Liberia vs Nigeria by Isaiah
Liberia has qualified twice to the final stage of the African Nations Cup (1996 and 2002), although they are not a big name in the continent, but the last ten years they were never to the final stage. In the last qualifying round, Liberia won difficult against Namibia with the score of 1-0, and with the away game finishing 0-0, they qualified. The two teams had very little differences in quality and both of the games were really boring.
Since last May, new coach of Liberia is Kaetu Smith, a coach that their fans do not have any trust on him, and the crowd seen him as a pawn of the Football Federation. In a country where the civil war still rages, there is no room for development in football, and as a result most players of their national team are playing outside Liberia. Six players of their national team are playing to Indonesian league.
The biggest problem for Liberia is the relationship between the players and the football federation. There is lot of arguments for several reasons, that's why some players are left out of the team for disciplinary reasons. Three key players, attacking midfielder Gebro, midfielder Laffor and midfielder Williams, were against the Football Association and left out of the national team.
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Nigeria has won twice the African Nations Cup (1980 and 1994) and too all important events they are among the favorites, while coach Stephen Keshi continues from last year to their bench. There is some great pressure for success to Nigeria, and the next event and the qualification is essential for them.
Even the country's president Goodluck Jonathan is involved and showing lot of interest for Nigeria games to the Nations Cup, and requested the victory today from coach Stephen Keshi, and he is also located in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, to have contact with Nigeria players and attend tonight's game along with about 2,000 Nigerian fans.
Nigerian national team traveled to Liberia since Thursday, but they were unable to finish yesterday's training, as there was darkness and the makers of the stadium does not turned on any headlights. As a result, Nigeria acted fast with a formal protest to the Football Federation of Liberia.
Talking about their roster, Mikel, Odemwingie, Utaka, Obinna and Aiyegbeni, remained outside, and they invited several young players from the domestic Nigerian league. Of those competing in European clubs, Yobo, Moses, Brown and Emenike are all included to the squad.
The absences of Nigeria will not prevent me to bet on them. Liberia is several years in obscurity and they look unworthy of any trust. I think that Nigeria will win this one easy or not.
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