There will be 14 battles across four cities today, to determine who will qualify for the ‘Big 8 Quarterfinals’ at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
Inarguably, there would be surprise entries in Monrovia in both kickball and football categories, but the worst disappointments and perhaps trouble, will be the ousting of host counties.
In Nimba County, there’s a probability that there will be a very bad repercussion if Nimba County fails to qualify ahead of Bomi County.
Prior to Nimba and Grand Cape Mount’s derby on Tuesday, there was a bloody scuffle between a male player of Grand Cape Mount and a female player of Nimba which nearly resulted to a riot.
A Nimba player was detained by Police owing to the gravity of an injury inflicted on a Cape Mount player who was few minutes away to play for Nimba County.
There were strange display of players and technical staff from all of the counties, and some public display of juju – Grand Cape Mount kickball team entered the field on one leg, and beat Nimba in kickball; and a technical staff from Nimba said when blood is spilled, there would be victory – and there was bloody fight, and Nimba won in spite of some players of Cape Mount’s strange jogging around the field, wasting strange substances.
In today’s battles in Sanniquellie, all of the teams need victory, but most especially the group leaders in both categories.
Grand Cape Mount County has already qualified in the kickball but dropped in football – therefore, both of their last games against Maryland are bluff.
If Maryland, who has four points, loses, draws or wins (with) Cape Mount, the game between Nimba and Bomi County will still be “Do or Die,” because the winner will definitely qualify.
Both Maryland and Nimba need at least a draw in football to have ‘clear tickets’ for the quarterfinals – but Bomi should have to win if she wants to pull through.
In kickball, it’s evident that Grand Cape County will pin Maryland but it can’t be ruled out that the dice turns, whereas between Nimba and Bomi, the odds are at stake.
In Buchanan, the organizers of the tournament have awarded three points and two goals to Grand Bassa owing to Sinoe County’s discontinuation of the game between the host county, when Bassa netted an allegedly offside goal.
Host Bassa desperately needs a win over group leader River Gee County to accumulate six points and qualify. River Gee tops with six points and already booked a ticket for the quarterfinals.
Bong County also needs a win over Bong County to claim one of the two slots.
In Zwedru – the group of death – Lofa is ahead with four points, followed by Grand Gedeh (three points) and River
Cess (two points).
Both Grand Gedeh and Rivercess need at least a draw for either to qualify, but a draw will be to the benefit of Grand Gedeh. Group leader Lofa plays underdog Grand Kru County.
In kickball, Lofa is out of contention from two losses, but River Cess is up with two wins, while Grand Gedeh has one win.
In Group IV, Gbarpolu needs at least a draw to head the zone as well as to qualify along with Montserrado County, but a loss to Margibi will cause the host to qualify with a goal difference alongside Montserrado County who has three goals, two goals difference and one for – Gbarpolu only has one goal.