At a familiar match venue, the Wusum Field in Makeni, Sierra Leone, where they recently engaged Sierra Leone in an international friendly, Liberia saw themselves securing a thrilling 4-0 win against Guinea Bissau in their opening match of the 2020 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone A women’s football championship.
Left-back Lucy Massaquoi, who is also a track and field athlete, put Liberia ahead by heading in Agatha Nimene’s set-piece cross before striker Bernice Willie doubled Liberia’s lead through a right-foot volley from defender Margret Steward’s cross.
Things became much easier for Liberia after Angeline Kieh made it 3-0 before the break by perfectly converting a spot-kick. Super substitute, Lucy Kikeh, repeated what exactly she did in Guinea in the U20 qualifiers after by coming off the bench to brilliantly swing in a left-football free-kick.
Forward Pauline Agbotsu was named player of the match for her outstanding performance.
The win for Liberia placed them in the second position of Group B with three points, leveled with their next opponents, Mali, that thrashed The Gambia 6-0 in their opening match.
Liberia will take on Mali today, February 28, in game-one at 2:00 PM, and climax their group games against The Gambia on March 2, 2020.
Group B Fixtures: Feb. 28, 2020
Mali vs. Liberia
The Gambia vs. Guinea Bissau
Group B Table
Guinea Bissau 0pt
The Gambia 0pt
Elsewhere in Group A, Senegal have booked their ticket to the semifinals after collecting six points from their two games. Senegal defeated Guinea 1-0 in their first game and later edgeD out Cape Verde 2-0 in the second game.
Hosts Sierra Leone failed to collect a win after settling to another goalless draw against Guinea in their second game in Bo City, a game that was officiated by Liberia’s lone female FIFA-badged referee Sylvina Garnett.
Group A Table
Sierra Leone 2pts
Cape Verde 1pt
Fixtures: March 1, 2020
Senegal vs. Sierra Leone
Cape Verde vs. Guinea