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Liberian Refugees Run Guinea Close 23/06/03
Guinea consolidated their position at the top of their African Nations qualifying group after beating Liberia 2-1 on Sunday, but the visitors' national team consisted of only four first choice professional players - Prince Daye, Alvin Kigh, George Gebro and Frank Seator.

The rest of the team were stranded in the Liberian capital of Monrovia due to the fighting in the city between forces loyal to President Charles Taylor and rebels demanding his resignation.

George Weah, the former AC Milan striker and World Player of the Year, attempted to help out by giving financial backing to the squad, but his efforts were thwarted when the plane he had hired was unable to obtain landing rights.

Liberia were forced to turn to a local refugee camp in Budumburan in order to recruit the players needed in order to make up the rest of the team.

Things didn't look good for them when they conceded a goal in the 11th minute, but they fought back and earned an equaliser through Prince Daye.

Liberia in fact had several chances to take the lead after that, but they were let down by inexperience. Guinea then managed to save themselves from embarrassment when Souleymane Youla completed his brace in the 50th minute to give his team the victory.

The result leaves Guinea on nine points, while Liberia and Ethiopia both have six.

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