Liberia Falls Again
Kpah Sherman during the WAFU nations cup in Nigeria
The National Soccer Team of Liberia had had a disappointing
start for this year’s soccer sojourn.
Even ahead of its encounter with Namibia on February 29,
2012 in the qualification series of the World Cup and 2013
Africa Cup of Nations in Monrovia, the team, on Wednesday
exhibited a dismal display of competitive soccer,
disgracefully bowing down at home to the Super Eagles of
Under the watchful eyes of Italian Coach Roberto Landi, the
Lone Star was defeated 2-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium
in front of a huge home crowd.
Nigeria’s two goals came through striker Azubuike Egwueke.
Liberia’s premiership Golden Boot holder Vatali Sie of LISCR
FC, Watanga FC Puncher Ballah Somah and Barrack Young
Controllers forward Leon Power aimlessly ran the attacking
session of the national team and could hardly manage a
single goal for Liberia.
Even an 83rd-minute golden opportunity which should have
raised the team’s hope was wasted by James Soto Roberts due
to poor anticipation.
Liberia has lost to Nigeria three times in four meetings.
The team settled to a 1-all draw in Monrovia during the
first leg of the London 20212 Olympic qualifiers and got
beaten 6-1 in Lagos by the Super Eagles.
The Lone Star was again whipped 1-0 in the WAFU tournament
just a few days following their 6-1 walloping by Nigerian
home-based team in the second leg of the London Olympic
With such a ‘flat-footed performance by the Lone Star in the
wake of the poor football administration in the country,
soccer fans yesterday expressed fear about the team’s
ability to improve.
In another development, Liberia’s premiership champions
LISCR FC’s international fixture against Berekum Chelsea of
Ghana comes alive this Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman
Four players of the national team will join LISCR FC-
defensive midfielders Gideon Williams and Michael Macaulay,
center back Alvin Dixon, right-back Trokon Zeon and skipper
Vatali Sie will feature for the Liberian side.