The soccer finals of the 2018/2019 National County Meet will be staged between Bomi and Margibi counties on Sunday, January, 13, 2019 at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Both teams yesterday eliminated their opponents in the quarter-finals to qualify for the finals.
While Margibi defeated Gbarpolu (1-0), Bomi eliminated Grand Gedeh 2-1 in a match that kept spectators on their finals throughout the 90 minutes of the game.
Knowing the emotional nature of soccer, expectations were so high as Margibi and Gbarpolu players arrived on the field to carry out their assignments early in the day.
Losing 1-0 showed the exceptional performance of the first game. In the second match, Bomi County showed they were set to become, possibly, the champions when they broke the deadlock only for Grand Gedeh to break it, before moving on for the second goal that made all the difference.
And whoever said this year’s county meet will be different ever was right, because the scores were low and the winners deserved their victories.
The final game will be staged on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
The current tournament has identified several young players that first and second division clubs can seek to train further to reinforce their forwards and defenses.
It is hoped coaches and their scouts have been attending the game to identify the potential players for future grooming.
Let it be known that many of Liberia’s best players were identified in previous county meets.
D. Zeogar Wilson, the current minister of youth and sports was spotted in a county meet tournament. Ezekiel Doe, (Liberia’s own Zico) his younger brother Jeff Doe, Simon Mattar and many other players were identified in the county meet competition.
Those players, along with others, became national stars and stared for first division clubs, and then moved on to play for the national team-The Lone Star.
This is the tradition set for the selection of players for the national team. “Any good player that wants to play for the national team should join the first division team,” said a former national team player.
He added, “the national league is properly organized to make sure that a player has a pathway to his future, and so if you want to play outside Liberia, you can only be noticed by scouts when you play in the national league.”