Sierra Leone 0-2 Liberia: Lone Star wins first MRU peace football tournament

Liberian players celebrate with the trophy

Liberia’s senior national team, made up of home-based players, won the inaugural Manu River Union Peace Football tournament in Sierra Leone on Wednesday.

The home-based Lone Star beat hosts Sierra Leone 2-0 at the refurbished Kenima Stadium in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Forward Alloy Brown (R) celebrates with forward Sam Jackson after scoring his second goal of the game

Nimba striker Kwado Alloy Brown scored both goals in the second half after a goalless first period. The Lone Star’s victory followed after the female Lone Star beat the Queens of Sierra Leone 3-1 in the women’s football category.

Liberia starting XI

Wednesday’s match was attended by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Liberia Football Federation President Mustapha Raji who graced the occasion.

The tournament was part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and representatives of the UFM countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Coast d’Ivoire, November 27, 2019, to strengthen integration to advance PEACE, SECURITY and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Mano River countries.

The football associations of Liberia and Sierra Leone subsequently jointly agreed to align with the goals of the UFM and UNDP of promoting peace, stability and economic growth. The two associations have agreed to present their U-15 men’s team and the senior men’s and women’s national teams in an inaugural friendly tournament from April 24-28, 2020, following the withdrawal of Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire due to logistical and technical constraints.

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