In a U-10 soccer league, named Country Cup of Nations, Liberia defeated South Africa 4-1 in the opening game at the Borough Sports Pitch, near Kapeh Street, Saturday in New Kru Town, Monrovia.
Liberia’s goal-feast began through Blessing Wiaka and Patrick Weah with the second goal in a match that their side showed more purposeful to win against their opponents, South Africa, whose coach was Ms. Gloria Sackor. Coach Sackor showed unhappiness at the defeat, since her players were little bigger than their opponents.
Though her side improved in their attacks and reduced the scores 1-2 through Obadiah Blay, Liberia increased their worries with the third goal through Archie Jah whose grounder beat goalkeeper Nicolas B. Chea in the post to end the first half 3-1.
Back from recess, South Africa made several attempts to reduce the tally without success, despite a couple of replacements but it was the Liberian side that increased the scores to 4-1. But in a twist of fate, in a tournament that has no sponsors, and only one football, when the football burst after a shot with more minutes to go, the referee announced that the game was over.
And interestingly there was no protest from South Africa and the players trooped off the field. The league continued yesterday with Egypt going against Ghana at 3:30pm, if the organizers were lucky to get a football, according to sports director Joseph Wallach.
Liberia: Jacob Nagbe, Nurch Nagbe, Francis Doryen, Blessing Wiaka, Theo Wiaka, Patrick Weah, Archie Jah, Alfred Weah.
South Africa: Nicholas B. Chea, Joseph Kamah, Abel Swen, Divide Floh, Christopher Nyondweh, Anthony Chea, Obadia Blay, Orlando Kortee and Coach Gloria Sackor.