Liberia have progressed to the final of the SATUC U17 World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria, a Balkan nation with diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, a mountainous interior and rivers, including the Danube.
The team booked their ticket to final following their thrilling 5-1 win against African counterparts Morocco yesterday, a dispatch confirmed.
Liberia took an early lead that was later equalized midway through the first half. The team could not allow itself to end the first half on level terms as they retook to enter the first half break with a 2-1 lead.
It later became a one-sided affair after Liberia stole the final half to score four additional goals.
Liberia had defeated Cambodia 3-2 in the quarter-final before they were paired against Morocco in the semis. The team started the tournament on a disappointing note when they lost to host Bulgaria, but finished second in Group A after a 5-1 win over Iraq.
With one match, the final, left to be played, Liberia will now have to face West African counterparts Nigeria for the SATUC Cup.
Finalist Nigeria advanced to the final after finishing top of Group D during the group stage ahead of Morocco and Syria. They later defeated Cameroon in the quarterfinals, and Bulgaria in the semi-finals.
The final will be played today, August 15, to be followed by a cultural tour of the country, which is a traditional part of the event.