Twelve Goals: Three Visits

The West African minnows were given a reality check on Thursday evening by the continent’s most in-form side in a friendly in the domain of the Fennecs of Algeria in Oran.The 21 year old enterprising winger Mohamed El Amine Amoura netted a ha-trick plus one as he was the star of the virtually one sided fixture.

The lad of Algerian top flight outfit Setif was a terror in attack with his goals in the 39th, 41st,47th and 68th minute trouncing the Lone Star of Liberia. An 84th minute penalty from Billel Messasudi added more gloss to the score line against an outplayed Lone Star.

Murphy Oscar Dorley ‘s 24th minute strike put the visitors ahead, but the celebration was short lived as the Algerians party started. That was the third visit of the national team of Liberia with 12 goals conceded. The Lone Star can draw positives as they prepare for their 2022 World qualifier opener in September against Nigeria Super Eagles.

The Lone Star of Liberia and Fennecs of Algeria rivalry date back 22 years ago, specifically on February 22, 1999 in an Afcon qualifier at the SKD. After a goalless first period, Rafik Saifi profited from a Joseph Amoah suicidal back pass as the hosts got the early laugh in the 69th minute, but Kolubah Zizi Roberts switched from defense to attack to ensure the Lone Star squeezed draw from the jaws of defeat with a Zizi’s equalizer 17 minutes to the end saving the day. Victor Konwlor lone strike for the visiting Lone Star was not enough in the second leg on April 9,1999, as Hamid Marakchi brace was followed by one each from Rafik Saifi and an own goal from Varmah Kpoto in a match substitute goalie Pewou Bestman refused to replace Sunday Seah who broke his finger due to the cold.

The next duel between the two teams was at the Mali 2002 Afcon finals which ended in a pulsating 2-2 tie on January 25, 2002. Kelvin Sebwe opened the scoring in the 7th minute, but Nasir Akrur found the leveller on the stroke of half time. After the interval, Prince Daye restored parity for the Lone Star 18 minutes to full time, but Algeria’s Nasseredine Krasuche equalized in the 90th minute to cause heartbreak for the red, white and blue outfit.In the 2010 Afcon qualifier.

Algeria steamrolled poor travelers Liberia Lone Star 3-0 on June 6, 2008 with a goal from Rafik Djebbour and a brace from Karin Ziani. The return leg at the SKD ended blank as German man Antoine Hey and co. ended without a single win with three losses and three draws.

Six meetings between Algeria and Liberia with three wins for Algeria and three draws.

No win for Liberia,

Feb. 22, 1999 : Liberia 1 vs 1 Algeria

April 9, 1999: Algeria 4 vs 1 Liberia

Jan. 25, 2002: Algeria 2 vs 2 Liberia

June 6,2008: Algeria 3 vs 0 Liberia

Oct.11, 2008: Algeria 0 vs 0 Liberia

June 17, 2021: Algeria 5 vs 1 Liberia

source: Wleh Bedell / Contributor

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