Liberia has again missed out on its chance to qualify for the 2014 World cup in Brazil. The country’s National Team, the Lone Star Sunday, 16 June lost to the Toranka Lions of Senegal 2-0 at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville outside Monrovia.
Despite an early perfect coordination in the first half of the match, the Senegalese took the lead in the 15th minute of the first half through star striker Pappis Demba Cisse’s controversial penalty kick that the visiting side properly utilized.
Despite the early goal, the Lone Star kept up the pressure, but could not find the back of their opponents’ net misapplying several chances as strikers Francis Grandpa Doe, Anthony Snorti Laffor and defender Omega Roberts’ attempts at goal had fans leaping from their seats, but could not celebrate a goal as the first half ended 1-0 for Senegal.
Back from recess, the team began to mount pressure on Senegal, but soon got wearied after Newcastle United star, Pappie Cissie netted in his second goal in the 8th minute of the second half, something which saw the entire stadium going silent with signs of disappointment on the faces of Liberians, who had gathered to see the Lone Star inspire their lost hope for Brazil, having earlier lost to Uganda 1-0 in Kampala.
The defeat means that Liberia has lost another chance of tasting the World Cup finals for the first time. The team is now seated at the bottom of group “J” with four points and just a game away to Angola. Liberian defender Omega Roberts was greatly at fault for both goals after yet another poor defensive display.
The match referee from Kenya earlier cancelled a late first half header by the Lone Star for a contested foul, causing some angry responses by Lone Star players and fans. On the overall, Lone Star controlled the game but lacked finishing touches, while Senegal made good use of their limited but dangerous attacks with experience.