After their 2-0 defeat Sunday, 26 April to Ghana’s U-23 in Tamale, Northern Region, the U-23 Lone Star of Liberia are gearing up for the second leg this Saturday, 2nd May at the same venue.
The Liberian side suffered serious disgrace and embarrassment on Sunday primarily because of poor preparation from the LFA, which was unable to provide common material such as jerseys with names and numbers of players.
The U-23 national team arrived at the Kotoka International Airport Sunday morning and later took up for Tamale for the game, which started by 3:30 p.m.
The Liberians totally lost stamina on the pitch during the match, giving their Ghanaian counterparts, the host country to turn opportunities into goals.
However, the U-23 Lone Star of Liberia remains optimistic that they can a 3-0 result against the Ghanaians this Saturday.
Coach Thomas Kojo is hopeful the team can make a comeback against Ghana in the Olympic qualifier to book their ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
According to him, the first leg on Sunday gave him pointers to work the players’ poor finishing touches to get the ball in the net.
Meanwhile, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has held draw for the Coco-cola tournament in Monrovia.
The draw, which was held at the FA headquarters on Benson Street places eight teams from the local league into two groups – A and B with four teams each.
Group A has LFA champions Barrack Young Controller (BYC) going against newly promoted top flight outfit Nimba United in the opening match this Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Blue Field in PHP Central Monrovia, while game two the same day will feature LISCR FC and Mighty Barrolle at 4 p.m.
In Group B, FC Fassell, NPA Anchors, Invincible Elevens (IE) and Aeries will sort things out. Second division champions FC Fassell will meet NPA Anchors at 2:00 pm on Saturday, 2nd May, while the second encounter on the same day will being Invincible Elevens (IE) face-to-face against newly promoted first division, Aeries FC at 4:00 p.m.
On Sunday, 3rd May the tournament continues with BYC taking on Mighty Barrolle, while LISCR FC goes face-to-face against Nimba United.
In the second games FC Fassell takes on Aeries FC, while NPA Anchors and Invincible Eleven (IE) will close the day.
By Sally Gaye