Liberia Finish as Runners-Up in Amputee Nations Cup

Liberia Amputee national team players celebrate after progressing to the final


.. Lost 3-2 to Ghana in Final

The Amputee Lone Star may have missed out on clinching their record fourth Nations Cup title on Saturday, but there is still something worth celebrating as they finished as Runners-up in the 2021 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF).

The Amputee Lone Star suffered a 3-2 defeat to Ghana in the grand final in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Striker Matthew Joe’s outstanding performance since the start of the tournament was extended to the final as he recorded Liberia’s two goals to win the tournament’s golden boot after scoring nine goals in five games.  

Matthew Joe (Middle) celebrates with his golden boot with teammates

Joe, 24, put Liberia in front 14 minutes on the clock, but the Ghanaians leveled things up to send the match to extra-time.

The Ghanaians took the lead for the first time in the extra time to make it 2-1, but striker Joe made it 2-2, recording his 9th goal in five matches at this years’ tournament.

Saturday’s final, which was the third between the two teams, finally went the Ghanaians way after they scored a late goal to clinch the title for the second time since they last won the maiden edition by defeating Liberia 4-3 in Sierra Leone 2007.

Liberia remain the record-holder (3 titles) and will participate in the 2022 Amputee World Cup in Turkey as one of Africa’s four representatives.