Although The Elephants of Ivory Coast defeated Lone Star 1-0 on Friday, November 13 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, Liberians were seen demonstrating patriotism towards their country.
By midday, supporters had begun wearing their red, white and blue tee-shirts, blowing trumpets and queuing from the Benson-Lynch Street intersection to the ATS in obedience of the Liberian National Police’s instructions.
Although Liberians knew that their national team was against a big team, both youths and adults converged in their thousands at the ATS highly optimistic and wishing Lone Star the victory.
“My team is my team, my country is my country. Whatever the end result is, I will still be proud of Liberia and the Lone Star,” some females drunk with joy were heard saying down Lynch Street.
Prior to the game on Thursday, November 12, the argument was against those who were sure of the outcome of the match.
Amidst the euphoria that Liberia could have beaten Ivory Coast, the match went against Liberia.
Nevertheless, Liberians were not discouraged, but encouraged themselves and appreciated Lone Star for losing by such a narrow margin.
“Lone Star did well. We were not even expecting Ivory Coast to lead Liberia 1 to 0 because Ivory Coast has a world record in football. James Debbah is doing his best,” some women in the 24th Street community said.
“Victory and defeat are two things expected in a game. It does not mean Liberia did not play. If we can beat Tunisia and Guinea Bissau, we should also accept defeat if Ivory Coast can beat us,” said another man.
Unlike other games of the past when spectators cussed, insulted and threw stones when Lone Star was defeated, Liberians remained peaceful and accepted the defeat, a new trend that many hope can continue as Liberia participates in many more international games to showcase the country’s sporting talents.