tunisia. The match, widely publicized in the various local media, was played on Sunday, September 4, 2016 in the Tunisian Capital, Tunis.

The defeat  means  the  Lone Star is out of  the  2017  Final  of  the  African Nation’s  Cup to  take  place  in Libreville, Gabon. The Lone Star used the 4-4-2 formation against the Tunisians.

The  Liberian team conceded  the  first  goal  in  the fifth minute of the match  after  a flat-footed  defense  gave  away  a chicky pass  that  saw   the Tunisian winger, Khazri, tapped the ball  from  inside  the  box   for  the Tunisians  to  beat goalie Garley James  to  his   right side.

Following  that  goal, the Lone Star almost  came  closer  to  scoring when   Anthony Laford  rounded  up  three  players, but  his  effort  was  wasted  from  a set piece from 25 yards  out.

William Jerboe  could  have  leveled  for  Liberia  from  close  range,  but   he fumbled  and the  ball was taken  away.

The Tunisians,  who lost  the  first  leg  to  the  Lone  Star 0 – 1 in Monrovia    few  months  ago, pushed  harder  until attacker Khenisis  finished  up  on  a poor  clearance  from  Liberia’s goalkeeper, Garley  James,  to put  the  North African side up 2-0  in  the 35th  minute.

Goalkeeper James had gone for a clearance out of his box, but miserably   missed the rushing ball, which the Tunisian attacker effectively utilized by scoring their 2nd. Goal before half time.

Upon  resumption  of  the  2nd  half, goalie  James again gave  away the 3rd  goal to the Tunisians before local player, Mark Paye, got the consolation on 71st.  minute.

Prolific  goal   getter,  William Jerboe,  was a shadow  of  himself  as  he  was closely policed  by the  back  four  of Tunisia.

Head Coach, James Debbah, on the line without his deputy, Kelvin Sewgbe, could not believe his eyes seeing his side slipping out.

Liberia's ten-points-tie  with Tunisia  in  Group  A  Was  wasted  without reaching its  3rd  Nation’s  Cup appearance. The West African Nation made its first appearance Nation’s Cup Final in1996 in South Africa, and 2002 in Mali.

It  can  be  recalled  the Lone  Star lost  to Ivory Coast 0 to 3  few  months  ago  in Abidjan  to miss out  on  the 2018  FIFA  World Cup Final, due  to  take  place  in Russia.

Meanwhile, sixteen countries have now qualified for next years’ Nation’s Cup   Final.

They are Togo, D-R-Congo, Mali, Uganda and Burkina Faso. Others are Defending Cup Holder, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Guinea Bissau, Egypt, and Algeria. The rest are Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cameroon, Tunisia and Host, Gabon.

The sixteen qualified nations were  made known, following  the  last  round  of  matches  played  from  Saturday,  September 3 to  Sunday,  September 4, 2016. The 2017 Nation’s Cup starts early next year.



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