Muscat Ends Campaign, Samira Advances to National Playoff

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Samira FC, qualified leaders of Group A in Zone One Regional Playoff in Bomi County

It was another promising moment for the Paynesville based Muscat FC after qualifying for the regional playoff held in Bomi County with the expectation to advance to the national playoff in Montserrado. But this was not the case for the “Resilience” after their final match over the weekend. The quest to qualify for the Liberia Football Association second division league came to an end following a 1-1 draw against Jr. Barcelona at the C. H. Dewey sports pitch in Bomi County. The draw was Muscat’s third out of four games, which placed the team third in Group A with six points out of four matches.

The “Resilience” secured their first point after a one-all draw against Pepper FC before their only win against Madina FC on August 14 that witnessed the team taking the first spot on the table. However, the team could not maintain the top spot after failing to collect a win in their last two matches.

Goals from Isaac Dayweah and Ivin Gboto sealed the team’s only victory in the playoff.

Muscat, comprising of several top players from the National County Meet, will now await the new season to continue their fight in the Montserrado County 3rd division playoff. Meanwhile, this was not the case for Muscat’s Montserrado counterpart Samira FC after their final game last Friday. Samira FC became the first team in Group A, Region One (Bomi County) to qualify for the national playoff after the team was awarded three points and two goals due to the opposing team, Madina FC of Grand Cape Mount County, failing to show up for the match.

Samira FC, the Scoring Scorpions, started the playoff on a horrific note after a 2-0 loss to Jr. Barcelona, but the result was reversed after the Scoring Scorpions won a protest against their opponents for fielding an illegal player. Samira FC, a Sinkor based club, was awarded three points plus two goals that extended their standing in Group A to five points and five goals. The final match saw the Sinkor based club qualifying to the national playoff as group leaders with eight points and four goals, while Jr. Barcelona qualified with seven points and a goal as group runners-up.

Also in Bomi County, two of Montserrado County’s representatives in Group B of Zone One, Freeport FC and Pags FC, also advanced to the national playoff.

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