On October 7, 2006, four Africa soccer teams raided Worcester, MA, in a spirited display of
sporting muscle. This was the version of the African Cup of Nations on American soil.
The tournament comprised of 5 teams of Africans from different countries living in
USA. The Boston-based teams from Kenya and Tanzania competed against three
teams of Ghana, Liberia, and Kenya2.
The Teams Parade Below for Team Photos
Kenya 'Harambee Stars' 1
Tanzania 'Taifa Stars'
Ghana 'Black Stars'
Kenya 'Harambee Stars' II
Liberia Lone 'Stars'
To the disappointment of its fans, Ivory Coast, the sixth team, never showed up.
The fans that ajabuafrica.com talked to expressed shock at the missing team, saying
a missed opportunity for
them to participate in the tournament, whose main objective
was to raise
Monrovia-based Girls’ Soccer Association.
On cue from the referee’s whistle, Kenyans from Boston and Tanzania were the first to go at
other, this being a second duel of the two teams in less than a month. On September 9,
Tanzanians felled the Kenyans 1-0, during the Thomson Island Soccer Tournament,
At the end of regulation time, the Kenya-Tanzania interface ended on a 1-1 draw, with Felix
Mboya converting a spot kick for Kenya, and Kizito equalizing for “Taifa Stars,” prompting a
shootout. Tanzania went on to win 5-4 after a Kenyan shot wide one of the spot kicks.
Kenyan striker, Felix Mboya outpaces 3 Tanzanian Defenders.right;The Kenyan bench dumbfounded by the
In the second match, Ghana’s “Black Stars” took on Kenya 2 from Worcester. Although the
Kenyans lost the match 1-2. Manny and Derrick scored for Ghana while Junior Bargolo pulled
back for the plucky Kenya 2. Although Kenya 2 lost the game, many fans credited the team
for their display of the best style of soccer. Back home, Kenyan teams have perennially
trailed with pathetic performances in the African Cup of nations tournaments. .
Left, Kenya II goaliee kicks the ball .Right; A Ghanian defender unable to stop the hot shot from kenya II
After an early show of might for about 15 minutes, probably inspired by Kenya 2’s brilliant
performance, Kenya 1’s game rapidly degenerated into a 2-5 loss, with Liberia’s “Lone Stars”
winning the third match. It was not clear from the Kenya 1 camp as to what led to such a
speedy thrashing. At the end of the match, Kenya 1 was proverbially ‘saved by the bell,’ when
final whistle blew, bringing a break to the rain of shots past the rather short but persevering
Left:Liberians staring at the ball behind the net after a Kenya I attack.Right;Kenya I goaleee well beaten.
In the first semi finals, Tanzania and Ghana ended in a goalless draw. The game was pretty
much physical, with the tenacious East Africans proving an equal match to the George Weah
Boyz. Tanzania fans were left panting with expectation, when a last minute shot from their team
narrowly missed the Liberian goalmouth. The West Africans, however, advanced to the final
after winning the resulting nerve wracking penalty shoot out with 5-4.
Left, Ghanian midfielders drawing curves around the Tanzanian.Right;A Ghanian striker powers a
A Tanzanian dusty counter attack
The second semi final sent Kenya 2 to another loss against Liberia, 2-1. The Liberians had
the last laugh, given their previous ripping apart of Kenya 1. Although the Kenyans put up a
spirited fight, their energies were destroyed, when the referee completely failed to award them
2 penalty kicks, following the Liberian two-time in-box handling of the ball. The Kenyans
ended up fulfilling the common saying that a miss is as good as a loss.
Left,Ghanian goalkeeper scrambles to make a spectacular save while a manacing Kenyan striker waits for a tiny
error so he can cash in. Right,the late goal by the Liberians that sank Kenya II.
Liberia qualified for the final match of the tournament against fellow West Africans, Ghana.
Both of them started off fast and furiously physical, probably motivated by the urgency to score
a winning goal, before New England’s notoriously early descent of darkness in Fall season.
Slightly shy of the end of first half, a Liberian player locked in a tight struggle got seriously hurt.
Before the first Aid team could finish with their procedures on him, darkness fell across the pitch.
The scoreless game was postponed to the end of October. Tournament officials are yet to name
the actual date and time.
Fast, furious and physical,is what summed up the final match between Ghana and Liberia that is to be
replyed at a later date.
Right, Faith holding her daughter Neema , had quality day out with her husband John who plays for Kenya I
Right, Prince Woods holding the winners' trophies while being mobbed by female fans.
The event organizer, prince woods from Liberia, who lives in worcester, thanked everyone for
attending the event which helped further the cause of World Girls Soccer Association.He urged
more such social activities that bring Africans living in America together inorder to have fun and
still promote causes of the Africans back in the motherland.
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