Liberia may have won 2-0 against Ghana in a friendly on Tuesday, but the major talking points in the Liberian press remains the rubbish refereeing from Jerry Yekeh.
The hosts won 2-0 courtesy of an eight minute drama done in two acts as the diminutive Indonesian based Zah Rahan Krangar of Indonesian club persipura got the goals.
The first would however reignite the debate of goal line technology as the player’s tap in which was bundled by Asanti Gold goalie Fatau Dauda still remains unclear as to whether the whole of the ball crossed the line.
But, Al Ain’s hit-man Asamoah Gyan who was wearing the captain arm band drew first blood from a booming header after the pin-sized nimble footed winger Solomon Asanti of berekum Chelsea provided a delivery that eluded the defensive duo of Solomon Wesseh and Teah Dennis, Jr. both of local sides LPRC Oilers and Barrack Young Controllers (BYC).
Referee yekeh however disallowed the goal on grounds of offside. And, after the Lone Star second goal, there was a penalty appeal ignored by the referee after a Gyan flick had landed on the arm of stopper Wesseh.
On a bumpy pitch that caused problems for the visitors, the Lone Star started on a high with full back George Gebro showing much grit and Ansu Toure who was the orchestrator for the first goal always looking ominous.
Cypriot based full back Solomon Grimes continued his below par performance, with the French based holding midfielder Alseny Keita continuing his short crisp passing that lacked the element of supply generally as he could not provide the telling balls.
The silky Isaac Zola Pupo of local outfit LPRC Oilers was again on show with his deft touches, but remained unable to provide the darting runs or cover grounds to get in the opposing side final third.
Russian club CSKA Moscow CSKA winger Sekou Jabateh Oliseh had a slightly better game than the one with Nigeria with Indonesian based club Semen Padang finisher Edward Junior Wilson lacking sharpness.
In three matches he has yet to get a shot on goal.
The Ghanaians settled after Zah’s brace and began to show some good football. Samuel Inkoom, Christian Atsu,Kwadow Asamoah who was no doubt the man of the match, Razak Nuhu, Abdul Majeed Warris,Jerry Akiminko, Derek Boateng tried to control the contest, but the Lone Star would always cause problem with their individual brilliance.
With President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boikai watching, the Ghanaians tried to reduce the deficit as they introduced Anthony Annan who ignited the game as the Black Stars missed a plethora of chances. As the Black Stars probed, the referees caused more problems with their questionable offside calls, and at one point in time made the players of the Black Stars had to barricade one of the assistant referees in protesting. One disappointment however was the avalanche of misses by FC Porto’s Abdul Majeed Warris who is known as the “Ghanaian Messi”.
On the day, the letter, i, was off, as he was a “mess” and you can guess how he performed.
One major talking point however was the decision by Anthony Annan who tried striking a ball boy with a ball after the lad was apparently wasting time to give Annan a ball to throw. Andre Dede Ayew would later come on, playing simple style football with the birthday man Jordan Ayew relaxing and watching from the bench for the entire 90 minutes.
The win was the Lone Star fourth against the Black Stars, while the Blacks Stars have won against the Lone Star 13 times.
In the end, the Lone Star was 2-0 victors with rubbish refereeing playing a key part as the Lone Star won the President’s Cup, but there was a need to invite a referee from either Sierra Leone or Guinea as a further sign of transparency and Fair play.
The match had to be delayed by an hour after the Lone Star earlier refused to honor the match on grounds that they were not given their per diem for the match with Nigeria Super Eagles. With the Black Star players arriving on the field since, they had to wait 41 minutes before their Liberian counterparts arrived.