IE’s Sorrow Turns To Joy: This World!
By Omari Jackson
Liberians are people who, despite their agonies, can turn
sorrow into joy. If you don’t believe me, ask the president
of Invincible Eleven soccer team, Mr. Richard Tolbert, for
an overview of the team’s recent 4-1 loss to Wydad Athletic
Club of Casablanca.
The game was not a friendly match but he told reporters
after the team’s crushing humiliation that his team’s
experience was a “loss-Win Situation.”
It was a loss because of the 4-1 drubbing, and at the same
time a win due to what he described as an “institutional
partnership” with the Moroccans. And what does it involve?
He said it involves invitation for a 25-man delegation to
take part in Wydad’s Annual Competition, in Morocco in July.
Even my good friend, the team’s acting vice president for
operations Mr. Kekura Kamara ( of the popular Malawala
Balawala fame) was not being comical when he said IE
received twenty two pairs of boots, jerseys and training
kits, as well as CDs with instructional materials,
apparently Wydad’s contribution to help the team do better
So despite the disappointing show case of Invincible Eleven,
they have turned their sorrow into joy.
But what were the causes of the team’s defeat in Morocco?
Among other factors, Mr. Tolbert blamed 1. The weather 2.
Slippery field and 3. Home advantage. But then he said the
institutional partnership was due to Invincible Eleven’s
“professional field of play,” (which caused them 4-1 loss)
and the warm hospitality accorded the Moroccans during the
first leg in Monrovia, which Invincible Eleven lost 2-0.
During the first leg, did the weather not help Invincible
Eleven? What about the Home Advantage? Did the Sunshine
Yellow Boys not get the support of throngs of their fans?
Ok. Let me end this with a summary: before a teeming
home-crowd, Invincible Eleven could not hold themselves
against their opponents. So the Morocco encounter,
considering the performance of the team, was a foregone
winner for the Moroccans.
Please let’s do this simple examination: Liberia’s Champion
Club, LIRS FC lost both home and away to their Ghanaian
counterparts to a humbling score of 5-0 and Invincible
Eleven suffered 6-1 against Wydad Athletic Club.
What do the results tell you? I don’t know about you, but
the results tell me this: Our league is substandard. Did I
hear they have Premier and First Division Leagues? I hope
the wise will understand.