Monrovia – Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division league leaders FC Fassell on Sunday sustained her second defeat of the season at the hands of Nimba United FC.
Nimba United came from a goal down to dumped FC Fassell 3-2 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in revenge match at the Fassell defeated United at their home ground the North Star Stadium in Mount Barclay 2-1.Striker Farsedu Logan scored the match curtain racer for Fassell in the seventh minute from a prolific cross received from teammate Terrence Tisdell but their lead lasted for three minutes.
Nimba United newly signed midfielder Anderson Roberto was instrumental in his team’s success against Fassell FC as his perfect ball control and the number of tactical passes from the midfielder resulted into the three goals against Fassell.United’s first goal was scored in the 10th minute through striker Mustapha Lomell placement after a mistake from Fassell goalkeeper Samson Giddings.
Lomell again got his side second goal in the 11th minute just a minute after scoring United equalizer but his second goal came through a defensive blunder caused by defender Didier Sossa of Fassell, they retained their lead up to the end of the first half.Nimba United resumed the second and final half of the game with lots of pressure and total ball possession.
Newly signed Nimba United striker Bill Hiah came close to increasing the score to three in the 49th minute through a free header but his ball traveled over the cross bar.Hiah again in the 62nd minute came close to scoring but was brought down in the penalty box by defender Alvin Marconei which resulted into a penalty and the defender was red carded.
Defender Stanley Whitefield increased Nimba United lead to 3-1 in the 64th minute through a super strike from the penalty spot.Later in the 79th minute Fassell pulled a goal back through Logan after an error from United defender Ben Beniah.
After reducing the score to 3-2, Fassell took total control of the game with full pressure on the defense of Nimba United with several shots on target but none materialize into goal. Later in the 84th minute Fassell FC Mohammed Syllah was sendoff after receiving his second yellow card resulting into a red card. Nimba United Head coach Abraham Sese told reporters that his side win against Fassell especially in the second phase of the league is something he usually does against his opponents in all of the leagues he has participated in as Head coach.
He described Nimba United victory against the league leaders Fassell FC and one of the powerful teams in the country as a signal to the rest of their opponents in the league that they are ready to fight for their place and the title.
“My team win against Fassell is a signal to the rest of our opponents that none of them will take a free ride against my side in the ongoing second phase of the league as it happen during the first phase.He appreciated his players for the job well done against Fassell but urged them to keep focus as the league continues.
Fassell Captain James Walatee described his side’s lost to Nimba United as a setback for them but urged his teammates to make a strong comeback in their next match which will be against BYC in the LFA FA Cup on Friday at the ATS.
source: Macaulay Sombai /frontpage africa