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Liberia can win group A with a 1 or more goals draw with Tunisia

 

The Final matches in Group A for the African Nations Cup 2017 in Gabon will be played this weekend with Liberia faceing Tunisia and Togo playing against Djibouti

As it stands right now, Liberia Leads the group with 10 points due to a better head to head record against second place Tunisia who are also are on 10 points. Togo is in the third position with 8 points.

Going by CAF 2017 rule 14.1 thru 14.7, Liberia can win group A with a 1 or more goals draw with Tunisia on Saturday September 3. CAF 2017 Rule as outlined below states:

14.1 Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams;

14.2 Best goal difference in the matches between the concerned teams;

14.3 Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the concerned teams;

14.4 Greater number of away goals scored in the direct matches between the concerned teams;

14.5 Goal difference in all the group matches;

14.6 Greatest number of goals scored in all the group matches;

14.7 A drawing of lots by the Organizing Committee of CAF.

 

Rule 14 states that in the event of a tie between two or more teams, then only the results between the concerned teams shall be considered. If Tunisia vs Liberia ends up in a 0 all draw, Togo will be the group leaders with Liberia in second place and a hope of qualification if other results go Liberia’s way. But in the event of a 1 or more goals draw between Liberia and Tunisia, Liberia wins the group. Togo is guaranteed 11 points since their results against point donors Djibouti on Saturday will be irrelevant. Thus, in the event of a draw between Tunisia and Liberia, then all the goals, points, and wins each of the three teams scored against Djibouti shall be null and voided and only the wins, points and goals between the three teams will be considered.

As it stands, Togo has 4 goals, one win and one draw against Liberia. They also have one draw, one lost and zero goals against Tunisia. This puts the Sparrow Hawks in first place with 5 points and four goals. Liberia is in second place with 4 points and 4 goals since the Lone Star was able to score 3 goals and one draw against Togo and 1 goal and one win against Tunisia. Tunisia like Liberia also has 4 points but the Cartridge Eagles has only managed one goal and one win against Togo and zero goals and zero wins against Liberia.

 

The Standing as of now assuming a draw between Tunisia and Liberia and a sure win for Togo against Djibouti:

 

If Tunisia vs Liberia ends in a 0 all draw all three teams will have 11 points but Togo will have better head to head records against Liberia who will also end on 4 GF and 4 GA while Tunisia will stay in the third position with 1 GF and 1 GA even though they have better head to head against Togo, the number of goals scored takes precedence over the head to head record. But in the event of a one all draw, Liberia will win the group with 5 goals and 11 points, Togo second with 4 goals and 11 points and Tunisia third with 2 goals and 5 points. All is not lost. Go Lone Star go.

 
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 17:58

Lonestar loses warmup match to Morocco U23

 

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Lonestar loses warmup match to Morocco U23

  

The Liberian National team lost the International friendly 4-2 against Morocco, as part of the build up to The Tunisia Match on Sunday.

Head Coach James Debbah did not have his full complement of starters in the game as he used the match to test formation, tactics and younger players.

Emle Damey and Dirkir Glay scored for Liberia

Morrocco led by  2-0 before Glay scored to end the first half 2-1...Morocco scored again in the second half to make it 3-1, the young lad from Australia Damey scored to reduce the score line to 3-2 but Morocco scored last minute via penalty to win 4-2

The Lineup Below.

Starting lineup for Liberia against Morocco today in Fes

Galley James 
Trokon Zeon
Hilton Varney
Omega Roberts
Teah Dennis
Saah Nyummah
Dauda Bortu
Seku Conneh
Oscar Dorley
Emle Damey
Mark Paye

Substitutes 
Tommy Sango
Dominic Tarpeh Doe
VAN Dave Harmon
Dirkir Glay
Solomon Grimes
Anthony Laffor
Gizzie Dorbor
Joel Johnson Alagarin

The team will practice again Tomorrow and Friday before leaving for Tunis to face Tunisia in the African Nations Cup Qualifier

 
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Bennett to again officiate crucial Liberia match

By Boy Dolo


The last time the South African officiated a match involving Liberia, the Lone Star were walloped 6-1 by Nigeria in a 2013 Nations Cup Qualifiers.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said South African referee Daniel Frazer Bennett will officiate the crucial 2017 Africa Cup Nation Match between hosts Tunisia and Liberia on September 4, 2016.

The former PSL Referee of the Season will be assisted by compatriots Zakhele Thusi Silwela and Mothibidi Stevens Kahumalo for the match which will take place at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet , Monastir, Tunisia.

Born in Dewsbury, England, Bennett is a schoolteacher at Mondeor Primary in Johannesburg. He has been an international referee since 2003.

Bennet officiated the second leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and Liberia in Calabar and the Lone Star were dumped 6-1 after drawing the first leg of the paring 2-2 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

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5 detained Lone Star delegation members pardoned

By Sylvester Worwee

 

 

Five members of Lone Star delegation detained for illegal entry into Morocco have been released, after the intervention of the Liberian Embassy in that country, a well-placed source in the Moroccan Capital, Rabat has confirmed.

Liberia Football Association president, Musa Bility has also confirmed the release of police officer Victor Boyah and four others who were stop at the airport by Moroccan authorities.

Mr. Bility informed sports journalist Danesius Marteh late Monday evening that five persons traveling with the national team of Liberia, including policeman Victor Boyah, had small problems at the airport.

The LFA boss said the word ‘detention’ is not the right choice of word because no member of the Lone Star delegation was detained as is being speculated.

He further disclosed that the matter has been resolved and that officer Boyah and others, whose identities were not disclosed have been cleared and have since rejoined the rest of the delegation in Rabat.

Earlier, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Henry Yonton refuted reports that his immediate boss, Minister Saah N’tow was also denied access to the Moroccan territory, but at the same time confirmed that some members of the Lone Star delegation had problem with their travel documents and were being held at the airport in Morocco.

He clarified that the Youth and Sports Minister, who is heading the delegation decided to stay with the delegation members who were refused entry by Moroccan authority, on the basis of humanity, as abandoning them would have worsen the situation.

According to him, the Liberian Embassy in Morocco was immediately contacted to intervene in the matter, while Minister N’tow remained with his fellow citizens at the airport, where it’s reported that they spent the night on Sunday.

It can be recalled a high power Lone Star delegation departed the country in the early hours of August 28 via the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, to hold a five-day training camp in Morocco.

Liberia is expected to play Morocco Under-23 side in a friendly on August 31 before flying to Tunisia to take on the Cartage Eagles in a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday, September 4.

The two countries are level at the top of Group A on 10 points, heading into the final group matches.

The other group members, Togo on eight points and ‘points donor’ Djibouti, with zero point meet at the Kegue Stadium in Lome on the same date.

Only the group winners and the two best second-placed finished are guarantee qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals, slated for the 14 January – 5 February 2017.

The referee for Tunisia versus Liberia decisive match is English-born South African football referee, Daniel Frazer Bennett.

He will be assisted by fellow countrymen Zakhele Thusi Siwela and Mothibidi Stevens Khumalo as Assistant Referee 1 & 2 respectively.

The venue is the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir, some 182 meters from the Tunisian Capital, Tunis.

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GrandPa Doe Turns Down LFA President call up for the Tunisia Match

 

By Staff Reporter

When Head Coach James Debbah made public his list of Internationals to face Tunisia in the crucial African Nations Cup qualifier, notably absent was the player that give Debbah his biggest win.

LFA President Musa Bility at a hastily convened news conference at the Blue House in Monrovia this morning  said “ goal machine Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe is part of the Lone Star squad for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia. Mr. Bility noted that Grandpa and other key players will not play the friendly with Morocco, but will fly straight to Tunisia “

Liberia is tied om 10 points with Tunisia in Group A but the Lone Stars top the group with a better head-to-head record after defeating Tunisia 1-0 in Monrovia last year, from the strike by Grandpa Doe.

Speaking to Liberiansoccer.com via phone from his base in Malaysia, the Present leading scorer and reigning golden boots winner in the Malaysian Premiere league, Francais Grandpa Doe confirmed the receipt of the ticket to Tunisia.

Grandpa said” The coach has his plans and his tactics. I do not want to cause any problems with the team spirt ahead of the important match”

He further said “The call up from the LFA president is Great and I always honor Liberia call to duty, but the coach is the one that makes the final decision on who plays.”

Me coming into the team will not be good for team unity and chemistry, Coach Debbah can choose to not even dress me for the match and I am sure he will not play me because I do not fit in his plans for this game.

After speaking to my family and teammates, I have decided not to cause any problems and will remain on base cheering Liberia to victory.

Liberia will be without the services of a prolific scorer and inform striker at this important juncture in our quest for African cup glory.

 
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Debbah Assembles the Lone Stars for Liberia /Tunisia Crucial Nations Cup Qualifier:
Jebor, Weeks, Laffor and Johnson Lead the line………………

 

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By LFA Press

The Head Coach of the Liberia National football team has released the listing of players that will feature in Liberia’s crucial Nation’s Cup decider against Tunisia on Saturday, September 3rd in Tunis.

Coach James Salinsa Debbah has invited over 20 foreign and local based players for the crunch match that will determine whether Liberia goes to Gabon 2017 Nations Cup Finals.

The listing has seen the recall of Serbian-based defender Omega Roberts Alamadine, Lithuanian-based Murphy Dorley, Dominic Tarpeh Doe who plays his club football in South Africa and young Van Dave Harmon who plays in Senegal.

William Jebor, Theo Weeks, Anthony Laffor, Teah Dennis and Dioh Williams are among the notable regulars recalled by Debbah for the match.

The team selected by Debbah will also line up against the Local Atlas Lions of Morocco in an international friendly on Wednesday, August 31 2016.

James Debbah told Liberia Football Today he's going to Tunisia to secure qualification. Debbah is happy the friendly match with Morocco will give him the opportunity to properly assess the players.

The National team head Coach is hopeful the players will implement the tactics and strategy in order for GABON 2017 be a reality.

Liberia are tied om 10 points with Tunisia in Group A but the Lone Stars top the group with a better head-to-head record after defeating Tunisia 1-0 in Monrovia last year.

Contradicting to Debbah’s list the LFA President Musa Bility says "Grandpa Doe Will Be Called Up for Tunisia Game In Tunis." According to The LFA Brief Press Conference This Morning At The LFA Head Office In Monrovia. Grandpa Doe Will Leave Malaysia for Tunisia. Grandpa Doe Is the Highest Goalscorer In The Malaysian Super League.

LFA President Musa Bility has just clarified that goal machine Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe is part of the Lone Star squad for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia. Mr. Bility noted that Grandpa and other key players will not play the friendly with Morocco, but will fly straight to Tunisia. Details coming soon

This will be an important development to see how it plays out between the Head Coach and the LFA president

See the list of players below:

Goalkeepers
GALLAY JAMES
GBAYEH TOMMY SONGO

Defenders
SOLOMON ISAAC GRIMES
ZEON TROKON
TEAH DENNIS
OMEGA ROBERTS ALAMADINE
GLAY DIRKIR
DORBOR GIZZIE
DOMINIC TARPEH DOE
HILTON VARNEY
JOEL JOHNSON

Midfielders
LEWIS THEO WEEKS
MURPHY DORLEY
NYUMAH SAAH B
ANTHONY SNOTI LAFFOR
VAN DAVE HARMON
DIOH CLARENCE WILLIAMS

Attackers
WILLIAM JEBOR
SAM GARYAHZON JOHNSON
CONNEH SEKU
EMILE DAMEY
DAUDA BORTU
EDWARD JUNIOR WILSON
MARK PAYE

 
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:38

Tunisia name squad to face Liberia

 

Tunisia name squad to face Liberia

Tunisia head coach Henri Kasperczak has released a list of 25 players ahead of the Carthage Eagles crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia.

The match takes place at the Mustapha Ben Jannet Stadium in Monastir at 6:30 PM on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Monastir is a city on the central coast of Tunisia, some 162 km from the capital, Tunis.

Coach Kasperczak’s 25-man listing comprises of 11 oversea players. Four of the Pole’s foreign-based plies their trade in France, with one coming from England, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Qatar and Egypt respectively.

Goalkeepers
Mathlouthi Aymen - Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Ben CHrifia Moez - Espérance (Tunisia)
Jeridi Rami - CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

Defenders
Abdenour Aymen - Valencia CF (Spain)
Yakoubi Med Ali - Çaykur Rizespor (Turkey)
Ben Youssef Syam - Caen (France)
Mohsni Bilel - Paris FC (France)
Maaloul Ali - Al Ahly (Egypt)
Boughattas Zied - Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Haddadi Oussema - Club Africain (Tunisia)
Mathlouthi Hamza - CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Naguez Hamdi - Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

Midfielders
Khazri Wahbi - Sunderland (England)
Larbi Med Wael - Gazélec Ajaccio (France)
Azouni Larry - Nîmes (France)
Jebali Issam - IF Elfsborg (Sweden)
Methneni Mohamed - El Jaish SC (Qatar)
Ben Amor Med Amine - Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Bguir Saad - Espérance (Tunisia)
Lahmar Hamza - Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
Sassi Ferjani – Espérance (Tunisia)

Fowards
Harbaoui Hamdi - Udinese (Italy)
Khalifa Sabeur - Al-Shahania (Qatar)
Akaichi Ahmed - Espérance (Tunisia)
Khenissi Taha Yassine - CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

 
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Lone Star Invites King for Tunisia Encounter

BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

Wassaman United number one goalkeeper, Melvin King,has been called-up to national duty by Lone Star’s technical department ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tunisia on September 3.

King has been named in Coach James Salinsa Debbah's expected list of invited players for Liberia’s return leg encounter against the North African nation in the AFCON qualifier.

The 31-year-old who received the invitation through his club, Wassaman United, on August 6, 2016 to stand between the woodwork for his first time under Lone Star’s new Coach, Debbah in Morroco.

The Wassaman United’s shot-stopper will stand between the sticks in Liberia’s international friendly against the Atlas Lions of Morocco at the at Stade Municipal de Kentra, Morocco on August 31, 2016.

The Wassaman goalkeeper says his confidence has been boosted by his maiden Lone Star call-up.

The Liberia’s international shot-stopper continues to enjoy his fine goal keeping form in the Ghana GN Bank Division one league with his side.

King helps Wassaman return to winning ways and moved the club from them 9th to the 4th position with 38 points on the GN Bank zone ‘B’ table after 11 matches played.

The called-up of King has put to record the fourth since he moved to Ghana.

The shot-stopper was called-up at first under Coach Debbah but served as second choice to former nation #1 goalkeeper, Nathanial Sherman against the Sparrow Halk of Togo in 2015.

Prior to that, King was called-up during the time of the Egyptian Coach in 2010-2011 and also in 2014 against Losotho in a home and away fixture.

Liberia is yet to qualify to the finals of the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations, but will need a win or draw away in North Africa should the Red, White and Blue outfit be represented in the competition.

The two countries are tied on 10 points in Group A but Liberia has an advantage in head-to-head count, while Togo and Djibouti are seated with eight and zero points, respectively.

Already, a total of 32 local bases plus three oversea players have intensified training sessions ahead of their away fixture to Tunisia September 3.

The senior national soccer team started preparations early last week ahead of its crunch encounter with the call-ups of five local-based goalkeepers.

Those that were called-up included: Tommy Songo, Emmanuel Deanneh, James Gally, Alpha Jalloh, and Sam Doegbee.

The build-up will see the technical team figure out potential players that will team-up with the foreign-based players who are expected to be invited for the showpiece.

 

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Real Madrid’s Hakimi and Milan prospect Mastour to style for Morocco home-based against Liberia

By Sylvester Worwee

 

Real Madrid youngster Achraf Hakimi and AC Milan attacking midfielder Hachim Mastour will feature for the Botola Pro in the friendly with Liberia.

Atlas Lions head coach, Hervé Renard recommended the two internationals to local national team coach Jamal Sellami for the friendly encounters with Liberia on August 31 and then Zambia on September 6.

The opportunity will allow the teenagers more playing time to accumulate international experience before joining the senior national team.

Hakimi, who has two caps with Morocco’s Under-18, was called up for the Atlas Lions two 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cape Verde.

The 17-year-old right-back was involved in the FIFA underage player investigation, which led to Real Madrid’s transfer ban. He was approached by Spain to play with their Under-19 set-up in November 2015.

Hakimi’s compatriot, Mastour is the youngest player ever to play for Morocco’s senior national team, at age 16 and 363 days.

He made his international debut with the Atlas Lions on June 12, 2015, in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya at the Stade Adrar in Agadir, coming on for Nordin Amrabat for the final two minutes of the match, which Morocco won 1–0.

Mastour was capped six times and scored once for Italy under-16s. He currently plays for Dutch club Zwolle, on loan from European giant AC Milan.

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Lone Star Ready for International Friendly

…As Caf Approves Morocco/Liberia Match

BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved the request from Morocco and Liberia for an international friendly.

CAF has informed the two countries that it has no objection on the playing of the match since it is being organized in conformity with FIFA Governing Regulations.

The CAF Communication was signed by Maryse Namour of the Competitions Department of the African football body.

A communication sent to the Secretary Generals of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football and the Liberia Football Association dated 21 August 2016 gave the go ahead to the two countries.

“We have received the application form for organization from Federation Royale Moroccan de Football as well as participation request form from Liberia to play friendly match with Morocco (A) versus Liberia (A) on match scheduled to be played at Stade Municipal de Kentra, Morocco on August 31, 2016.

Already, a total of 32 local bases plus three oversea players have intensified training sessions ahead of their away fixture to Tunisia September 3.

The senior national soccer team started preparations early last week ahead of its crunch encounter and those call-ups for the training sessions include: Tommy Songo, Emmanuel Deanneh, James Gally, Alpha Jalloh, and Sam Doegbee all goalkeepers. Others are: Kermu Kamara, Raymond Fransiah, Hilton Varney, Garleo Anderson, Richard Lloyd, Joseph Broh, Trokon Zeon and Solomon Grimes.

Sunnyboy Dolo, Titus Cooper, Chancy Freeman, John Sahe Lebbie, Mark Paye, Kesseley Kamara, Prince Saydee, Christopher Jackson, Van-Dave Harmon, Kpah Sharman, Julius Woto, Saah Nyumah, Malvin Blapoh and Fallah Sheriff are all on the list.

The build-up will see the technical team figure out potential players that will team-up with the foreign-based players who are expected to be invited for the showpiece.

Meanwhile, the local national team continues preparation for the Morocco friendly and the Tunisia match.

On Sunday after days of practice and tactical drills at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium the team traveled to Buchanan where to face the Grand Bassa County team but heavy rain fall disrupted the match.

The National Team (Lone Star) was in the lead by a 1-0 at the Doris Williams Stadium.

 
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