August 5 2019 : Senegal defeated Liberia 3-0 in a second leg 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier at the Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium in Dakar on Saturday.
Liberia came under waves of attack and were certainly lucky to not have conceded in the first half.It was a period of scaring moments in which goalkeeper Prince Wlame and his defensive quartet of Nuwo Johnson, Daniel Woto, Kemoh Kamara and captain Alvin Maccornel either gave away poor passes or allowed too many crossed balls in front of goal.
It was Jean Louis Barthelemy Diouf who found the curtain raiser in the 49th minute open the scoring-gate for the Teranga Lions in their back yard .Midfielder Diouf, who plays for Génération Foot, received a cut back pass from Youssouph Mamadou Badji inside the 18-yard box to slot home .
It will be the first meeting between Senegal and Liberia in the CHAN qualifiers but the Senegalese have won eight and drawn five matches in their 13 meetings across the African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers and Amilcar Cabral and CEDEAO Cups.
Liberia lost 5-4 to Senegal on kicks from the penalty mark following a goalless draw in the 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) Nations Cup in Ghana on 9 September in their last meeting. Senegal has failed to qualify for the last three CHAN finals in South Africa in 2014, Rwanda in 2016 and Morocco in 2018, having reached the semis in the inaugural edition in Ivory Coast in 2009 and were eliminated in the group stage in Sudan in 2011.
Our research has also ,revealed that Liberia has never crossed the first stage of the qualifiers and under new Thomas Kojo.
In a match were Liberia was first reduced to 10 men ,when Christopher Jackson was stretchered-off and then right back Johnson lost his nearest marker Badji while protesting for a throw-in advantage with assistant referee #2 Delgado Fernandes Wilson Jorge.The players appeared to have lost concentration in the build-up to the goal.
With the score 1-1 on aggregate, the hosts continued their dominance, agility and pace in search of more goals. And it paid-off in the 78th minute when Ousseynou Niang doubled their advantage inside the 18-yard box, having received a square pass few yards away from the center circle.
Senegal sealed their qualification when second half substitute Abdoulaye Ba converted an 81 minute easy set-piece in which Wlame failed to collect.The Teranga Lions will meet the Syli nationale of Guinea in September and October for a place in next year’s finals in Cameroon for a tournament meant for only local players.
Liberia: 16-Prince Wlame, 17-Nuwo Johnson (11-Isaac Pupo 56’), 12-Daniel Woto, 4-Alvin Maccornel (captain), 15-Kemoh Kamara, 18-Ebenezer Solo (3-Marvin Blapoh 45’), 6-Armah Vaikainah, 22-Edward Ledlum, 7-Sam Jackson, 8-Abdulai Yaya Bility, 10-Christopher Jackson (19-Terry Sackor 51’)
Unused substitutes: 1-Tommy Songo, 13-Farsedu Logan, 20-Varney Dukuly and 5-Prince Jetoh.
Senegal: 1-Pape Seydou Ndiaye, 18-El Hadji Moutarou Balde, 4-Djibril Thialaw Diop, 5-Youssou Diagne, 12-Khadim Diaw, 17-Jean Louis Barth Diouf, 22-Ousseynou Niang, 6-Dion Lopy, 2-El Hadji Madicke Kane, 14-Djibril Gueye, 9-Youssouph Mamadou Badji
Substitutes: 16-Pape Abdoulaye Dieng, 3-Mouhamed El Bachir Ngom, 15-Alassane Ndao, 19-Mamadou Lamine Danfa, 8-Abdoulaye Fall, 10-Abdoulaye Ba, 20-Benoint Toupane
Officials: match commissioner Gregorio Badoupa (Guinea Bissau), referee Fabricio Duarte, first assistant Jorge Santos Fonseca Aritson, second assistant referee Delgado Fernandes Wilson Jorge, fourth official Antonio Manuel F. Tony Rodrigues (all from Cape Verde) .