Liberia Lone Stars climbed to the second place in group J as the Brazil 2014 world cup qualifications campaign heats up over the weekend when they dismissed the Uganda Cranes 2-0 at the Monrovia sports Complex in Painesville. The Lone Stars opened the score sheet in the 36 minute through a header from Patrick Wleh, who Liberian sports writers are referring to as ‘Ronaldinho’.
The Cranes had no answer for Liberia’s supremacy and ball possession, as the Lone Stars dominated both halves before their 40,000 cheering home fans. Wleh got his goal from a comer kick that was well delivered by Turkish based winger Tonia Tisdell. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the Stars.
Five minutes after the second half begun, South Africa based Mamelodi Sundowns striker and Captain Anthony Laffor unleashed a 30 yard thunder that beat his team mate Denis Onyango, placing the ball in the deep end corner of the net to a frenzy celebration from spectators.
From there on, Liberia grew in strength as they enjoy possessions, while piling pressure on the East Africans, the visitors looked vulnerable to the home side display of poised. All the Cranes could do was sit back and cleared balls from their goal mouth. Several chances by the Cranes went wasted by forward Emmanuel Okwi. The Ugandan forward who plays for ES Sahel in the Tunisian league came close to scoring on several occasions but could not convert.
The Ugandan Cranes reports say went down by similar scoreline in Liberia at the same venue in 1999. Ugandan Coach Bobby Williamson blamed the poor playing pitch for his team’s defeat, saying, “The pitch beat us today and not Liberia. As I said, the conditions are terrible. It is a shame because all you need to [do is] make the facility good for the grass to grow. There was much football played today but I am afraid that for a World Cup qualifying match, that pitch is a disgrace.”
In another group J match, Angola held Senegal to a 1-1 draw in Conakry Guinea. It was a home game for the Lions of Senegal who are under a Fifa imposed ban for crowd rowdiness during their last match [Afcons qualifications] with the Elephants of Ivory Coast. Senegal still top the Group J with five points, followed by Liberia, Angola and Uganda. Sports analysts believe if interim Coach Frank Jericho Nagbe continues his winning ways he will no doubt wow the Liberian FA and retain the Lone Star coaching job on a full time basis. Nagbe was recommended to the position by Liberian legend George Weah