Liberia’s 2022 World Cup Qualification hope appears to be over at the moment following their 1-0 loss away to Group C rivals Cape Verde Island at the 8,000 seated Estádio da Várzea Stadium in Praia.
The result sees the Blue Shakes of Cape Verde just two points behind group leaders Nigeria with nine points, while the Central African Republic are third on four points and Lonestar are bottom of the log with just three points after match-day four.
The hosts got off to a great start in Sunday’s afternoon showpiece by cresting several opportunities in the first half with Jamiro Monteiro coming close to giving Cape Verde the lead through his effort on the edge of the box which the visiting goalkeeper Tommy Songo make a comfortable save.
The visiting team, Liberia grew in confidence as the first half continued, with Kpah Sherman and the rest of the attackers making a couple of notable forays in attack, but they were given another warning when the Blue Shakes saw their effort been saved by the woodwork on the 42 minutes.
Goalless at the break, Lonestar started strongly in the second half by creating few chances with Sherman and the rest missing out on open scoring opportunities.
Boosted by their early second-half chances, the hosts almost open the score a few minutes later, but this time goalkeeper Songo came to the rescue of Lonestar by sending the ball over his line for a corner kick after some poor defending from the visitors.
The Lonestar responded on the hour mark with the introduction of substitution, as Tarrence Tisdell entered the fray from the bench, with the latter almost immediately missing out on a great chance to put his team in the lead.
At the late minutes with Lonestar looking for just a point in Praia, their hopes were extinguished on 90 minutes when Gray Rodquiz provided an inch-perfect cross for skipper Ryan Mendes to fire home and seal a dramatic 1-0 victory.
Meanwhile, Lonestar Coach Peter Butler has blamed his players for not taking responsibility in doing their job property after losing to Cape Verde back-to-back in just four days.
Addressing a post-match press conference in Praia, Butler said his players did not do well for the country in the last two matches.
At the same time, a highly placed source has hinted that Lone Star Coach Peter Butler, has informed a few of his trusted players immediately after the game that he will resign his position upon his return to Monrovia this week.
According to our source, the reason behind Butler’s planned resignation is based on his team’s poor performance and loss of hope to qualify the team to the next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar.
The Englishman contract is expected to be reviewed at the end of this November following his 12-months extension in August of this year.
During the signing of his one year contract, it was agree upon that his contract will be reviewed after every three months by the Liberia Football Association Technical Committee which will be headed by Ivan Brown who is an Executive Committee member.