Debbah Assembles the Lone Stars for Liberia /Tunisia Crucial Nations Cup Qualifier

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

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

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.

Lone Star Invites King for Tunisia Encounter

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.

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

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.

Lone Star Ready for International Friendly -AS CAF APPROVES MOROCCO/LIBERIA GAME

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.