By Edwin G. Wandah
Liberia’s hopes and chances to qualify for the first rounds of Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers receive a major setback when the Tyrangar Lions of Senegal defeated the Lone Star two goals to nothing at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex the SKD.
Amidst hundred of Liberian fans yesterday at the SKD, Coach Frank Jericho Nagbe 11 men took the first 15minutes with tactiker display of the ball in the area but could not manage to advance the net of the Senegalese due poor fishing, a play by play of the ball saw the defense of Senegal decomposed for the first 15 to 25 minutes of play.
The first half was directed and led by the Liberians, dominantly shorter than the Senegalese, but the Senegalese, led the game by their heights, using mistakes of the Liberians to launch counters against the Lone Star, but a slight defensive blundered from Liberia’s reliable defender Omega Roberts and a hit on Senegal’s Cisse Papiss Demba resulted to an early penalty in favor of the Senegalese.
However, Senegal early took the lead with Cisse Papiss Demba’s penalty kick, placing Liberia’s Nathaniel Sherman on the side to hit the back of the net, giving Senegal the lead in the early minutes of play. The early minute goal gave Senegal who was reduced to second place in the group after Uganda defeated Angola by two goals to one on Saturday.
The first half ended one goal to nail in favor of the visitors, while after the break, Liberia again took the game to the visitors, but could not manage to redeem to at least reduce the score, but there was some substations made in for Liberia, Liberia’s Francis Jalebah number 18 came in for number 3 Alex Karmo in the 44th minute, Tonia Tisdell took the bench while Sekou Jabateh took the responsibility in the 54th minute and Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh who was hit on the head could not continue as number 19 Hermon Berian surface in to make his debute for his country although Liberia was down by one goal to nothing.
Senegal’s Cisse Papiss Demba could not waste anytime but added another goal to two, frustrating Liberia’s chances to at least taste the back of the net with goals to book her ticket for the second rounds of qualifiers to Brazil comes 2014, while in other yesterday, Uganda defeated Angola by two goals to one.
Senegal was led by 45men delegations including head of delegation Youssouph Camara, team captain Mohamed Diame, French coach Alain Griresse, 31 Journalists from several media institutions in Senegal including “La Presse de Senegale” (The Senegalese Press), Radio, Television Senegalaise, 11 Police Officers and 23 players.
The 23 players are Coundoul Bouna, Sane Luoric Lamine, Mbodji Serigne M. Kaba, Gassana Lamine, Badji Staphane, Diame Mohamed, Gueye Idrissa Gana, Souare Pape N’diye, Mame Sadie and Cisse Papiss Demba.
Others are Sow Moussa, N’diaye Cheikh Jidiane, Mane Ousonane, Gomis Remi, Mbengue, Cheikh Sidy Boya, Sane Salif, Diouf Mame Biram, Toure Zargo, Gueye Papa, Sougou Modou, Diop Papa Kouly, N’doye Dame and Seck Abdoulaye, while Liberia featured Nathaniel Sherman, Alex Karmo, Ansu Toure, Solomon Wesseh, Omega Roberts and Theo Weeks.
The rest of the Liberian players Zah Kraiga, Anthony Landford, Patrick Wleh, Francis Grandpa Doe, Tonia Tisdell and the substitutes are Herman Berian, Alloysius Samujideh, Sekou Jabateh, Boakai Foday, Mulbah Urey, Prince Saybah, James Galley, Francis Jalabah and James Soto Roberts.