Liberia’s senior national team comprising home-based players on Wednesday emerged winners of the inaugural edition of the Manu River Union Football for Peace Tournament in Sierra Leone.
The home-based Lone Star defeated hosts Sierra Leone 2-0 at the refurbished Kenima stadium in Kenema, Sierra Leone.
Nimba Kwado striker Alloy Brown recorded both goals in the second half after a goalless first half. The victory for the Lone Star followed after the female Lone Star defeated the Queens of Sierra Leone 3-1 in the Women’s football category.
Wednesday’s game was witnessed by FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura and Liberia Football Association President Mustapha Raji, who graced the occasion.
The tournament was part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and representatives of MRU countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and La Cote d’Ivoire on November 27, 2019, to strengthen regional integration to advance PEACE, SECURITY and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Mano River Countries.
Liberia and Sierra Leone Football Associations later jointly agreed to align with the objectives of the MRU and UNDP to foster peace, stability, and economic growth. The two Associations agreed to feature their U-15 male team and senior male and female national teams in an inaugural friendly tournament from April 24-28, 2020, following the withdrawal of Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire due to logistical and technical constraints.