LISCR FC chance of advancing to the next stage of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup has become slim after they suffered a disturbing 4-0 defeat against Algerian side USM Bel Abbes in the first leg of the preliminaries away to Algeria on Tuesday, November 27.
A second half brace from Mohamed Seguer plus two goals in the 23rd and 90+2 minutes were enough for the home side to clinch the rewarding victory at the February 24,1956 stadium ahead of the return-leg in Monrovia on December 5, 2018 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
After going down 1-0 in the first half, the ‘Shipping Boys’ returned to the second half with the aim of leveling things up, but the home side proved stronger in their attacks and slotted home the additional two goals.
The former LFA First Division Champions would now have to overturn the 4-0 deficit in the return-leg if they ought to next round of the competition.
LISCR arrived in Algeria during the evening hours of Sunday, November 25, after transiting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Tunisia. Upon arrival in Algeria, head coach Tapha Manneh described his team as well prepared, unfortunately, his side did not secure the needed result.
The Gambian coach made five changes in his previous lineup that lost 4-0 against Barrack Young Controllers in the FA final in October. Newly signed midfielder Sekou Kamara made his official debut since joining from Keitrace in early November, while goalkeeper Ashely Williams, Edward Ledlum, Alloy Brown and Darius Kah returned to the starting lineup.
In his post-match interview, coach Manneh expressed dissatisfaction over his team’s performance and also attributed the humiliating result to the long travel and weather condition.
“We aren’t satisfy with the result. My team was slow in the pitch and it’s not a good result for us. We traveled a long distance and was unable to train as scheduled. We had just one training session and my players didn’t adapt to the weather. Let me congratulate our opponents for taking their chances in the game. Now, we have lot of work to do when we return home and we are going to prepare”, he said