Featured image from Liberian Observer, Anthony Kokoi
This year’s National County Sports Meet football tournament took place from Sat. March 30 to Sun. April 22 and stretched across five counties.
Bong, Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Sinoe and Montserrado county all hosted the 15 football teams as they battled for the coveted County Meet title. In the end, Montserrado retained the title with a 2-0 win over Bong County.
The counties were split into four groups. Montserrado started in group two with Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Margibi. The champions beat Rivercess and narrowly passed its other group mates to make it to the finals. Bong County beat out Lofa, Nimba and Grand Geddeh, in group one, to suffer a loss in the final game matchup against Montserrado.
During a KMTV post game interview, Montserrado County superintendent Florence Brandy confidently stated,
“I said, ‘there will be no extra time. There will be no penalty. This is a straight 90 minute game and it was, 2-0.”
Brandy emphasized the importance of commitment saying, “When you are committed to the activities of the county, you are bound to be victorious.” This is Montserrado’s second win in a row, after last year’s first win ever. The county’s football team is on a roll.
Liberia’s National County Meet started in 1956. Nimba and Grand Kru lead the National County Meet’s football wins with four victories each. These last two victories show Montserrado playing catch up.
Montserrado houses all of Liberia’s ethnic groups within several active cities, including the nation’s capital — Monrovia. Congratulations to the champions. Watch Montserrado fans bum rush the field during the last few minutes of the live final game on KMTV’s Facebook page.