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County Meet Favorites Bassa, Nimba County pair in Second Round

Kolubah Zayzay
Current National Football Champions of the County Meet
Current National Football Champions of the County Meet

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The draw for Round two (2) of the 2016/17 National County Sports took place Thursday, December 15, 2015  at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, with two of the favorites drawing each other.

Grand Bassa County, the current holders of the competition were drawn against four times champions Nimba county in Group B.

The two giants will face yet to win the title Lofa County, and one time winners, Margibi County for qualification to the semifinal.

Nimba finished at the top of their group, ahead of Montserrado County, while Grand Bassa came second in their group behind Grand Cape Mount County.

Lofa and Margibi Counties faced each other in the preliminaries, failing to score a goal against each other.

The Group B games will begin Wednesday December 20, 2016 with two times finalists Lofa County taking on Grand Bassa County.

Nimba will face Margibi County who are yet to register a goal in the competition.
Group B is described by many pundits as group of death.
In Group A, last season defeated finalists and a favorite, Montserrado County were paired against Maryland, 2013 Champions Grand Cape Mount and River Gee Counties.

They will face each other to decide which two sides will progress to the last four.

Montserrado County is seen as a favorite in that group even though they did not win a match in their first round, but drew all three matches to finish behind Nimba County as runners up.

River Gee and Maryland Counties know each other well after playing to a 0-0 draw in their Group in Harper.

In Kickball, the pairings are also interesting in both groups as the counties in the last eight have some of kickball greats.

Margibi County who lost once in last year’s edition (lost in the final to Nimba) will face Maryland County, Grand Gedeh County and Montserrado County in Group A. Grand Gedeh are the underdogs in that group, but could pull a surprise like they did against Maryland.

Defending Champions, Nimba County who are yet to taste defeat, will face former Champions Bong County, as well as Grand Bassa and Gbarpolu counties in Group B.

That group is tight, as all of the teams have strong ambition to finish as winners this year, but with the squad Nimba County has, the tournament is theirs to loss.


                        FULL DRAW

KICKBALL
GROUP A          
Margibi
Maryland
Grand Gedeh
Montserrado

GROUP B
Grand Bassa
Bong
Nimba
Gbarpolu


FOOTBALL

GROUP A
Maryland
Montserrado
Cape Mount
River Gee

GROUP B
Lofa
Grand Bassa
Nimba
Margibi

 

FIXTURE

Kickball December 20, 2016
Game: 1. Margibi vs Maryland
Game: 2. Grand Gedeh vs Montserrado
Football December 20, 2016
Game: 1. Maryland vs Montserrado
Game: 2. Cape Mount vs River Gee

Kickball December 21, 2016
Game: 1. Grand Bassa vs Bong
Game: 2. Nimba vs Gbarpolu

Football December 21, 2016
Game: 1. Lofa vs Grand Bassa
Game: 2. Nimba vs Margibi

 


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