Female U-20 Lone Star Had No Chance

first_imgThe national U-20 female Lone Star never had no chance last Saturday in their return-leg encounter for next year’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, against their Nigerian counterparts in Abuja, as the Nigerians ran away with victory, slamming in seven goals without a reply.The first leg two weeks ago in Monrovia saw the Nigerians sweeping victory their own way, scoring an incredible but humiliating 7-1 before the home crowd. And with such a devastating first leg, it would have been too foolish for any local fan to expect a miracle of victory.True, miracles happen once in a while but only when you are prepared and conditioned to expect it. Since we never prepared our young women for their opponents, it was clear that we did not need a soothsayer or a prophet to have predicted how the results would be.Now the two-leg encounter is over with our team losing a surprising but unfortunate 14-1 defeat and what should we begin to think. Yes, think is what I said and not ‘what we should begin to do.’ This is because we would do nothing any way. The disgrace would pass just like any other thing passes us by.But one thing I know we will do is to condemn and just take satisfaction in just talk about the soccer tragedy in Monrovia and Abuja. Yes, I know the Ministry of Youth & Sports would say nothing because they don’t have to say anything about the defeat. It is not a tradition for the Ministry to worry about why we lost and offer suggestions. Or take some serious action with the intent to get things done a little better in the future.But the question that should claim the attention of somebody is this: ‘Why did we register to play when we knew long time ago that we would not prepare the team well for the tournament?’ There are people who want to be counted because they want to be counted. But in sports Liberian players, whether male or female, deserve better preparation and motivation. Anything other than that means we would court disaster as it happened against Falconets.Even if somebody wanted the girls to lose, they could have led them to lose with honor. Losing 14-1 in two matches underscore the lack of commitment and support to develop the female game, much more the male national team.Where is Madam Ciatta Bishop? She was the one who, just before the Ebola menace, came on the scene with promises of seeing the Promised Land for our girls. Madam what happened?I know, we were too deep fighting Ebola, an unknown enemy so we were not really getting ready to use our legs to kick football. We had to cremate our Ebola dead; we had to fix our health care system and we had to pay those who risked their lives to fight the enemy…I can go on but enough! I agree, Ebola’s presence halted every progress, but did we have to register to be disgraced as it happened?Yes, if my daughter were part of the team, I would not have wanted her to return to Monrovia with her head bowed low, explaining what happened in Abuja or even what happened in Monrovia.After all we were never prepared and it was such unpreparedness that helped Ebola to kill more than it wanted to kill.Well down Nigeria, go Falconets go!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trump UP Yoddha, Dabang Delhi pip Telugu Titans

first_imgBengal Warriors trounced UP Yoddha 48-17 to record their biggest victory in the Pro Kabaddi League, starting their campaign on a confident note, here on Wednesday.The raiding duo of Maninder Singh (9 points) and Mohammed Nabibaksh (10 points) troubled the Yodha defence all night and chipped in with crucial contributions.Baldev Singh put on a solid display of brute strength and toughness and scored 7 tackle points. The UP Yoddha defence had an off night and could muster just five tackle points. Monu Goyat scored six points but didn’t get enough support.UP Yoddha made a strong start and led 4-0 after the first three minutes. But Warriors came back strong as Maninder first made a two-point raid and their defence got their act together. In the first 10 minutes, it was an evenly matched contest as both teams were level 6-6.The Warriors soon shifted gears and went on a scoring spree. They first inflicted an all-out in the 13th minute to lead 13-7 and their defence kept picking points at regular intervals.Both the defence and raiders of UP Yoddha had a quiet first half as they scored just three and four points respectively. At the end of the first half, Bengal Warriors led 17-9.Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 22-10. Monu Goyat picked up a raid point in the 23rd minute as UP Yoddha trailed 11-25. Nabibaksh produced an excellent super raid in the 24th minute to give Warriors a commanding 18-point lead as they led 30-12.The Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-13 after 25 minutes. UP Yoddha were looking bereft of ideas to counter the strength and toughness that Warriors posed.advertisementBengal Warriors inflicted fourth all out of the match in the 37th minute to assert further dominance and opened up a 28-point lead. With less than a minute to go, Mohammed Nabibaksh achieved a super 10 to lead his team to victory.Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha start their home leg on October 5 in Greater Noida.Delhi win ThrillerIn an edge of the seat clash, Dabang Delhi pipped Telugu Titans 34-33 in their campaign opener of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) here on Wednesday.Raider Naveen Kumar was the chief architect of Delhi’s win as he accumulated 14 raid points.On the other hand, debutant Suraj Desai, the elder brother of Siddharth Desai, scored 18 raid points for Telugu Titans. Siddharth scored eight raid points for the Titans.Suraj was quick off the blocks for the Titans as he made a two-point raid in the first minute of the match. Meraj Sheykh opened Delhi’s account with a raid in the second minute.It was a closely-fought affair between the two teams as they were level at 4-4 after the first five minutes.Siddharth was sent to the bench in the sixth minute after a strong tackle by Ravinder. Suraj made another two-point raid in the seventh minute to level the match at 6-6.Siddharth scored two quick raid points to give Telugu Titans 9-7 lead in the 11th minute. In the 16th minute, Titans forced a super tackle to level the match at 11-11 after their opponents had taken a slender lead.At the end of the first half, Delhi led 13-12.The hosts began the second half with a bang as they forced a super tackle in the 21st minute. Siddharth made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute as Titans led 17-15. Suraj followed it up a two-point raid of his own in the next minute.Navin achieved a super 10 in the 25th minute as Delhi trailed 18-20. Delhi inflicted the first all out the match in the 26th minute to level the match at 21-21.Suraj produced a terrific super raid in the 31st minute to give Titans 28-26 lead. Delhi reacted strongly and in the next couple of minutes scored six straight points to lead 32-26.Titans led by Suraj came back and scored four points to trail 30-32 in the 36th minute.It was anyone’s match in the last three minutes but Delhi kept their nerve to emerge victorious.Also Read | Jaipur Pink Panthers, Haryana Steelers register their first wins of PKL 2019Also Read | Pro Kabaddi 2019: Tamil Thalaivas beat Telugu Titans, Gujarat Fortunegiants crush Bengaluru Bullslast_img read more