James Debbah and Lone Stars Lost 3-1 in Bamako

Listener staff report

Liberia home based national team, the Lone Stars lost 3-1 Monday evening to Guinea Syli Nationales, in the first leg match of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers.

The Lone Stars went down 2-0, before Dweh Allison scored for the home base Stars. “Guinea added a third in the dying minutes of the match, to finish 3-1,” said the Lib Football News.

The game was delayed for 24 hours due to flight difficulties Liberia had earlier experienced in getting the team to Bamako Mali, where the game took place, due to Guinea’s inability to host home matches because of the Ebola Virus Disease.

The match was a home fixture for Guinea. Liberian Coach James Salinsa Debbah, has now suffered his second away defeat in two weeks, having also lost to Togo 2-1 in Lome in the afcons qualifiers. He will however have home turf to defend and redeem his sides.

A request from Liberia to have caf postponed the match from Sunday to Tuesday was rejected by Guinea.

The second leg match will be played on July 5th in Monrovia, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. A total of 42 countries on the continent are competing for 15 spots at the gala, reserved especially for home based national teams with local talent.The finals is expected to take place in Rwanda between January and February next year.

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