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Liberia Gets Biggest Win Ever in Djibouti Mauling

 


By Wleh Bedell

It was expected. Djibouti are the unsung underdogs, easy to beat and are quite a light weight side.

The Lone Star of Liberia recorded their biggest win ever when they trounced the easiest of opponents, Djibouti 5-0 in a match day four qualifier of the Gabon 2017 Nations Cup finals.

Any serious or determined club in Liberia would have even beaten the visitors who are an aging side, have an erratic goalkeeper, porous defense, uncoordinated midfield and sterile front line. To make matter worse, the East African minnows seemed to lack the ambition, passion and desire to make any meaningful impact in the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) walloping. A goal each from Anthony Laffor and Sam Johnson in the first period was followed by an easy hat trick from William Jebor in the second half as the ATS went in frenzy.

An eighth minute penalty from Anthony Laffor opened the flood gate. Though Jebor was upended outside the box where the initial contact was made, the Spain based finisher carried his marker in the box before falling as the referee from Cape Verde sounded for a penalty and Laffor calmly finished as he completed back to back goals against lowly rated Djibouti.

Sam Johnson was given a gift by the goalkeeper after he made a howler of the player's relatively weak effort as the teams went for recess.

In the second half, it was an all Jebor affair as he netted a hat trick, his second for country, making him the best Liberian striker statistically and the top scorer in this current generation with seven goals. They were relatively easy goals though, no disrespect. The first was an over the top ball from goal keeper Tommy Sango that saw the ball beat the lethargic center backs for Jebor to tap in after 72 seconds. For his second goal, a pass intended for the opposing goalie went in the path of the former Oilers and LISCR man who slotted it in and the final goal was a copy book one as it was packaged in three countries and delivered at the ATS. It all began when the debutant from Norway Dawuda Bortu, teed up the United States based Sekou Konneh who completed the pass to Jebor from Spain that was easily finished to add more gloss to the scoreline.

Before this win, the Lone Star biggest win was the 5-1 trashing of Congo Brazzaville's Red Devils on January 14, 2001 in a Mali 2002 African cup qualifier.

In their traditional 4-4-2 formation, the Lone Star defense that comprised Solomon Grimes, local lad Hilton Varney, Omega Roberts Alamadine and Teah Dennis, did not have mush work to do against a lethargic Djibouti side that were just happy to be there as defeat means nothing to them. The full backs of Grimes and Varney were not really impactful especially in terms of moving forward as they rarely provided crosses. Also, the centerback pairing of Dennis and Alamadine looked poor as they both have similar qualities, not the rugged or physical style footballers, but more about technique and picking up the crumbs, lose balls and starting from the back. At times, they crossed into each other path and Omega in particular was or did nothing special as he failed to rage forward on most occasion with the ball at his feet.

The veteran Alseny Keita operated inn the holding role position as his simple passing, neat build up play was a handful to the opposition. But, in fairness, against a weak side like Djibouti, the Lone Star needed a deep lying playmaker order than a holding midfielder as the visitors were mostly lesss threatening. With a deep lying playmaker, the team would have being more adventurous, pull more bodies infront and created more options when on the front foot. Theo Weeks Lewis who played the central attacking midfield role, was deeply involved in showboating surprisingly to the delight of the crowd. He made less defense splitting passes and his skills and flair on display were pleasing though, but was not mostly progressive. Nonetheless, he had a fine game. Anthony Laffor and Dioh Williams operated on the flanks. Laffor was a bit too individualistic as he often went alone and failed to release lurking playmates. Dioh complete more dribbles than anyone on the park as his skills and trickery made him a difficult proposition for the easy to beat side. He ran out of steam though and should have even being substituted after 72 minutes, but only the Heavens know why Debbah allowed him to end the match. In fact, he was to be belatedly substituted in the 86 minutes before a less adventurous Grimes was injured and had to be replaced by Duada Bortu.

The front two of William Jebor and Sam Johnson though netted four goals, proved not to be a good pair tactically, but it was not really seen by many. Against the likes of Togo, such will be visible. They both played ontop each other and Sam Johnson in particular was too pugnacious, wanted all balls as he quarreled with teammates openly when they gave a pass to someone order than him in the goal area. As for Jebor, he could have scored a double hat trick but missed clear chances and still lack lateral mobility. He is more of the target man went in the box and a bit deep at times, but often abandon to move to lateral areas or wide in creating a diversion or decoy for advancing midfielders mostly.

Substitute Kpah Sherman who went on for an injured Laffor was a disappointment and Konneh who replaced Johnson created few anxious moments as he provided the assists for the fifth goal. He however conceded possession quite often.

The young lad Bortu who was introduced in the four minutes of added time, made just two touches and his first effort resulted in a foul. He was keen to impress, closed down opponents and was moving over the park. Its 180 minutes to goal against the double T of Togo and Tunisia with the Lone Star now on top with nine points from four matches followed by Tunisia with seven and are levelled with Togo on points but are second on the head to head rule.
Player ratings to follow.

Published in Lonestar News
Monday, 21 March 2016 19:49

Debbah slams Local League

Debbah slams Local League
-Says it’s by far substandard

By Boy Dolo


The Lone Star Head Coach says the Liberia Football Association (LFA) National League is by far substandard for the selection of players for senior National Team engagements.

James Debbah has told a news conference in Monrovia that he can’t leave out players plying their trade in Europe and other part of the World for those playing in the LFA National League.

There has been huge criticism in the local media over Debbah’s selection of 19-foreign based players with some pundits calling for reduction of the foreign contingent.

There has also been quarrel over Debbah six locals, especially Alvin Marccornel who has not been regular for BYC for the crucial back to back 2017 Africa Cup of Nation Clash against Djibouti, but the former PSG striker has justified that the local league is below standard.

Debbah also justified that defender Marconnel was better that LFA 2015-2016 topflight League best defender Richard Lloyd of Watanga FC.

“I have been reading in the papers about the best local players that I left out,Abraham Barshall, Mark Paye, and why I selected Alvin Maccornel over the likes of Richard Lloyd. Do you want me to drop Dioh Williams or William Jebor for Mark Paye, absolutely no, these guys are playing in top leagues.

“Our League is by substandard; our teams are not progressing in the preliminary of CAF competition. On the Maccornel issue, he is better than Richard Lloyd, though is the local League best defender with due respect,” the former Mighty Barrole hero told a news conference in Monrovia Saturday before he departed Monrovia with his local contingent Djibouti.

Debbah has confirmed Tonia Tisdell and Dioh Williams are part of the squad expected to face Djibouti this Thursday, clearing doubt over the duos status.

It has been in the news that Tisdell was facing a passport problem and that he could not be available for the back to back clash, while Dioh Williams was thought to have been involve with some internal problem in Sweden.

But speaking Saturday before the team departure from Monrovia, Debbah said all is now well with the players. “Tonia is ready and set for the match, he will join us in Djibouti. The passport issue has been solved. For Dioh it was a manor problem and it has also been solved both players will be on hand away and in Monrovia.

Meanwhile reports say nine of the 19- players invited arrived in Djibouti on Sunday, while the rest were duein late last night.

Players in Djibouti are Theo Lewis Weeks of ERMIS (Cyprus), Solomon Grimes of NEA SALAMINA FAMAGUSTA FC (Cyprus), Omega Roberts of FK DONJI SREM (Serbia) and Gizzie Dorbor of HAPOEL AFULA(Israel).

Others are Kpah Sherman of SANTOS (South Africa), Zah Krangar of FELDA UNITED FC (Malaysia), Patrick Wleh of SELANGOR (Malaysia), Teah Dennis of AL AHLI (Jordan) and Marcus MaCcaulley of AL AHLI(Jordan).

The local delegation headed by LFA 2nd Vice President Cassell Kuoh and Coach James Salinsa Debbah along with Technical Director Henry Brown arrived in Djibouti early Monday morning.

Debbah included only six local players for the must win double-header against Djibouti, whose outcome will largely boost their chances of qualifying for the continental showpiece event.

Liberia will battle Djibouti on Thursday, 24 March 2016 before hosting the return five days later in Monrovia.

Liberia has three points from their previous two games, three shy of leaders Togo and victories against pointless Djibouti will serve a huge boost to their chances of qualification.

The Lone Star has failed to qualify for the AFCON since 2002. The Lone Stars made their debut appearance was in 1996 in South Africa.
Full squad
Goalkeepers: Tommy Songo (LISCR, Liberia), Samson Giddings (FC Fassell, Liberia), James Gally (Watanga FC, Liberia)
Defenders: Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LPRC Oilers, Liberia), Gizzie Dorbor (HapoelAfula, Israel), Hilton Varney (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia), Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan), DirkirGlay (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem, Serbia), Alvin Macconough (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia)
Midfielders: Alseny Keita (Jeanne d’Arc de Drancy, France), Dulee Johnson (Molde FK, Norway), Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Theo Weeks (Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus), Dioh Williams (Gefle IF, Sweden), Zah Kranga (FELDA United, Malaysia), Tonia Tisdell (Karabukspor, Turkey), Kpah Sherman (Santos, South Africa),
Melvin George (Hantharwady United FC, Myanmar), Marcus Macauley (Al Ahli, Jordan)
Forwards: William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain), Sam Johnson (Djurgardens, Sweden),
Patrick Wleh (Selangor FA, Malaysia), Sekou Conneh (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA)

 
 
Published in Lonestar News
Monday, 21 March 2016 19:49

Debbah slams Local League

Debbah slams Local League
-Says it’s by far substandard

By Boy Dolo


The Lone Star Head Coach says the Liberia Football Association (LFA) National League is by far substandard for the selection of players for senior National Team engagements.

James Debbah has told a news conference in Monrovia that he can’t leave out players plying their trade in Europe and other part of the World for those playing in the LFA National League.

There has been huge criticism in the local media over Debbah’s selection of 19-foreign based players with some pundits calling for reduction of the foreign contingent.

There has also been quarrel over Debbah six locals, especially Alvin Marccornel who has not been regular for BYC for the crucial back to back 2017 Africa Cup of Nation Clash against Djibouti, but the former PSG striker has justified that the local league is below standard.

Debbah also justified that defender Marconnel was better that LFA 2015-2016 topflight League best defender Richard Lloyd of Watanga FC.

“I have been reading in the papers about the best local players that I left out,Abraham Barshall, Mark Paye, and why I selected Alvin Maccornel over the likes of Richard Lloyd. Do you want me to drop Dioh Williams or William Jebor for Mark Paye, absolutely no, these guys are playing in top leagues.

“Our League is by substandard; our teams are not progressing in the preliminary of CAF competition. On the Maccornel issue, he is better than Richard Lloyd, though is the local League best defender with due respect,” the former Mighty Barrole hero told a news conference in Monrovia Saturday before he departed Monrovia with his local contingent Djibouti.

Debbah has confirmed Tonia Tisdell and Dioh Williams are part of the squad expected to face Djibouti this Thursday, clearing doubt over the duos status.

It has been in the news that Tisdell was facing a passport problem and that he could not be available for the back to back clash, while Dioh Williams was thought to have been involve with some internal problem in Sweden.

But speaking Saturday before the team departure from Monrovia, Debbah said all is now well with the players. “Tonia is ready and set for the match, he will join us in Djibouti. The passport issue has been solved. For Dioh it was a manor problem and it has also been solved both players will be on hand away and in Monrovia.

Meanwhile reports say nine of the 19- players invited arrived in Djibouti on Sunday, while the rest were duein late last night.

Players in Djibouti are Theo Lewis Weeks of ERMIS (Cyprus), Solomon Grimes of NEA SALAMINA FAMAGUSTA FC (Cyprus), Omega Roberts of FK DONJI SREM (Serbia) and Gizzie Dorbor of HAPOEL AFULA(Israel).

Others are Kpah Sherman of SANTOS (South Africa), Zah Krangar of FELDA UNITED FC (Malaysia), Patrick Wleh of SELANGOR (Malaysia), Teah Dennis of AL AHLI (Jordan) and Marcus MaCcaulley of AL AHLI(Jordan).

The local delegation headed by LFA 2nd Vice President Cassell Kuoh and Coach James Salinsa Debbah along with Technical Director Henry Brown arrived in Djibouti early Monday morning.

Debbah included only six local players for the must win double-header against Djibouti, whose outcome will largely boost their chances of qualifying for the continental showpiece event.

Liberia will battle Djibouti on Thursday, 24 March 2016 before hosting the return five days later in Monrovia.

Liberia has three points from their previous two games, three shy of leaders Togo and victories against pointless Djibouti will serve a huge boost to their chances of qualification.

The Lone Star has failed to qualify for the AFCON since 2002. The Lone Stars made their debut appearance was in 1996 in South Africa.
Full squad
Goalkeepers: Tommy Songo (LISCR, Liberia), Samson Giddings (FC Fassell, Liberia), James Gally (Watanga FC, Liberia)
Defenders: Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LPRC Oilers, Liberia), Gizzie Dorbor (HapoelAfula, Israel), Hilton Varney (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia), Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan), DirkirGlay (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem, Serbia), Alvin Macconough (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia)
Midfielders: Alseny Keita (Jeanne d’Arc de Drancy, France), Dulee Johnson (Molde FK, Norway), Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Theo Weeks (Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus), Dioh Williams (Gefle IF, Sweden), Zah Kranga (FELDA United, Malaysia), Tonia Tisdell (Karabukspor, Turkey), Kpah Sherman (Santos, South Africa),
Melvin George (Hantharwady United FC, Myanmar), Marcus Macauley (Al Ahli, Jordan)
Forwards: William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain), Sam Johnson (Djurgardens, Sweden),
Patrick Wleh (Selangor FA, Malaysia), Sekou Conneh (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA)

 
 
Published in Lonestar News

UEFA General Secretary Arrives in Liberia to Discuss Football Development

LFA Press

MONDAY, March 21, 2016: The General Secretary of Europe’s Football Governing body (UEFA) Theodore Theodoridis arrives in Liberia this Tuesday with a two member high powered delegation.

The UEFA delegation will be in Liberia from March 22 to 23, 2016 to discuss UEFA’s cooperation with the Liberia Football Association.

 

The delegation that will be headed by General Secretary Theodoridis will include Urs Kluser Integrity Officer, Legal Affairs/Disciplinary Services.

 

A release from the LFA said the two man UEFA delegation will discuss future cooperation with the Liberian FA in all aspect of football development.

 

The delegation will visit the LFA Technical Center under construction in Careysburg, the future home of the LFA in Congo Town, the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and pay a courtesy visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

 

The UEFA General Secretary and delegation will then join LFA President Musa Hassan Bility and LFA Executives for a discussion before addressing the local football media.

 

 

The coming of the UEFA delegation to Liberia followed discussions held between LFA President Musa Bility and newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino on the margins of Feburary’s FIFA Congress in Zurich.

 

The LFA President reportedly played an influential role in deciding the outcome of the FIFA presidential pools.

 

LFA President Musa Bility is excited about the upcoming visit and said it will help Liberia reach a higher mark in its football development program.

Published in LFA League

Nine Foreign-Based Players Arrive in Djibouti; others Expected to Arrive Tuesday Morning

Players invited for the National Team, the Lone Star, crunch back-to-back African Cup of Nations qualifiers have begun arriving in Djibouti ahead of the match this Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Reports from the team’s camp say nine of the 19 players invited arrived in Djibouti on Sunday.

Players in Djibouti are Theo Lewis Weeks of ERMIS (Cyprus), Solomon Grimes of NEA SALAMINA FAMAGUSTA FC (Cyprus), Omega Roberts of FK DONJI SREM (Serbia) and Gizzie Dorbor of HAPOEL AFULA(Israel).

Others are Kpah Sherman of SANTOS (South Africa), Zah Krangar of FELDA UNITED FC (Malaysia), Patrick Wleh of SELANGOR (Malaysia), Teah Dennis of AL AHLI (Jordan) and Marcus MaCcaulley of AL AHLI(Jordan).

News from the camp say the rest of the players are due in on late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning.

The local delegation headed by LFA 2nd Vice President Cassell Kuoh and Coach James Salinsa Debbah along with Technical Director Henry Brown arrived in Djibouti early Monday morning. Six local players made up the delegation.

Liberia need both wins against Djibouti to strengthen their chance of qualifying for the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon. Liberia are on 3 points in Group A along with Tunisia while Togo lead the group with 6 points.

Published in Lonestar News
 

A-38 Man Lone Star Delegation Off To Djibouti

 

By Roland Mulbah


The National team of Liberia, Lone Star is currently in Djibouti to honor a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against that country.

The 38-man delegation is headed by Liberia Football Association (LFA) Vice President for Operations, Mr. Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr.

Other top-rated personalities on the Lone Star delegation include Liberia’s new Minister of Youth and Sports, Saah Charles N’Tow and Grand Gedeh County Representative, Zoe Emmanuel Pennue.

The red, white and blue outfit is expected to play the first leg this Thursday in Djibouti City, Djibouti; while the return leg will he played on the 29th of March, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

Lone Star must win both games to secure nine points in the competition after already clinching three points last year with a crucial win against Tunisia in Monrovia.

Collecting six points against Djibouti is a clear signal that Coach James Salinsa Debbah’s guided side is ready to book a place in the 16 teams’ Africa Cup of Nations for the third time.

While Lone Star will be battling Djibouti in a home-away fixture, Tunisia and Togo will be battling each other.

Togo is at the top of Group A with six points, while Liberia sits second ahead of Tunisia due to head to head.

Below are the 25 players called For Djibouti Clash 
1) Tommy Songo, LISCR FC, Liberia 
2) Sampson Giddings, FC Fassell, Liberia
3) Gallay James, Ma Watta Watanga, Liberia
4) Trokon Zeon, LPRC Oilers, Liberia
5) Hilton Varney, BYC, Liberia
6) Alvin Macconough, BYC, Liberia
7) Gizzie Dorbor, Hapoel Afula F.C, Israel
8) Teah Tennis, Al Ahli, Jordan 
9) Michael Macaulley, Al Ahli, Jordan 
10) Dirkir Glay, Indonesia 
11) Anthony Laffor, Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa 
12) Kpah Sherman, Santos, South Africa 
13) Omega Roberts Alamadine, FK Donji Srem, Serbia
14) Zah Krangar, Felda United, Malaysia 
15) Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, Selangor FA, Malaysia 
16) Alseny Keita, US Sénart-Moissy, France 
17) Dioh Williams, Gefle IF, Sweden 
18) Sam Johnson, Djurgårdens IF, Sweden
19) Dulee Johnson, Molde FK, Norway 
20) Tonia Tisdell, Karabükspor, Turkey 
21) Theo Weeks, Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus
22) Solomon Grimes, Nea Salamis, Cyprus 
23) William Jebor, SD Ponferradina, Spain 
24) Sekou Conneh, Bethlehem Steel, USA
25) Melvin George, Myanmar

 
Published in Lonestar News

CAF Confederations Cup qualifiers 2nd Leg

A courageous BYC-II of Liberia defeated Kwakab Marrakech of Morocco 2-0 at the ATS in Central Monrovia but got crushed out 3-2 on aggregate, with the Moroccan side advancing to the next round of qualifications, after winning the first leg 3-0.

 

More info Detalies to Follow

Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 22:05

Missing BYC II players resurface.

Missing BYC II players resurface

 

 

 

 

 

By Christopher C Walker‎

 

The Two players of Barrack Young Controllers II that were reported missing in Morocco hours to the team departure from Morocco reappear at Mohammed V international Airport to the disbelieve of the Club officials .

Cyrus Harmon and Dennis Wesseh who travel with the " Go Blue Boys " for their CAF CUP match with Kawkab Athletic Club Marrakech could not be seen early Monday morning after the team's security went out to do their normal checkup . The situation which was reported to the team's officials ,was later reported to the Moroccan police for further investigation.

Both Dennis and Cyrus who were roommates left the hotel at midnight with their personal materials leaving all of the team's materials in their room .

Police investigation shows that a fifteen year old Liberian only known as Sammie encourage Cyrus and Dennis to escape to an unknown destination.

Later another Liberian in Marrakech called Scott Filimoore was identified as the mean person who promise to take the players to Spain to continue their career.

When the club got to know about the involvement of Filimoore they made lots of calls to him about the disappearance of the kids but he denied that the kids were with him and later requested three hundred plus United States Dollars from BYCII to find the two players something the club was welling to do.

Hours before the team's departure Scott called the President of BYC Sekou Konneh and inform him that the two players were on their way to the airport to depart for Liberia with their teammates.

Speaking to Sky News at the airport in Morocco Cyrus Harmon and Dennis Wesseh said they went to a Nightclub and lost their way back to the team's hotel.

"We want to appeal to the club to forgive us because it was not intentional" said both players.

They explained that a friend took them to see the city and they over stay.

Noting that by the time they realize that it was late they couldn't go back to the hotel.

Dennis noted that their friend later encourage them to go to Casablanca where they were still day.

Meanwhile BYC President Sekou Konneh says the players action was ugly and unfortunate.

He noted that the Club will take serious action against both players in other to stop such situation from other players who may have similar intention.

At the same time report from Morocco says ten persons have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of the players in Morocco.

Details to follow soon.

Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 20:48

Mulbah Retains SWAL Presidency

 

Mulbah Retains SWAL Presidency

Inquirer’s Sports Editor and LiberianSoccer.com Sr Reporter, Roland M. Mulbah has retained the presidency of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL).

Mr. Mulbah, who is the incumbent president of the association, won unopposed Wednesday, March 16, 2016 collecting 26 votes out of the 56 registered members.

Moses K. Garzaewu also retained his position as Vice President collecting 26 votes, while Kolubah B.K. Zayzay did same for the position of Secretary General with 26 votes.

Julius N. Konton, who previously contested SWAL election in 2014 and lost to Kolubah for the position of secretary General, won as Financial Secretary with 26 votes, while Success Abu Minor won the position of Chaplain collecting 25 votes.

The election was conducted under a free, fair and transparent atmosphere with several observers including the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).

According to the new SWAL constitution, the newly elected leadership will serve for three years instead of the previously two years.

In an interview shortly after the election, president Mulbah said he hopes to continue with his platform in taking SWAL to another level.

The President said vibrant leadership, members’ welfare, sound advocacy, equal opportunity, capacity building and accountability will be the order of the day.

He was also quick to note that he will bring about reconciliation since in fact election brings about high feelings.

“After another election, I first want to thank all registered members of the association for adhering to their constitutional responsibility in exercising their franchise where we have been ushered in to serve for a three year period.

After such historic exercise, the need to be more focused, committed and united must be stressed as there were no losers but all winners in these elections and there are as well no opponents or enemies, but all one people united in achieving one common objective in taking SWAL to another level,” Mulbah noted.

 
Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:37

Liberia Cannot Fail To Win Against Djibouti

 

Liberia Cannot Fail To Win Against Djibouti

By: Omari Jackson

It was the result of the return leg World Cup match against the Black Stars of Ghana on July 1, 2001 that changed the face of Liberian football.

The Lone Stars had matched to Ghana and before thousands of homes fans won 3-1 on Jan. 28, 2001.

The return-leg in Monrovia was supposed to have been a piece of cake, for it was evident that the Black Stars did not even believe that there was any method in the world of soccer that would change their fortunes.

At the time, George Weah served as the team’s technical director as well as a player.

Then what happened? There were parties and though a wedding was coming up, complacency had set in and beating Ghana of all countries at home was enough to give our players a hope for victory, even before the return-leg was played.

The celebration began before the two-leg winner could be announced.

And the end of that frustrating encounter is history now. Unfortunately, out of Liberians’ frustration, an unfounded allegation reared its head that director Weah apparently sold the game.

A similar situation faces the national team as the Lone Star travels to Djibouti City for the first leg of what could determine their fate in the 2017 African Cup of Nations on March 24 and the return leg in Monrovia five days later.

Lone Star has three points from their previous two games, losing to Togo and defeating Tunisia at home, and winning against Djibouti will increase the team’s chance of qualifying for the continental celebration.

What gives the national team a great deal of confidence is the fact that Djibouti has lost their previous two games to Tunisia and Togo.

Winning the two leg encounters against Djibouti could be the final decider since the team would have Togo to contend with before the final match against Tunisia in Tunis.

The two-leg encounters could be Lone Star’s finest hours, and they dare not fail.

Lone Star: Goalkeepers: Tommy Songo (LISCR, Liberia), Samson Giddings (FC Fassell, Liberia), James Gally (Watanga FC, Liberia)

Defenders: Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LPRC Oilers, Liberia), Gizzie Dorbor (HapoelAfula, Israel), Hilton Varney (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia), Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan), Dirkir Glay (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem, Serbia), Alvin Macconough (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia)

Midfielders: Alseny Keita (Jeanne d’Arc de Drancy, France), Dulee Johnson (Molde FK, Norway), Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Theo Weeks (Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus), Dioh Williams (Gefle IF, Sweden), Zah Kranga (FELDA United, Malaysia), Tonia Tisdell (Karabukspor, Turkey), Kpah Sherman (Santos, South Africa), Melvin George (Hantharwady United FC, Myanmar), Marcus Macauley (Al Ahli, Jordan)

Forwards: William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain), Sam Johnson (Djurgardens, Sweden), Patrick Wleh (Selangor FA, Malaysia), Sekou Conneh (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA)

 
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