The Ivorian U-20 national team, Young Elephants, threw out Jr. Lone Star from the CAF U-20 Championship with a 2-1 aggregate.
Young Elephants defeated Jr. Lone Star 2-0 yesterday at the Stade R. Champroux in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
This marked Jr. Lone Star’s early exit from the junior continental football competition in less than four years.
In 2010, the Junior Menas of Niger on a 5-0 aggregate axed Liberia in the preliminary round.
According to Liberia’s football Chief Musa Bility on facebook, ‘poor goal keeping from Abdullai Koulibaly caused the defeat.’
Unfortunately, the tactical guidance of FIFA 1995 World Player George M. Weah and financial upshots from Montserrado County Edwin M. Snowe and LFA 2nd Vice President Cassell A. Kouh did not bring the required result.
Meanwhile, report also from Abidjan, has blamed Coach Robert Pella Lartey for wrongful selection of the starting 11 and refusal to change goalie Koulibaly.
Howbeit, it is a known fact that in Monrovia, statistics favored the Ivorians as they wasted 11 corner-kicks as against one by Jr. Lone Star.
Young Elephants played more carefully than Lone Star.
And at home and before their teeming fans, the Ivorians took their game in stride and wrapped up the return-leg with a 2-0 win that cancelled Liberia’s chance to continue in the tournament.
While the blame game has begun, objective followers of the Jr. Lone Star would remember the poor preparation, which was supported by Coach Lartey that the team went through.
The players had also cried for an increase in their transportation allowance which was Ld200 that the LFA flatly refused.
The Liberia Football Association got what it put in preparing for the Jr. Lone Star.