Both country’s teams are not ranked by FIFA, with the level of performance put forth today by both country U-17, is a quest to revamp their continental presence in women football, a lot will have to be put into packing their local league.
Over the weekend on 12th January 2020at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), Liberia women U-17 put passed unranked Niger 4-0 in the ongoing female U-17 World Cup qualifier. Liberia was last ranked 92nd in 2009 by FIFA and lowest at 148 as far back in 2015. Since then lost in the FIFA ranking and struggled to make a mark in women’s football, despite been recognized to have one of the early women league in the world.
On the day player Blessing Kieh of Monrovia Football Academy who scored a hat-trick for her side to brush aside a weak defense of Niger. The young player and her teammate made sure that Liberia record victory.
A Niger 4-0 victory in the 1st leg of 2020 Fifa female under-17 World Cup qualifier. It was World Girls striker Mamie Kallon who set the pace for the game when she got the curtain-raiser in the 13th minute. Kallon’s opener of a volley kick, Kallon’s goal could be in contention to be one of the greatest goals of the qualifying campaign.
Blessing Kieh, is the junior sister of Liberia’s international player Angeline Kieh, she also converted a penalty to make it two-zero in the 29th minute. Back from the break, Kieh pounced unto a Sangay Moulton pass for her brace in the 75th minute and sealed a hat-trick by converting another spot-kick in the six minutes from time.
Nigerien goalie Assamaou Moussa Boureima was substituted and later rushed to the John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital after she collapsed on the pitch following a collision with a teammate. Boureima has rejoined her teammates .
Niger, when it comes to both male and women football lag behind, with this victory Liberia will lead them to increase their competition record . Liberiasportsonline checks has also revealed that in 1985, when almost no country in the world had a women’s national football team including Niger officially had no women’s national senior A team before 2006 and only had their first FIFA recognized international in 2007 when they competed at the Tournoi de Cinq Nations held in Ouagadougou. On 2 September, they lost to Burkina Faso 0-10. On 6 September, they lost to Burkina Faso 0-5. The country did not have a team to compete in the 2010 African Women’s Championships during the preliminary rounds or the 2011 All Africa Games. The country has had a Niger women’s national under-19 team who have competed in the 2002 African Women U-19 Championship, the first edition of the competition to be held. They had a bye in the first round. In the quarterfinals, they were supposed to play Morocco but Niger withdrew from the competition.
In June 2012, the team was not ranked in the world by FIFA. The country has never been ranked by FIFA . It can be recalled that on 18 February 2007 in a game in Monrovia, Liberia lost to Ethiopia women’s national football team 0-3 after having been down 0-1 at the half. On 10 March 2007 in a game in Addis Abeba, Liberia lost to Ethiopia 0-2 after being down 0-1 at the half. In 2010, the country did not have a team competing in the African Women’s Championships. The country did not have a team competing at the 2011 All Africa Games. On 13 February 2011 in a game in Monrovia, Liberia lost to Ghana by a score of 0-4. On 27 February 2011 in a game in Accra, Liberia lost to Ghana 0-7.
Liberia’s international ranking improved in the late 2000s before falling in the early 2010s: in 2007, it was ranked 144; in 2008, 117; in 2009, 92; in 2010, 128; in 2011, 136; and in 2012, 130, while holding 35th place in Africa.
Meanwhile, Coach Jenkins Doe admitted it was a comprehensive victory but conceded that they would have won by a bigger margin had his players buried the chances created. Coach Doe said he intends to take Liberia to the finals in India with the support of Liberia FA .
He said “I am happy today [for this victory]. What we got today is what we put out during training. In the past, we had the players but there was no motivation. If we had the motivation, we would have been to the World Cup finals “The president is putting all his attention to women’s football. So that is giving us the courage to do more. From what we practiced and what we put in, we never expected four goals. We missed a lot of chances. So we can only prepare and look forward to the second leg,” said Doe.
Liberia: 16-Jackie Touah; 14-Sangay Moulton, 2-Amanda Powo, 7-Loretta Sackie (captain), 4-Choice Tokpah; 6-Zeta Kromah, 17-Cynthia Nimely, Blessing Nagbe; 20-Oretha Tokpah, 22-Mamie Kallon and Blessing Kieh.
Substitutes: 1-Asata Dulleh, 2-Hawa Fatomah, 8-Bendu Kloty, 9-Decontee Jackson, 11-Patience Kawolo, 15-Blessing Browne and 18-Melissa Gebah
Niger: 1-Assamaoua Moussa Boureima (goalkeeper), 8-Aichatou Hamed Alassane, 15-Aissatou Amadou Harouna, 11-Aminata Hama Amadou, 4-Charifa Younoussa Kourtia, 14-Laouratou Soumana Amadou, 12-Malika Maman Sani, 6-Marietou Ide Gueye, 7-Nafissatou Abdoulaye Yaye, 9-Ramatou Akamba Abdoulaye and 10-Zeinabou Abdou Oumarou.
Substitutes: 2-Saraounia Namata Samna Boube, 3-Faizatou Abdoulaye Ide, 5-Kadidja Garba Marou, 13-Ouzeifatou Modi Halidou, 16-Samira Adam Albeido and 21-Charifa Kaka Saidou.
Source: Football Desk |Liberia Sports Online