17th January 2018
WAFU 2017: Senegal Defeat Liberia in Opening Fixture Sunday in Ghana
By a press release (11/09/17
Senegal started as favourites and pipped Liberia on penalties in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout last Sunday in Ghana.
Known by the nickname ‘Teranga Lions’, Senegal will be making their fourth appearance at the WAFU Cup of Nations. They clash with Liberia’s Lone Star at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana. Kick off at 18h00 Ghanaian time. (Pictured: Lone Star of Liberia).
They were part of the eight-team field at the cancelled inaugural tournament in Ivory Coast, finished as runners-up to hosts Nigeria in the 2010 competition, withdrew from the 2011 event, and in 2013 they were again beaten by the tournament hosts (Ghana on this occasion) in the final.
Known by the nickname ‘The Lone Star’, Liberia will be making their fourth successive WAFU Cup of Nations appearance.
They debuted in Nigeria 2010 and finished third in their group behind Ghana and Burkina Faso, in 2011 Liberia were beaten in the semi-finals by eventual champions Togo, and in 2013 they finished bottom of their group.
Both nations’ locally-based sides come into this tournament off the back of failures in the qualification for the 2018 African Nations Championship: Senegal were stunned 6-3 on aggregate by Guinea in the final round, while Liberia exited earlier thanks to a 2-1 aggregate loss to Mauritania.
Senegal and Liberia have met in 12 official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Teranga Lions boast an unbeaten record (eight wins and four draws), and have outscored their opponents 30 goals to nine.
The winners of this match will occupy position 1 in Group 2 and face either Burkina Faso or Niger in their opening second round match.
Courtesy: WAFU media