Alexis Kids have won the Liberia Football Association (LFA) seven-a-side under-15 tournament in Voinjama, Lofa County, report Joseph M. Vincent.
They defeated Lofa County, who failed to convert their chances, 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw.
Voinjama FC won a cup version by defeating Abu FC 6-5 on penalties after another goalless draw.
Tournament coordinator Alex Nagbo commended the participants for honoring the LFA’s invitation.
“This was just a pilot project. You should start preparing for the biggest task in February when the LFA holds the national youth domestic league for under-15 and under-17,” Nagbo disclosed.
Former Liberia international and goalkeeping coach Lucretius Togba, who served as LFA chief scout, revealed that 20 players were spotted from the tournament.
LFA Lofa County sub-association chairman Geebah Kamara thanked the LFA for holding a youth tournament in the county.
Kamara asked the LFA, led by Mustapha Raji, to provide more opportunities for kids to express their God-giving talents.
Stephen FC, Lofa United, Junior Lone Star, Junior FC, Children Giants and Voinjama FC were drawn in Group A while United Brothers, Foina FC, Black Stars, Prolar FC, Abu FC and Alexis FC competed in Group B.
Sixteen games were played over three days and six were decided on penalties.
Twenty-one goals were scored with Falah Willie of Alexis Kids and Android Richards of Prolar emerging as joint top scorers with three goals each.
The LFA held the seven-a-side under-15 tournament in Tubmanburg, Bomi; Harbel, Margibi; Buchanan, Grand Bassa; Voinjama, Lofa and Gbarnga, Bong Counties from 18-23 December.
Only players born on 1 January 2005 and after were allowed to participate in the pilot-project in the five counties, which will pave the way for a national youth domestic league for under-15 and under-17 in the 15 counties.
Twelve teams, featuring two goalkeepers and twelve players, participated in each county on a first comes, first serves basis.
Participating teams were allowed to field a mixture of boys and girls.