29th March 2016
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier
Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia
Liberia 5-0 Djibouti
A second half hat-trick from Liberian forward William Jebor added to the two goal lead they already held at half-time heaped more misery on our Shoremen of the Red Sea and officially eliminated them from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Liberia made their superiority tell from the off, forcing pressure on Djibouti that was never likely to founder on Djibouti’s defences in the way it had in the reverse match last week. In only the 8th minute the pressure led to a penalty award, and from the moment that Anthony Laffor’s spot-kick bulged the back of the net, the game was effectively over.
Sam Johnson, who plays in Sweden for Djurgardens, added a second midway through the first half before Jebor added the flourish in the second. He struck twice within the opening three minutes of the second period and rounded off his hat-trick deep into added time after what had become a pedestrian and rather meaningless second half.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Group A Togo (featuring a newly returned to the fold Emmanuel Adebayor) and Tunisia played out a goalless draw in Lomé – a result which means that Liberia’s double over Djibouti has lifted them to top place in the group standings.
That draw, combined with Djibouti’s defeat means that Djibouti are officially now eliminated from the African Cup of Nations, no longer able to reach second place and a possible qualifying place. In reality, of course, such a dream was never even a possibility.
|1.||Liberia||Pl. 4||GD +6||Pts. 9|
So where do Djibouti go from here? In the short term, they will complete their fixtures against Tunisia in June and Togo in September – clashes in which anything other than resounding defeat would be an astonishing shock. Already out of the World Cup, the only prospect of further action will likely be the next edition of the CECAFA Cup, which is some time away yet.
A lengthy spell at the bottom of the world beckons.