Liberia Defeat Congo, Get Set for Zimbabwe Nov. 16

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Skipper Jebor celebrates along with teammates after scoring the second goal.

National team head coach Thomas Kojo said he went into yesterday’s match for a win and he ultimately got it and two first-half goals from center-defender Teah Dennis and captain William Jebor were the deciding moments for the Lone Star to collect their first win in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers that will prepare them against Zimbabwe on Nov. 16.

Lone Star took the lead in the 15th minute through defender Dennis who made his way through with a header from left-back Aloysius Simujla’s cross from a set piece from the right angle of Congo’s defense.

With so much pressure on the back of the national team to deliver after their 3-1 loss away in Brazzaville, Lone Star wasted no time and doubled their lead 14 minutes after forward Anthony Laffor provided a brilliant assist for skipper Jebor.

Congo, meanwhile, scored a consolation goal a minute later through striker Prince Ibara, who was also on the scoresheet in Brazzaville.

Outstanding midfielder Murphy Dorley in a jubilant mood after the final whistle.

Minutes before halftime, Laffor attempted to increase Lone Star’s lead after cutting inside the Congolese defense, but goalkeeper Chancel Massa was in the right position to deny the 33 year-old from getting his name on the score sheet.

Congo later troubled Lone Star’s defense for an equalizer before the halftime break, but Liberia’s full-back stood the test of time to maintain the lead for the break.

Upon resumption of the second half, Laffor had a clear opportunity to increase his team’s lead through a diving header. Jebor increased his speed to collect a long pass from the defense and brilliantly swung in the cross, but goalkeeper Massa was again in the best position to make the save.

Midfielders Murphy Dorley and Allen Njie were again outstanding in the midfield for Lone Star as Kpah Sherman, who formed part of Coach Thomas Kojo’s starting lineup for the second time, kept pressurizing the Congolese’s defense.

The visitors continued to push for an equalizer in the second half, but met up with a defensive wall, as Lone Star kept their defensive composure intact.

It became more intensive as the final minutes on the clock kept winding down. The Congolese kept Lone Star under pressure, but goalkeeper Ashley Williams was the right man between the goalposts at the right time.

Following the sound of the final whistle, a joyous moment for players, technical staff and supporters took over the field because Lone Star, with the victory, collected their first win since October 13, 2015, when they defeated Guinea-Bissau 3-1 in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

Coach Kojo starting eleven against Congo at the SKD after he made four changes in the team

Yesterday’s result was a sigh of relief for Lone Star in their quest to qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Despite the win, the red, white and blue boys remain at the bottom of Group G with four points — leveled on points with Congo, who are in the third position on goal difference.

In the group’s other match Group G, the Warriors of Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo played to a 1-1 stalemate in Harare, Zimbabwe. Khama Billiat put Zimbabwe in front in the first minute, connecting Talent Chawapiwa’s cross in the opening attack of the game, before DR Congo equalized a minute later through an own goal by Teenage Hadebe who failed to clear Mpeko’s cross, according to Soccer24.com. The Warriors are now 8 points on top while DRC have five.

9 COMMENTS

  1. There goes our football president Jorweah again to another football match. The Liberian people really got what they wished for-a clueless, irresponsible joker. While former president Ellen Sirleaf traveled far and wide recording spaces for Liberia once again on the global map, our playboy president is making waves on soccer fields and discotheques. Liberia is going so low in respect, we might have to declare our independence all over again after these the next 5 remaining useless years.

  2. What has got to be will be! It’s just an incontrovertible fact of life.

    If the Lone Stars will win a game, the game will be won by the Lone Stars whether or not GMW is there or not.

    The Lone Stars’ defeat of the Congolese soccer team was meant to be. The Heavenly Stars specifically came out of their tent to shine on the Liberian soccer team. But for the Congolese soccer team, it was meant to be doom and gloom.

    The Lone Star team finally broke lose from the grip of bad luck. It’s been a long time since the national team had not shown gravitas, machismo and independence. Yesterday’s defeat of the Congolese soccer team has changed the dynamics. Now is the time to pat the Lone Star team on its back.

    Bravo! Hooray! Go for the top prize.

  3. The story is written and details of play by play were given but where are the details of the goals? Where, who and when these goals were scored? How many goals did Liberia score? The juice of the story was left out and so everybody turned thirsty and dumbfounded.
    Just a heads up Mr. Writer please do better than this when you again write your future stories. How many goals did Liberia win at the end of this match?

  4. Mannah,
    The total number of goals were two to one. Of course, Liberia won. As far as I am concerned, that was the most important thing. Even if we had won by one point, I would have been happy. I cannot answer the second part of your inquiry. The author did not say who scored the two goals. Maybe the author became so happy that he forgot to disclose that information. As you know, when some people are overjoyed, they do the strangest of things. Example? Well, a lady became so happy and deep-kissed all the men at a party when she heard that her husband bought a brand new car.. Isn’t that something? I suppose that if the said ever learns that her husband has purchased a condominium, she will do the unthinkable.

    As you know very well, this is the internet age! I am sure that if you google the “Liberia-Congo soccer match”, you’ll get something. If you get any information that pertains to the Liberia-Congo soccer match before I do, don’t do what the author did.

  5. Musona 12,
    Without a shred of doubt, the Warriors of Zimbabwe are a formidable team. But I cannot and will not be as pessimistic as you by predicting what could happen to the Lone Stars during their inevitable encounter with the Zimbabwe Warriors. I refuse to accept the word “whitewash”.

    During their last encounter with the Warriors, the Lone Stars were beaten to the pulp. That’s not going to happen this time around. It’s a safe bet that my boys will destroy once and for all the Zimbabwe Warriors. After the soccer match, come next month, the city of Monrovia will never be the same.
    The days of pessimism are long gone! The game will be the best to watch. Stay tuned.

  6. Zimbabwe has to be very careful when dealing with Liberia.Its a tightly contested match with everything to fight for, that is both teams cant afford to loose .Liberias win against congo was a positive relief,therefore more is expected by their home fans when they host Zimbabwe .Automaticaly pressure will be on the players to deliver and secure that hope of making it to cameroon.
    However the warriors have proven to be matured of lately,winning away in DRC and getting a draw in a packed stadium in Brazzavile. Winning or a draw in Liberia secures them a place in cameroon .They will have to play the game cautiously to achieve that and it will not come cheap .Infact all the 2 games of this group are a thriller to watch.Am a Zimbabwean & wish my team the best.They must mantain that team spirit and stop getting excited prematurely before its over.This business of calling into over before you even get to Liberia must stop.We will be more dissapointed if you loose in Liberia with that attitude

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