Liberia Progress to WAFU U-20 Finals, Meet The Gambia Sunday


Liberia yesterday progressed to the finals of the ongoing WAFU U-20 after defeating Mali 1-0 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

It was a historical moment at the SKD for many Liberians who watched their junior national team reach the final of an international competition in 32 years.

Not even the security could prevent the over-excited crowd from invading the pitch after the sound of the final whistle.

As was earlier asked, “Can Liberia Defeat Mali to Reach the Finals?” it has finally been answered and Liberia made it through.

A lone goal from Musa Kebbay in the 13th minute was enough for Coach Christopher Wreh and his boys to edge out Mali in the semis after forward Edward Ledlum provided an assist from the left flank.

Mali, who was hoping to recover from their 1-0 defeat against The Gambia, entered the match and surprisingly conceding an early goal.

However, forward Ledlum and teammate Sam Jackson were the two troublesome players against the Malian defense as they kept making more attempts on goal.

A golden opportunity for the Junior Lone Star to double their lead came in the 24th minute after forward Jackson managed to brilliantly beat the Malian defense, but failed to convert the opportunity.

Mali tried to level things up in the first 45 minutes, but goalkeeper Ashley Williams was at his best and made sure it did not happen. The lone goal in favor of Liberia kept them in the lead until the resumption of the second half.

Things became a bit different in the second half. Another clear opportunity for striker Kebbay to weaken his opponents came just 11 minutes into the second half but the lone goal scorer failed to send in Jackson’s low cross from the right angle.

Despite being down 1-0, the Malians took control of the remaining minutes of the match after Liberia broke down in attacks. They kept the host on their back but could not get a goal because of Liberia’s effective defensive posture.

Midfielder Allen Njie who captained Liberia in the absence of injured captain David Tweh was awarded the man of the match award.

In the first semi-finals match, the Scorpions of Gambia booked their ticket to the finals after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 6-5 in penalties. The match went to a shootout after both teams drew 1-1 during 90 minutes of play.


  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.


  1. Bravo to our country junior team for the victory over Mali and praying to massively defeat the Gambia to win the WAFU-U 20 championship.
    Football is getting on the right tragetory in Liberia and it must be a campaign all over the Country, with Grand Gedeh County being my paramount concern.
    Liberia all the way!!!!!!


  3. Is it now time for Weah administration to contemplates about building a second national sports complex(stadium)? Perhaps name it as George M. Weah Sport Complex(G.M.W), which will of course be a good fit. It is weird to see that an international tournament such as (WAFU) is being play in only one stadium.
    However, if there is any project as such in the pipeline for the near future, the biggest question to answer is “Location” which part of the country that stadium is going to be built ? or is the project going to be a broader part of the decentralization process of sport in the nation ?

  4. This’s really a great soccer start for our country national team and most especially the under 20 (academy) team of the Republic of Liberia under the regime of President George M. Weah.

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