TP Mazembe’s Elia Lina Meschack late equalizer secured a vital point for DR Congo at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex to keep the Leopards second in ‘Group G’ on four points – level with Zimbabwe, who has superior goal difference.
Backed by a passionate crowd and 1995 Africa, Europe and FIFA World player of the Year, now President of Liberia George Weah, Lone Star had the best of chances in the opening half, but failed to alter the scoreboard before the break.
The home team effort finally paid off in the 61st minute, when Anthony Laffor found William Jebor in the visitors’ box for the match opener.
Jebor, who was handed the Captain Arm-band by Coach Thomas Kojo leading to Sunday’s match strike from closed range on September 9, takes his Lone Star goal-tally to 10 in 11 appearances.
Liberia remains rooted at the bottom of ‘Group G’ table, after substitute Elia Meschak’s goal eight minutes from regular time denied Lone Star the crucial three points before its home fans. The Warriors of Zimbabwe played Congo to a 1-1 in Brazzaville earlier on Sunday in the group other fixture.
Lone Star Coach has blamed Sunday’s result on the lack of concentration by his players. Coach Kojo told a post-match news conference that his players ran out of ideas and failed to defend well.
However, the former Liberia international said he’s optimistic about the team future, despite the disappointing draw with DR Congo. Liberia next game is against Congo in Brazzaville on October 11, 2018.
Liberia – Tommy Songo Kemoh Kamara, Teah Dennis, Joel Johnson, Adolphus Marshell, Allen Njie, Murphy Oscar Dolley, Anthony Laffor (Sekou Konneh 83’), Tonia Tisdell (Sylvanus Nimely 58’), Sam Johnson, William Jebor (C)
Unused Substitute: Ashely Williams (G), Alvin Maccornel, Aloysius Simujla, Saah Nyumah, Kpah Sherman.
DR Congo – Anthony Mossi Ngawi, Issama Mpeko Djos, Glody Ngonda Muzinga, Wilfred Moke, Christian Luyindama, Nelson Munganga, Jacques Maghoma (Britt Assombalonga 72’), Luamba Fabrice Ngoma, Junior Kabananga Kalonji (Elia Lina Meschack 56’), Jonathan Bolingi, Benik Afobe (Chadrac Akolo74’).
Unused substitute: Joel Kiassumbu, Yannick Bangala Litombo, Bobo Ungenda Muselenge, Chikito Lema Mabidi.