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|Warming up for Nigeria: Liberia Go Down 4-3 to Niger in Niamey||| Print ||
|Written by Abraham Wheon|
|Tuesday, 09 October 2012 21:29|
Niamey, Niger - Liberia has finally concluded their training with a promising 4-3 defeat Monday to Niger in Niamey.
The match was a test for both teams but it was Niger who needed to get the result they got in an attempt to get home fans support as the stadium was virtually empty.
Despite Niger referee Anzi playing a key role in Liberia’s lost by ruling out Solomon Grimes and Trokon Zeon’s goals for offside, it has to be noted that there are some concerns for Kaetu Smith and his men ahead of the Nigeria duel.
The defense will have to greatly work and all should pray for Nathaniel Sherman to be fully fit for Saturday’s game as a key figure always responsible for clearing defensive mess most especially failed attempt on area balls. That Calabar of personnel was lacking.
The midfield remains an area of fear with the presence of informed Isaac Popo, Alseny Keita and improved Theo Weeks.
Another problem Liberia needs to settle is the issue of natural strikers who can put off great fight against defenders for aerial balls while supporting midfielders do the finishing.
Patrick Wleh is the lone natural striker but needs assistance.
For me, I think following all six games Liberia played, we had had early minutes chances with Marcus Macaulay and Zah Krangar missing this time in the first four minutes and the biggest of all is that we don’t know how to maintain lead when we take it. That’s the biggest problem.
From the look of things, if these concerns are checked by Smith I think scoring three goals away in a match since early 2000 sends a clear message that Liberia is heading to shock the entire continent.
Liberia: Marcus Macaulay (2 goals) and Ansu Toure (1)
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 07:21|