MONROVIA-It was a humiliating time for Alpha Old Timer Sports Association on their own pitch when COTA-Cowfield Old Timers Sports Association beat them 2-1 to climax the LONA league on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Alpha is this year’s champion of the Liberia OldTimers Sport Association and has the largest number of ex-football stars. Former national Team players like Oliver Makor, Kelvin Segbe, goal keeper Sunny Sieh and others feature in the game.
The game climaxed the football season for the Old Timers Sports Association. With ALPHA full team in sight, excluding its captain, Lenn Eugen Nagbe, the game started on a slow pace without COTA main goal keeper, Augustine Seh Taylor. Rather, COTA had its main striker, Bob Zeo in the goal post; a sing that gave Alpha the zeal to score its first goal in the first twentieth minutes of the first half.
The game started the second half with COTA dominating after putting in Mike Baye, LONA one time best defender. The pressure led to awarding a penalty to COTA. That was netted by Jerry Kaizor in the seventy-fifth minute.
This, made ALPHA entire technical team to wake up from their seats and started to give instructions to their players on the pitch.
Still determined, COTA mounted immense pressure on ALPHA that led to Kaizor netting the second goal in the 88th minute of the game.
With this, Alpha’s stars like Kelvin, Oliver Makor became irritated and struggled to find an equalizer, but they all their shots were denied by Bob Zeo. With series of shots from both Kelvin and Makor, Bob Zeo denied them to enter the net.
This is not the first time for Alpha to suffer defeat in the hands of COTA. Since COTA entered the LONA league, over three years ago, it has always beaten ALPHA either on their sports stadium or at a different venue. They either draw with COTA ,but have never defeated the boys from the home of COW.
At the end of the game, COTA main goal keeper, Taylor commended the team for the way they played.
Prior to the commencement of the game, the chairlady for the team, madam Kim Harris Thomas encouraged them to win. She said, “we do not have big hands, but we have committed players who can deliver. I know my players will deliver.”
Mike Baye said, ‘ALPA is no match to COTA; with all their big players. We can disgrace them anytime, anywhere. Let the news go outside there that we have defeated LONA Champion.”