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Lone Star beaten 4-1 by Angolas Palancas Negras

BY Kolubah Zayzay

( Liberia National Football Team, the Lone Star, has been beaten 4-1 by their Angolan counterpart, the Palancas Negras.

The match, played away to Angola Saturday, September 7, 2013, concluded Lone Star’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Lone Star squad, comprising meanly local players (exception being Prince Borley from the Philippines) was played at the Tundaval stadium in Lunbago City.

According to reports, the home team featured entirely a local-based team.

The report said: “The Angolans are building a new team, because the current mean squad has not brought them any victory, but defeats."

Though the Lone Star has been eliminated from the race with a home defeat to Senegal in June, 2013, the team was playing for pride and chance to improve its FIFA ranking.

However, their hope of a first win over the Palancas Negras in four attempts was dashed by a massive 4-1 blow by the hosts who started the scoring in the eleventh minute through striker, Guedes Lupapa.

The first half of the match ended with just that lone goal, despite several goal chances that came the way of the home side.

The Angolans Uruguayan Coach, Gustavo Ferrín, seeing the sluggishness of the Liberians in midfield and defense, change his tactics in the second half by sending additional players upfront to pressurize the visitors.

Coach Ferrín’s approach worked well for his side as the Angolans scored three second-half goals in sixteen minutes to stage their first win over Liberia’s Lone Star.

Cristóvão Paciência Mabululo made it 2-0 for the Palancas Negras, just two minutes after the restart of the match.

Guilherme Afonso scored on his debut international appearance with Angola with a sixty minute goal which increased the hosts’ lead to three goals.

The fourth goal for the Angolans came from another debutant, 19 year-old Right-back, Abdul Nzayinawo. That win was the Palancas Negras biggest win since 2007, thus helping them finish the campaign in third place.

Many sports enthusiasts are predicting that the new build-up will surely make meaningful advances in the next FIFA Coca-Cola Rankings.

Marcus Macaulay of LISCR FC scored a consolation for Liberia in the 78th minutes.

Just as the Lone Star began the Road to Brazil 2014 with a 3-1 flogging away to Senegal, they concluded it with yet another lost away to Angola.

Many football fans in Monrovia reacting to the weekend’s defeat of Liberian side said: “The result was not surprising as we anticipated a poor showing of the Lone Star in Angola as football officials have failed to have carried on proper planning for the National Team.”


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