By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer, Cameroon.
The National Football team of Liberia nicknamed the “Lone Stars”, are through to the next round of qualifiers for the 2022 world cup, despite a 1#0 defeat to Sierra Leone.
The road to Qatar 2022 is gradually taking shape in the CAF zone, and Liberia is one of the teams that have survived a scare in the first round. 18 year old Goalkeeper Ashley Williams was the hero this Sunday at the Freetown stadium in Sierra Leone, as he produced a monumental save to see visiting Liberia through 3#2 on aggregate.
Liberia came into the game leading 3#1 on aggregate, but Kei Kamara gave host Sierra Leone hopes with his superbly stuck opener at the 55th minute of the game. Liberia held tight, and looked set to grabbing a ticket for the next round, but there was late drama, as Sierra Leone was awarded a 94th minute penalty. Amidst celebrations and shouts from the home crowd in Freetown, the young Goalie kept his composure and produced a sensational save, as he dived down to his left, to stop Umarou Bangura’s kick.
The game ended 1#0 in favour of Sierra Leone, but Liberia goes through 3#2 on aggregate.
Ashley Williams is certainly the talk of the day throughout Liberia. Born on October 30, 2000, Williams currently plays club Football with Liberian league side, LISCR FC. He has also had spells with Bassa Town Young Controller, and Gardnersville Football Club. The last few years have been massive for the shot stopper, with a quick transition from the U20 to the senior team of Liberia. With his continuous improvement in goal, Ashley Williams is certainly going be one of the dependables for the new generation of Liberian Footballers, who are determined to bring the Leone Stars back to the biggest stage in the continent.
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