It’s been a couple of days since the country’s biggest sporting festival, the National County Sports Meet, commenced at four different venues across the country. All 15 participating counties have so far had a fair share of their participation in the preliminaries of the tournament.
Ahead of the final round of games in the preliminaries, KMTV Sports desk thought to do a short preview regarding how each group could end up.
After their 2-1 victory over Sinoe on Wednesday, January 8, Rivercess are just a point away from qualification as they sit top of the group with four points. A draw against bottom side Margibi will guarantee the south-central county qualification to the quarterfinals.
Sinoe County could have become the first team from the group to qualify, but missed out on their chances after Rivercess overturned a 1-0 lead to defeat them 2-1. The “Mississippi Boys” are second on the log with three points and will face host Grand Bassa, that are also disparate for qualification, in their final group stage game.
One point from two games, Margibi find themselves in a difficult position as they will have to defeat leaders Rivercess with more goals and hop for a favourable result from the other end.
Not much to talk about in this group as host Lofa County have already booked their ticket to Monrovia. The competition is now between Nimba and Bong counties. A draw will advance Bong to the last eight, while Nimba on the other hand must collect all three points to secure their spot in the quarterfinals.
This group comprises four teams, but the competition for qualification is only between three teams, as River Gee have no further part to play after losing their first two games.
Grand Gedeh and Maryland are leveled four points apiece in the group and will face each other in the first kickoff at the Martha Tubman Stadium in Harper, Maryland County.
Both teams need just a draw to guarantee their qualification to the Quarterfinals, a result that will dash Grand Kru’s hope of qualification. However, a win for either Maryland or Grand Kru, will create a chance for Grand Kru to qualify if they defeat River Gee.
Grand Gedeh and Maryland are the two favourites to qualify from this group.
Finally, Gbarpolu are the only side to win two consecutive games and one of two teams that have already advanced to next round of the competition, unlike the rest of the group members that a step away from advancing to the next stage.
Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount counties that are both leveled on a point each, with play in the first game. A win for either side will move them in the second position of the group as they await the result from the game between Gbarpolu and Bomi, hoping that Gbarpolu bag home all three points.
With 12 teams competing for the remaining six spots in the quarterfinals, obviously, the weekend is going to be a cheerful moment for others and also a sad moment for others.