Coach Thomas Kojo: Can Lone Star Overcome Zimbabwe on Nov. 16?

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Make no mistake, national team coach Thomas Kojo should be aware that the Zimbabwean national team and officials heard his team’s victory over Congo on October 16 and may be calculating their chances when they meet his boys on Nov. 16 at the SKD Complex.

Recall that Lone Star lost to Zimbabwe to an incredible score of 3-0. Since you were part of the team in Harare, the important question, what happened that Lone Star suffered such a loss? We need to make sure that what happened to Congo on October 16 also happened to Zimbabwe on Nov. 16.

The coincidence of the dates is interesting and therefore it provides the opportunity for Kojo to prepare the team for the crucial encounter against Zimbabwe. The point is Lone Star want to be in Cameroon next year for the African Cup of Nations. Though Lone Star began the campaign poorly, the victory against Congo means a lot to Kojo.

Being a smart coach, it is clear that Coach Kojo is working on his strategies for the match against Zimbabwe. He may do well to exploit the pattern used in the match against Congo.

Evidently, Coach Kojo will need all the support to ensure a great performance against Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean national team collected three points with a scoreline of 3-0, and they would be coming into the game with a lot of expectation with the hope that they would avoid the Congolese experience and hence Kojo will be extremely careful in his strategy for the game.

The fact is, winning the game could place Lone Star in a comfortable place of seeing the ‘promised land’ next year. It was great that Lone Star took advantage to make use of their set-pieces and that should be a focused priority during training.

Kojo should also remember that when players are fit, they are able to run in 90 minutes and beyond and therefore we cannot stress too much on that. It should a must during training. The players must also be congratulated for their success and they should look forward with enthusiasm for their next match against Zimbabwe.

Another interesting thing worth remembering is for the players to assist each other with inter-positional passes. I am talking about the one known many years ago as ‘from-me-to-you.” The objective is getting the ball into your opponents’ goal but to do that a lot of stamina and the creative ability of the strikers can do a lot of damage to an opponents’ defense.

It is hoped that the success on Oct. 16 has cleared the way to put the players in a proper frame of mind for their match on Nov. 16.

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  1. I don’t see liberia beating Zimbabwe. To be honest, I think liberia doesn’t have enough arsenal to deadbeat the current crop of warriors. My prediction Zimbabwe 2 liberia 1.

  2. You Zimbabweans are hilarious. Who do you have Musona and that short Billiat? Forget the scoreline in Harare. Debbah made a mistake by playing 80% home based players in Zimbabwe. The stakes will be very high on November 16th. Your team will be facing the likes of New Castle United Mo Sangare, Tonia Tisdell, Terence Tisdell, Theo Weeks, Joel Johnson, Sam Johnson and the current hottest striker on the African continent William Jebor. I won’t be surprised if president Weah went to Spain to request the services of Athletic Baboa front man Inaki Williams to destroy Zimbabwe. Liberia 3 Zimbabwe 0

      • Fifa statures on players:
        Article 8.1. explains that an individuals may “only once” request to change their national team association, subject to the following conditions:
        “a) He has not played a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition at “A” international level for his current association, and at the time of his first full or partial appearance in an international match in an official competition for his current association, he already had the nationality of the representative team for which he wishes to play.
        b) He is not permitted to play for his new association in any competition in which he has already played for his previous association.”.

        In short, that means a change cannot occur if a player has been capped at senior international level in a competitive international match, such as a World Cup qualifier. Senior friendlies, therefore, are not deemed sufficient to tie a player to an association.

        Inaki Williams has only played in three international friendlies for the Spain under 21 side. He is therefore qualified to switch to Liberia or any other country since he is yet to play for the Spain national team in a competitive match like European qualifier, EU competition or a world cup qualifier.

        Below are the only friendly games he played in for Spain.

        On 20 March 2015, Williams received his first international call-up, being named in Albert Celades’ Spain under-21 squad for friendlies with Norway and Belarus.[24] He made his debut on the 26th against the former, replacing goalscorer Munir El Haddadi at half-time of a 2–0 friendly win in Cartagena.[25]

        Williams was one of 11 stand-by players for Vicente del Bosque’s Spain squad at UEFA Euro 2016.[26] Around the same time, he was also coveted by the Ghanaian national team by their Spanish scout Gerard Nus.[27] He made his debut for the former on 29 May, replacing fellow debutant Marco Asensio at the hour mark of a 3–1 friendly defeat

    • @ Leo Tar. We don’t just have Musona and the diminutive Billiat (dynamite comes in small packages) , we have a team that plays as a unitary core, a team with a telepathic understanding among it’s aggregates. We don’t depend on individuals (as you seem to do) but we depend on the whole team because the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. You seem to be making the same fatal mistake that the liberian coach made almost a decade ago (claiming that Zimbabwe depends on Musona alone) before we hammered you 3-0 at home and drew 1-1 in Monrovia (liberia were awarded a controversial goal). We are not worried about your foreign based contingent , mind you DRC has a galaxy of European based stars who play more flamboyant soccer (hence their no 3 rank in Africa) but we humbled them 2-1 in their own backyard. We only have a handful of European based players but we don’t burden them with high expectations like you do because we believe in team work. Even though we are a point away from qualification, expect no favours from us, a foresee a liberian massacre in Monrovia

      • Dude. Your team failed to play as a unit when the stakes were high in the last Afcon. In fact, if I can record Zimbabwe did not get a single win in that Afcon much less advance to the second round. You guys are not Brazil, Argentina or Germany. You are on the same wavelength as the Lone Star. Just bunch of medicres playing bench football for second and third tiers European clubs. The good thing for the Lone Star is Monrovia is a fortress for them. Where the stakes are high as they are now, world class teams like Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Tunisia, Egypt , Algeria, Senegal South Africa came to Monrovia and felt prey to the Lone Star. The only reason why your team is a few points ahead and could possibly qualify at head of Liberia is due to the level of indifference and Incompetence displayed by our FA and couch Debbah when they failed to play a competitive friendly prior to the game in Harare and for playing 80÷ home based team on the road. That has now changed. Come November 16th, your guys will be facing a more robust and technically gifted team carefully put together by Africa’s only world player of the year George Weah. If Liberia fails to make it to Cameroon, it won’t be because they could not defeats Zimbabwe at home. Rather, it will be due to their failure to get a draw with DR Congo in Kinshasha. Trust me Zimbabwe is 3 points in the bag for Liberia.

  3. @ Leo Tar. We don’t just have Musona and the diminutive Billiat (dynamite comes in small packages) , we have a team that plays as a unitary core, a team with a telepathic understanding among it’s aggregates. We don’t depend on individuals (as you seem to do) but we depend on the whole team because the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. You seem to be making the same fatal mistake that the liberian coach made almost a decade ago (claiming that Zimbabwe depends on Musona alone) before we hammered you 3-0 at home and drew 1-1 in Monrovia (liberia were awarded a controversial goal). We are not worried about your foreign based contingent , mind you DRC has a galaxy of European based stars who play more flamboyant soccer (hence their no 3 rank in Africa) but we humbled them 2-1 in their own backyard. We only have a handful of European based players but we don’t burden them with high expectations like you do because we believe in team work. Even though we are a point away from qualification, expect no favours from us, a foresee a liberian massacre in Monrovia

  4. @ Leo Tar before you start barking first answer this question, has liberia ever beaten Zimbabwe ? Egypt has the highest no of Afcon trophies and they achieved that with locally based players only so what makes you think that your foreign based players are better than our players ? You also seem ignorant of our players since you claim that all our foreign based players play in European lower divisions, we have many players who play in European leagues ( Costa, Tino , Musona , Nakamba). We also have the second best African player based in Africa (Billiat), we have a perennial contender for the Chinese top goal scorer award (Nyasha Mushekwi), we have Philana in France and many others who can match your little known Lonely starlets. We know you had george Weah but he is the only one you’ve ever had. Zimbabwe also has the first African to play in the English premier league ( peter Ndlovu). That nimley a good player just that he is a little boy who plays selfish high school soccer, our defence can handle him without any effort laffor is an old war horse, we won’t lose sleep over him.

  5. If you regard South Africa as a big team then you don’t know southern African soccer, Zimbabwe is the undoubted giant of the south. We beat South Africa home and away , the South Africans know that

  6. The head to head Zimbabwe vs liberia this millennium played 3 games, Liberia lost two drew one
    Aggregate liberia conceded 7 only scored 1 (7-1) and you have the audacity to say zimbabwe is a bad team !!!

  7. The head to head Zimbabwe vs liberia this millennium: played 3 games, Liberia lost two drew one
    Aggregate liberia conceded 7 only scored 1 (7-1) and you have the audacity to say zimbabwe is a bad team !!!

  8. Am a Zimbabwean.I can see this game turning hot.All parties seem confidant for a positive result.The game means a lot to the Liberians and as for my country man it will mean cameroon has been reached.Musona and Billiat we are strongly behind you guys,i mean the whole team but strongly warn you to be very careful with the Weah Boys coz with fans on the terraces,they will apply to much pressure on you from the on set till the game ends. Please dont under estimate these guys in their territory.Remain focused on the game plan provided by Chidzambwa,play as a unite -attack together and diffend together,support the man on the ball and comunicate evrytime.Pray for a positive result that takes you to cameroon,dont belive in you self to much but put all the responsibility in the hands of god.I advice you to stay away from the media when you touch down @the airport, rather play music and focus on the match.A positive result is possible but be humble and focused.GO WARRIORS GO.

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