The Liberia National team the ( LONESTAR) is through to the group stage of the Qatar 2022 Worldcup qualifier thanks to their 3-2 aggregates win over neighbor’s Sierra Leone on Sunday in Freetown.
Despite falling to a 1-0 defeat on the night , the Lone Star progress through to the next round of the qualifier thank to 3-1 first leg victory over arch- rival (Sierra Leone) a forthnight ago in the Mano-river derby first game at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
18-year-old Goalkeeper Ashley Williams was the hero of the day in the Second leg engagement, pulling off, an incredible 94th minute penalty saved to denied Leone’s Star Captain Umaru Bangura’s a chance to send his country through to the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World cup qualifiers.
The teenage goalkeeper was the king of the match making numerous saves during the decisive game to contain a stubborn Sierra Leone’s side , who had a comfortable control of the game , after Colorad rapid forward Kei Kamara had putting them in proceeding thank to his solid 55-minute goal that goalkeeper William had no answer to.
After the goal the sierra Leone’s continued to mount pressure in search of the second that could have send them through on an away goal rule , but the Leone’s star front line was brilliantly denied on several occasion by the young goalkeeper Williams.
Liberia almost level proceeding through substitute Mohammed Sangare but the Newcastle United under-23 midfielder effort was comfortably saved goalkeeper Morris Solomon.
“With some tired legs out on the pitch in the latter stages of the match, the visitors were frustrating the home side in the attack, Dennis Jr combine well with Eugene Swen composed the LONE STAR defense to calm down the host threads.
Despite all of their frustrating efforts , yet the Leone’s Star still had some hope to progress through, dan minute into the game when Burkinabe referee Jean Quattara awarded a last birth penalty against the visitor’s, when Lone Star defender Teah Dennis brought down Djurgaden forward Buya Turay into the penalty area and referee Quattara had no option but to point to the spot for a penalty kick.
Skipper Bangura stood up to take the decisive penalty for the host , but his low shot spot kick was coolly saved by 18-year-old Williams who gained a hero status and stole the headlines in Freetown.
Elsewhere Equatorial Guinea advanced on Sunday, beating South Sudan 1-0 courtesy of an Emilio Nsue goal, after a goalless first leg game.
Earlier on Sunday, Tanzania beat Burundi on penalties and Ethiopia were away-goals winners over Lesotho.
The 14 teams who advance from the preliminary round advanced to the group stage, where they will join the 26 top-ranked sides in the 40-team, 10-group proceeding for the second phase.
Five places have been reserved for Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.