Liberia U23 side admit Ghana were better in the Olympic Games qualifier
Liberia have admitted that they were beaten by a better Ghanaian side in the first leg of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Olympics qualifiers in Tamale.
Ghana Under-23 football team, the Black Meteors on Sunday whipped Jr. Lone Star 2-0 on Sunday.
A goal was scored in each half with the second goal being praised by the Communication Director of Liberia Football Association (LFA), Henry Flomo, who is in Ghana.
“65 min., a beautiful set-piece put Ghana up by 2-0,” Flomo wrote on Facebook.
Flomo blamed the defeat of the U-23 Lone Star over the late arrival in Ghana.
“Liberia has lost by 2-0. Good composure, good timing, but lack of zest and hunger. Connection between the middle and forward was wanting,” Flomo noted on Facebook. Maybe fatigue and strategy took advantage of the U23,” he wrote.
According to the narration, the U-23 Lone Star arrived in Accra, Ghana on Sunday early morning and waited for connecting flight to go to Tamale, the northern Region of Ghana.
“The Liberian delegation has retired at its final destination in Tamale, northern Ghana after a 45 minute AntraAir flight from Accra between 7-8am,” Flomo added.
“Coach Thomas Kojo has made sure his boys get a rest for the tiny time in between now and game time at 3:30pm local time; head of delegation, Commissioner Andy Quamie, is sorting out formalities leading to the match, including technical meeting.”
However, knowing of the time of arrival and fatigue, Coach Thomas Kojo told Ghana's Adom FM Radio that though his side (U-23 Lone Star) was punished, they were happy with the team's performance.
If the Black Meteors won again on Friday, they would meet Congo Brazzaville, and then with Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the U-23 Lone Star is expected to play her home game also in Tamale, Ghana.
The Ghana Football Association consented to serve as neutral ground for the Black Meteors to play in Ghana owing to the delocalization of football in the country, because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus Disease (EVD).
Goalkeepers: Jemeriah Sekey (Fassell FC), Tommy Songo (LISCR FC), Allington Sengbeh (BYC).
Defenders: Fred Fofana (Watanga), Raymond Fransah (MC Breweries), Alvin Macarnel (BYC), Darkar Kollie (Jubilee), Alycious Sinujla- (Fassell FC), Marlee Roberts (LPRC Oilers), Prince Kennedy (LPRC Oilers), Albert Nimely (Fassell FC).
Mid-Fielders: Abraham Barshall (LISCR FC), Stephen Seameh (LISCR FC), Oscar Dorley ( MC Breweries), Prince Saydee (BYC), Elijah Clarke – Fassell FC, Sunnyboy Dolo (Nimba United), Continenta Queejay- (LPRC Oilers), Cooper Gaypia – (University of Mt. Olive in the USA).
Strikers: Van -Dave Harmond (BYC), Herron Scarla Berrian (Platanias Chania in Greece), Sporo Somah (Sewe Sport in Ivory Coast); Officials: Thomas Kojo – Head Coach, Janjay Jacobs – Deputy Coach, Jaydeh Donyan Brown – Administrative Manager, Agnes Togbah – Medic and Sunnyboy Mason – Care taker; Andy Quarmie, head of delegation and Henry Flomo – Media Officer.