A day after Liberian sports’ enthusiasts enjoyed the finals of the country’s biggest sporting festival, the National County Sports Meet, the WAFU U-20 tournament will today kick off at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex with Jr. Lone Star (U-20) going against Ivory Coast in the opening match of Group A.
Ivory Coast is replacing Cape Verde who earlier withdrew from the tournament. The opening will be followed by Group A’s second match when Guinea Bissau face Sierra Leone.
Liberia was paired in Group A against Ivory Coast, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s U20 Coach Christopher Wreh and his technical staff have named 18 players to feature for the national team. The selected players include Ashley William, Gbelly Beba Wilson, Daniel Paye, Allen Njie and Chauncy Freeman.
Others are Musa Noah Kebbeh, Edward Daddy Ledlum, David Teklo Tweh, John Chea Jaysay, Asiamuh Dann, Sheku Sheriff and Sidiki Blayday Kromah.
The rest are Gasimu Sheikh Kouyateh, Lawson Saah Kongo, Jeremy Gift Saygbe, Sam N. Jackson, Urias Sayon and Sebastian Tackler.
The tournament will later continue on Wednesday with Senegal going against Mali, while the Gambia will face Guinea in the group’s second encounter.
In addition, the local organizing committee has disclosed that all participating countries have arrived for the tournament.
“The U-20 teams of Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and the Gambia have arrived in Liberia and have been taken to their various hotels and have had their first practice sessions at selected venues across Monrovia,” the committee said in a release yesterday.
The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday afternoon to be followed by the kick off that will be taken by Chief Patron of Sports President George Weah.