WAFU CUP: Fans Envision Classic Final between Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire

Junior Lone Star meet Mali today on their road to the finals on Sunday

The West Africa Union U-20 tournament has produced the last four teams that are competing in the semi-finals today. The four are host Liberia, La Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, and Mali. Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire came from Group A and The Gambia and Mali came from Group B.

So, the four of the two groups are deciding in the semi-finals today to determine the last two for the finals on Sunday.

While La Cote d’Ivoire gave indications from their first game against Liberia (3-0) that they came for the trophy, Liberia’s impressive comeback, defeating Guinea Bissau (2-1) and later whipping Sierra Leone (5-1) have shown their quick recovery to be serious for the trophy. In their last two matches, the Ivorians trounced Guinea Bissau 4-0 and Sierra Leone 4-1. The Ivorians scored 11 goals in three matches and conceded one goal.

Liberia, on the other hand, scored seven goals in two matches with four goals against them and one loss. These brief statistics give the Ivorian advantage in putting the ball behind the backs of their opponents. And this is where it worries local soccer fans, though Liberia rediscovered their scoring form after their loss to the Ivorians.

Can we say that the Liberian side can match player to player the caliber of players that are in the Ivorians’ outfit? Many soccer fans are entertaining the hope that since Junior Lone Star discovered their scoring boots after the Ivorian baptism, the players can engage any of their opponents squarely and come out the winner. Can they say that against the Ivorians, who scored three goals against zero in their first match? Of course, the teams are still bothered by their fate in the semi-finals but considering the records since the games began, La Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia have demonstrated that they are going to meet again.

Many soccer fans are not worried about today’s games where Liberia go against Mali and La Cote d’Ivoire face The Gambia in their semi-finals bids. Both Mali and The Gambia have proved their indomitable spirit and have succeeded to reach the semi-finals stage but going against two of the most goal- scoring opponents, it would take some miracles for them to hold their opponents in check. But the question that the average soccer fans is considering is: have the Liberians learned enough from their encounter against the Ivorians to change the result in their second coming, perhaps on Sunday?

It is no mistake that both teams would be worried about their chances, but since the eventual winners would have to engage each other to prove they are champions, soccer fans would simply hold their excitement until the two games are finished today.

Because they know that the grand and classic finals would simply be between Junior Lone Star and their nemesis. Of course, I will be there to see how any of the two would be crowned champions on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.


  1. I m in the Medical and Science fields , therefore; I have the hope that science cannot be falsified. With the backing of science, medicine has improves lives. It is based upon this argument that makes Europe to conquer the world. Countries with better science institutions, are moving forward ahead of those lacking behind. Not in the distance feature, man will fight conventional battle without stepping foot on battle fields holding riffles. With this premise, let FIFA include BONE SCAN as part of the criteria for testing age limit in soccer competitions for youth players of member countries.

    Proper bone scanning can tell an individual age. Some countries are sending OLD MEN to play on their national youth teams. Since many African and developing countries don’t have proper birth documentation data programs, any old man can fake his age and get roster with young ones.
    Our Lone Star boys may be going against players that can nearly FATHER some of them.
    From Sydney, with love and Patriotism .

  2. In the Australian city of Sidney lives a young astute guy whom one could refer to as a Liberian patriot. His name is Mamadu Bah. Bah shows his patriotism in many ways. His observation about the significance and advancement of science in modern Europe is noteworthy. Bah’s central focus circulates around the idea of bone scanning.

    Is Bah’s observation a motivating factor?
    You bet it is!
    The U-20 (under 20) games from a handful of West African countries are being played in Liberia. Although all the chosen players who represent their respective countries are supposed to be “under 20″, many people including the Liberian-Australian, are doubtful that this is the case. In realistic and simplistic terms, it is believed that some U-20 players who play in the ongoing West African tournament are really, really O-20 or ” over- 20″! Sadly, there’s no bone-scan technology available in Liberia and maybe in the countries that participate in the U-20 games. Since there isn’t such a technology, the proponents of the O-20 argument are steamless at the present time, but not pointless. The issue must definitely be looked into.

    Can any lesson be learned from Bah’s observation? Of course.

    First and foremost, African leaders must realize that science is important. When one takes a look at Europe, Australia, North America and other developed nations, the uniqueness of science cannot be ignored. African students will acclimate to the study of science if African leaders do something about science in Africa.

    Finally, God and the Liberian people have a general consensus; those Liberians who study in Australia are being counted on to back home in order to make their contribution. We the people of Liberia do not want any “roos”, or d–kb–pl–pu– in our beloved country. We also hope that those Liberians who are studying hard will keep their eyes away from the w—n.

    But yes, the observation is great. Liberia lacks horns with our sister country, the Ivory coast today. Go Liberian U-20!


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