Following their 3-1 loss in the first leg in Brazzaville on Tuesday, October 11, the national football team, Lone Star, will face Congo Brazzaville today in the return leg of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
Today’s match is both teams’ fourth in Group G as the Lone Star are still in search for their first win, while the Congolese will be hoping to increase their points tally after collecting four points out of three games.
Ahead of the game, head coach, Thomas Kojo has released his starting lineup, making four changes in his previous starting squad.
National under-20 team goalkeeper, Ashley Williams has given the chance to make his senior team debut in a competitive match, replacing Spanish-born goalkeeper, Boison Wynney between the goalposts.
After a poor defensive work in Brazzaville, Kemoh Kamara and Adolphus Marshall will start from the substitute bench after they were replaced by Alvin Macronnel and Aloysius Simujla respectively.
However, there is still space for midfielders Murphy Dorley and Allen Njie who outperformed for the team in the first leg. Former national team captain Anthony Snoti Laffor has also been included in the starting lineup after he was left on the bench in Congo. He will play upfront along with Kpah Sherman, William Jebor, and Sam Johnson in a 4-4-2 formation.
It will be another moment to show whether the Lone Star are in the race to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals or to just complete the remaining games as participants.
In the first leg, Congo’s Merveil Ndockyt fired home a right foot strike from close range in 15 minutes to send the home side for the break with a one-goal lead, before the Lone Star leveled things up two minutes into the second half through Norwegian-based Sam Johnson.
However, the Congolese fought back by working in every department to ensure they got back on top and ultimately got the needed result after Prince Ibara and Prince Oniangue similarly headed in crosses from the right side to change the scoreline to 3-1 in favor of the Congolese.
After conceding such a defeat away, Coach Kojo and his boys now have a huge assignment to put smiles on the faces of Liberians that are hungry for victory.
Earlier yesterday during his post-match press conference, Kojo expressed optimism about his team in today’s match and called on Liberians to remain positive and wish the team victory as he will be going for a win.