The PKNS Striker first half goal proved the difference at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports stadium in Paynesville as Liberia narrowly defeated CHAD , in the first leg of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying series.
Sherman, 43rd minute strike prove supremacy for a slugate Lone Star side ,who takes a slim advantage to N’Djamena on Sunday for the return leg fixture between the two countries.
The goal was Sherman first Competition goal for the Lone Star,after 9 appearances,the 27-year-old first International goal in the Lone Star color came in a 2-1 lost to Nigeria on September 11,2018 in an international friendly match.
In a chitchat to Liberian Sports International after the match,the PKNS Striker was quoted:
” i’ m glad the goal has finally come and now that i have breaking the deadlock,the scoring continues. I’m very proud of having this goal at this right time and the most of all we won “,this will definitely serve as motivation to me to continue fighting hard for my country.
“I have said earlier the goal will come “,it is just a matter of time and this has happen, glory be to God, i feel good to score, but know i have to improve in the goal area , to be more concrete, because for a striker the fundamental aspect is the goal, so i have to try to reduce errors to a minimum for the good of my country, Sherman said.
Liberia won on a single note and Coach Peter Butler said after the match , that bad pitch was the key factor to his team performance.
I think my guys,” wasn’t at their best during the game ,but at times players make mistakes on the field, but the terrible pitch cause most of our errors today,” you can not play good football on a pitch like this all of the time, i think we need to improve our pitch to move forward,Coach Butler said.
“We created a few good chances,but was unlucky to get the goals that we wanted, the important thing,we won,without conceding a goal , which could have been more difficult for us in the away match.
The Englishman added that the advantage could help Liberia in N’Djamena, on Sunday.
“I think the advantage will help us in the return match and we’ll try to improve on our performance he said.
In short, Skipper Sam Johnson is calling on Liberian to continue their support toward the Lone Star, despite the result, the result is not something that we ready wanted, our aim was to score more goals and make our fans happy,” yes we won but was not impressive, but you got to keep supporting us to move forward , but not to discourage us by saying the negative thing, this will not encourage us to play well he said.
Continue your support Liberian,”playing away is difficult but we will work extremely hard to get the result we want to qualify. A 1-1 draw or nil -nil will put us through, so we will fight hard to Achieve this with your support, he said.
i think my performance wasn’t okay today”, i did not play well, but that’s football not everyday a player can be good at game, but i will try my best to improve the next game, the Real Salt Lake Striker added in a post match press conference.
On the other hand, New Striker Peter Wilson mark his debut for Liberia on his 23rd year birthday,the GIF Sundsvall forward replace scorer Sherman in the 90th minute, but had little minutes to impress his fans and the technical staff, Wilson few touches on the ball was awesome and had a descent birthday gift, with the win.
“I am happy to make my debut for Liberia, this is what i have been waiting for a long time , what a dream come true for me”, i love this country at heart and to mark my debut on my birthday, is something so special and i am so much proud we won this game, Wilson said.
Meanwhile,Liberia play Chad in the return fixture on Sunday in N’Djamena and need at least a draw to progress through to the Group one of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying already made of Guinea, Mali and Namibia.