Liberia coach Thomas Kojo blames poor defending for Congo loss

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Liberia President George Weah watched as the Lone Stars conceded three goals from crosses to lose 3-1 to Congo Brazzaville on Thursday

Liberia interim coach Thomas Kojo has blamed poor defending for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 3-1 away loss in Brazzaville as they remain at the foot of Group G.

The Getafe midfielder on loan to Real Mallorca, Merveil Ndockyt converted a cross to thrust Congo ahead, before Norway based player Sam Johnson struck back for Liberia two minutes after the break.

But Prince Ibara and Prince Oniangue similarly headed in crosses from the right side for Congo’s second and third goals respectively to seal a convincing victory.

“I didn’t promise that we would win. I said that we would play a good game to make sure that we would get a good result,” said Kojo after the match.

“We lost, it’s football, anything can happen. We did our best but we couldn’t win. All goals the three goals came from crosses which we did not defend well. Defensively we were poor and we conceded.”

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With Weah part of the crowd at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat, it was another match in which Liberia’s defensive frailties came to the fore in this campaign. They have now conceded seven goals in three games.

Liberia remain winless and at the base of Group G with just a point. They play Congo again on Tuesday but this time would be at home in Monrovia.

With the victory, Congo are now tied on four points with Zimbabwe and DR Congo in Group G.

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