Liberia’s 2012 football giant LISCR FC settled to a 3-3 tie with Cameroonian Union Sportive de Douala (USD) in a friendly match on Monday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
The pulsating draw is the first time for a Liberian team to draw with a Cameroonian outfit.
LISCR’s lanky midfielder Fred Brooks get the opener in the 7th minute through a header. Seven minutes later, Douala’s winger Madjo leveled the score also through a header.
LISCR increased the tally through a spot kick from Sammie Kamara and was rotated by Douala’s Same.
Douala’s potent striker Nlend Samuel put his side in front in the 69th minute but a solo drive by LISCR’s versatile and young midfielder, Sanney Carlos in the box resulted to a penalty owing to a foul.
James Richardson tied the score from a rebound from Douala’s goalie.
The technical director of the Cameroonian side, Ernest Agbor blamed their tie to poor officiating from referee George Rogers.
Mr. Agbor argued that the second penalty wasn’t a foul, but rather a minor tussle.
“We are not against the result of the game, but the attitude of the referee—he created unnecessary tension—some of the fouls were not to be called for,” Mr. Agbor said.
The Douala’s technical director is the head coach of the Intermediate (Junior) national team of Cameroon.
But a Liberian referee, who begged for anonymity termed Coach Agbor’s assertion as erroneous and argued that the officiating was fair.
He said he was taken aback over the coach’s statement, pointing out that they drew with a better side.
It may be recalled that in 2013, the Cameroon runner-up winner tossed LISCR FC from the CAF Champions Club tournament on a 3-1 aggregate.
Union Sportive de Douala whipped LISCR FC 2-1 in Douala, Cameroon and also 1-0 in Monrovia.
LISCR and Union Sportive de Douala’s sticky draw in the friendly followed a convincing 3-1 win over Liberia’s football giants Nimba United by the Cameroonian runner-up champions.
Meanwhile, Nimba United is expected to play her return match in two weeks.