Sierra Leone pips Liberia in WAFU 2019

Liberia’s WAFU team will now participate in the Plate completion for losers at the 2019 WAFU Nations Cup, having suffered a 1-0 defeat against Sierra Leone on Monday, September 30 at the Stade Lat Dior in Dakar, Senegal.

Sierra Leone held on to their 1-0 lead to progress to the quarterfinals of the Cup competition a day after the game was postponed due to “floodlight failure.” The game, which started on Sunday night, was postponed after 71 minutes of play with Sierra Leone leading Liberia 1-0.Sierra Leone broke the dead lock in the 40th minute when Suffian Kalokoh capitalized on a mistake in the Lone Star’s defense, and superbly volleyed home a left-foot shot from the edge of the box. Both teams had lots of chances prior to the opener, but were unlucky to find the back of the net.

Liberia looked a lot fresher than they did the night before and came close to equalizing in the 75th minute when Daniel Paye worked his way into the box, but he saw his 14-yard effort magnificently saved by the fingertips of the Sierra Leone keeper. The Liberians threw players forward in the final 10 minutes, but could not find a goal as the Leone Stars held on for the slender victory.

Sierra Leone are the happiest side at the tournament after progressing to the next round, despite a late call up. The Leone Stars were reinstated in the tournament five days to the game day to replace invited guest team Morocco. Sierra Leone will now progress into the quarterfinals of the Cup competition, where they will play Mali on October 6, while Liberia will take part in the Plate quarterfinals against another loser, Niger, on October 6, according to ESPN Africa.

Liberia’s WAFU team, a team comprising home-based players and led by coach Robert Lartey, and his technical staff, left for camp on Sunday, September 22, and are expected to depart for Senegal on Friday, September 27. WAFU Nations Cup is an association football competition that is contested by representative teams in the sub region. Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament with the first eight winners progressing to  the full Cup competition, while the losers drop into the Plate competition. It’s a straight knockout format from there on.

Full WAFU squad :

Goalkeepers: Alpha Jalloh (BYC), Emmanuel Deanneh (Nimba United) and Reuben King (Nimba Kwado)

Defenders: William Seigbeh and Mehnpaine Dolo (BYC-II); Karleo Anderson and Daniel Paye (Bea Mountain); Benjamin Doe (LISCR FC), Madison Gaye (Muscat FC), Henry Sakama (Watanga FC) and Josephus Mantor (Nimba Kwado).

Midfielders: Rufus Padmore (BYC-II), Theo Nimely (Watanga FC), Varney Sando (LPRC Oilers) and Wurie Barie (Mighty Blue Angels)

Strikers: Varney Dukuly (Nimba United), Terry Sackor (LPRC Oilers), Christian Doe (BYC-II), Kelvin Potis (BYC), Mark Yallah (Muscat FC) and Mark Karley (LISCR FC)

Source: Daily Observer


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