A hat-trick from striker Musa Kebbay and a goal apiece from Sekou Sherrif and Chauncy Freeman over the weekend helped the national U-20 team (Junior Lone Star) to advance to the semifinals of the WAFU U-20 tournament at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
With a point needed to reach the semis, Junior Lone Star’s impressive performance yielded a fruitful result.
Striker Kabbay put the host in front through his opener in 3rd minute after Sam Jackson provided an assist.
However, Sierra Leone showed that they were also determined to reach the semis when a minute later they canceled Kebbay’s opener.
The Junior Lone Star again took the lead through Sekou Sherrif’s 26th-minute goal. The Liberians led 2-1 at the end of the first half.
Upon resumption of the second half, the Leone Stars made efforts to get the equalizer but Junior Lone Star maintained their impressive performance and extended their lead in the 54th minute after striker Kebbay netted his second goal.
Eighteen minutes later, striker Kebbay finally completed his hat-trick to put Coach Christopher Wreh and his boys in a comfortable position before teammate Chauncy Freeman slotted home the final goal in the three minutes added time.
The huge victory for Junior Lone Star brought relief to thousands of supporters who had doubted the team’s progress to the last four.
Striker Kebbay was awarded the Sergio Man of the Match award for his outstanding performance. The Bea Mountain striker now has four goals out of three matches.
Liberia secured the second place in Group A behind winners Cote d’Ivoire who became the first side to reach the last four after winning their first two matches.
The Ivoirians also continued their winning streak over the weekend at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex following their 4-0 win against Guinea Bissau.
Diabate Yalatie scored a first-half brace before Joe Beugre and Dabi Willy Berciano added to the tally to seal the victory for Cote d’Ivoire.
Liberia will now face Mali in the semis, while Cote d’Ivoire will face Senegal, Gambia or Guinea who were playing their respective matches up to press time.