Liberia will face the Central African Republic in the last qualifying match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers today in Morocco.
The game is scheduled to take place at 16:00 GMT at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Morocco. Liberia’s lone victory so far in Group C of the African World Cup qualifiers was against the Central African Republic in September when striker Kpah Sherman scored the lone goal.
The Lone Star had already dropped from the race after their back-to-back defeat against Cape Verde in October. They lost 2-0 to group leaders Nigeria on Saturday in Morocco, keeping the Super Eagles top of the group with a two-point lead ahead of their final match against Cape Verde.
Coach Peter Butler and his boys kicked off the campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Nigeria before their first and only win against C.A.R.With the expectation of doing better in the next games, things didn’t go on as expected, as the Liberia national team continued to succumb to defeats.
Coach Butler was optimistic from the start of the campaign that his team could make an impact despite being paired in groups with Nigeria, Cape Verde and C.A.R. that are all above Liberia in the FIFA rankings.
“Yes, we are in a very tough group with opponents that have good players and are well founded, but I am not going to complain about that, I’d rather work with what we have at our disposal to work with.
“I will back myself against any of the coaches in that group that we will be as organized, as competitive and with an attacking mind on our games. We’ve more young, vibrant and energetic players on the front and in midfield, although we are going to get peppered by a team with stronger and better players, we have plans and I know we can be as competitive and make a positive impact,” Butler said.
Although Butler, as a coach, may feel accomplished with the opportunity given to a new breed of young players to represent Liberia as the country, the stats don’t reflect the expected impact.