By Varney K. Sirleaf
The historical County Meet Final in the football category between Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties ended yesterday with Bassa emerging as winner after two decades of trophy drought. The game started at about 6:30 prime meridian at the Samuel Kayon Doe Stadium with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf taking the kick-off.
With just 6 minutes of play, David Paye of Grand Bassa County got the first goal and the number 10 player of Grand Bassa scored the second goal in the 33 minutes of the first half.
In the second half the boys of Nimba County came out with strong determination but missed several chances of scoring goals until the 67 minutes of the game when Bangalee Kromah of Grand Bassa County blundered and registered a goal in his own net which was the only consolation goal for Nimba.
With all frantic efforts made by Nimba, Grand Bassa stood her ground and maintained the 2-1 advantage over Nimba for 90 minutes of play.
It is recorded that the last time Bassa won the County Meets cup was against the same Nimba County 24 years ago.
Prior to the grand final, Grand Gedeh whipped Bong County 4 goals to 0 in the Third place category.
In other sports categories Bong defeated Margibi 9 homes to 7 homes in the Kickball category; in the Basketball category, Bassa claimed her second cup with 73 points to 55 for Bong County. Margibi County also defeated Bomi County 83 points to 81 points for the Basketball third place category.
In Volleyball Nimba won Bomi 3 sets to 2 sets, while Cheapee Nyumah of Gbarpolu took the MVP award for Track and Field in the male category and Anis Fargi also began the MVP for the female category of the Track and Field.
Meanwhile, several persons got injured while trying to enter the stadium. Some fainted because of the heat and others were seriously injured while tussling with the security personnel.