Match Commissioner Yanqueh Borsay in consultation with referee Sam Kortee yesterday postponed 30 minutes of extra-time between Nimba and Grand Bassa County because of poor visibility.
Mr. Borsay said the ‘bad lighting’ would not cause the remaining time to be played and therefore rescheduled the game for today; Wednesday, January 6 at the ATS, at 4:00pm.
The match officials’ recommendation was allowed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports – the organizer of the National County Sports Meet.
Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton said the organizers have endorsed the match officials’ decision for the good of the game.
Yesterday’s game was witnessed by over 5,000 spectators, and the Ministry has failed to mention whether those who bought their tickets to watch the game would be allowed free with their respective short tickets.
According to the rules and regulations of the 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet, there will be a 30-minute extra time after a draw in a 90 minute of play time in football to decide the winner.
The rules and regulations further said there will be a penalty shoot, if there is no winner, after extra time.
It was true that the ‘god of football’ was not in favor turn of Nimba County, owing to several misses of golden scoring opportunities, compared to Grand Bassa, which was few.
Unlike in the first half, Nimba County was aggressive in the second but could not secure a goal.
The Nimba striking trio Rufus Padmore, Irvin Gbotoe and William Siegbeh could not discover their scoring boots, owing to wide and weak shots, and feeble headers.
Nimba County midfielder Emmanuel Kiahn also would not put their crowd to their heels.
In the first half, Bassa has several attempts at goal, but did utilize their chances.
Bassa’s duo, David Paye and Ralph George were too stylish to pull the strings.
The Mountainous boys of Nimba County topped Group II with two points, while defending champs, Grand Bassa settled at six points.
Earlier, in the kickball version, Grand Bassa County whipped Grand Cape Mount County 5-3 points.
Chief Justice Francis Kporkor, and Senator Prince Johnson and Thomas Krupee were part of the cheering squad, while Senators Nyonblee Lawrence, Jonathan Kaipay, Reps. Gabriel Smith, Gender Minister Julia
Duncan Cassell and Cllr. T.C. Gould were in the cheering stand for Grand Bassa County.
However, in the semi finals of the kickball category, Nimba County hosts Grand Bassa, while the winner between Nimba and Bassa’s game today will meet Bong County in football.
This year’s County Sports Meet, is held under the theme Liberia is rises through sports.
From the 12th to the 17th of December 2015, the preliminary rounds were played in four counties; Grand Bassa, Nimba, Margibi and Grand Gedeh.
Out of the 15 counties, eight counties qualified for the quarterfinals in both categories in football and kickball.