VIDEO : Lonestar held at home by Congo DR

Story by Peterking Quaye : Liberia’s  Lone Star was held at home by Congo DR draw  in a  Group G 2019  Africa Cup of Nations qualifier over the weekend at the SKD Sports complex n Monrovia .

A 1-1 scoreline in Monrovia was enough to see a more physical DR Congo side holding the ecstatic Liberian soccer fans spellbound . In attendance was President and world soccer legend  George Weah .

The developing team-Lonestar was at a sight to see as they string their passes with ease to the admiration of the filled SKD Sports complex , in high anticipation of the fortune of a national team that has been meld with many challenges . Norway based forward Sam Johnson should have gotten the opener for Lone Star after missing three chances.  Liberia dexterous Turkish base forward Tonia Tisdell, was at his best keeping the Congoless defence very busy and worry anytime he surge forward  from the left wing. Stoke City’s player Benik Afobe, was left to wonder on the pitch for many minutes of the match with no chance to easily visit Liberia’s defense as  he was kept in check wit a red eye by local base LISCR FC’s defenders Kemoh Kamara .

Photo by -Peterking, Lead Photojournalist

The 1st half ended  goalless , from the return of recess the Congolese effected some tactical substitutions introducing  Meschak, Assombalanga Britt and Akolo Chadrack in late half of the 2nd half .Substitute Elia Meschak DR Congo’s came off the bench in the 56 minute to help rescue a point for the Leopards, after slotting home the equalizer in the 82 minute to cancel William Jebor’s opener. It was also clear the the 5 missing players of the DR Congo side had some impact on the quality of the team .

Liberiasportsonline can confirm that new captain of Lonestar registered his 10th goal in 11 matches from our research , Jebor, was named the new captain of the national team -at the press match conference , in the 62 minute after he superb  assist from  Anthony Laffor.

The result maintained the Leopards in the second position in Group G with four points-leveled on points with leaders Zimbabwe – who earlier played to a  1-1 scoreline against Congo Brazzaville at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat in Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon.Liberia remains at the bottom of the group, with one point out of two games, like their next opponent Congo Brazzaville.

“I will give credit to my team, because we performed so well, even though we did not get all of the three points that we were aiming for,” coach Kojo said.He added, “The only reason while we drew this game is because our players at a certain stage lost concentration. We were in the lead, and needed to play a more smart game by keeping the ball in our possession.”

The Congolese goal came as a result of a mistake from forward Laffor, after he tried clearing the ball off his half, but the ball traveled into the Lone Star defense, giving goalkeeper Tommy Songo and his full backs no chance to prevent the visitors from getting the equalizer.

Coach Kojo went in search of his first win after he was recently appointed as the new coach that would guide the team through the remaining matches of the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers.

Despite the slow start from the visitor after been overrated by local media , The Lonestar approached to the match was quite a surprise to local fan ,who wanted to see their national team so well . Then came several chances squandering from Jebor and Sam Johnson in the early minutes of the 1st half . It was clear that Liberia created more goal scoring chances from William Jebor making the first attempt with a left-foot strike, but goalkeeper Mossi Anthony was in a better position to make a save.

In the other group match leaders Zimbabwe and Congo settled to a 1-1 draw which means Zimbabwe leads the group with four points followed by DR Congo with similar points while Congo and Liberia have one point each.

Line ups:

( G) Tommy Songo , Kemoh Kamara, Teah Dennis, Joel Johnson, Adolphus Marshell, Allen Njie, Murphy Oscar Dolley, Anthony Laffor (Sekou Konneh 82’), Tonia Tisdell (Sylvanus Nimely 55’), Sam Johnson, William Jebor (C)

Sub: Ashely Williams (G), Alvin Maccornel, Aloysius Simujla, Saah Nyumah, Kpah Sherman.

Anthony Mossi Ngawi (G), Issama Mpeko Djos, Glody Ngonda Muzinga, Wilfred Moke, Christian Luyindama, Nelson Munganga, Jacques Maghoma (Britt Assombalonga 69’), Luamba Fabrice Ngoma, Junior Kabananga Kalonji (Elia Lina Meschack 54’), Jonathan Bolingi, Benik Afobe (Chadrac Akolo74’).

Sub: Joel Kiassumbu, Yannick Bangala Litombo, Bobo Ungenda Muselenge, Chikito Lema Mabidi.

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