Liberia vs DR Congo Sunday

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Liberia is at the bottom of Group G after losing 3-0 away to Zimbabwe in June, 2017. (Image Courtesy: Anthony Kokoi)

This weekend will be another one of intruding football action that involves the national team, the Lone Star, as thousands of avid fans are expected to turn out at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville to cheer the national team to victory.

The Lone Star will be going against the ‘Leopards’ of DR Congo. The match is the second round of group stage matches in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Liberia and DR Congo are in Group G along with leaders Zimbabwe and Congo Brazzaville.

After a shocking 3-0 loss away to Zimbabwe last year June, Liberians expect nothing less than a victory that will put the national team in a better position ahead of the remaining group matches.

The Lone Star are seated at the bottom of the group while their opponents are in the second position level on points, behind group leaders Zimbabwe after Congo’s  3-1 win over neighbors Congo Brazzaville.

Conceding another defeat will worsen the frustration of Liberians as the Lone Star team strives to qualify to the Nations Cup since they last qualified in 2002.

Both teams are not strangers, but the current breed of players are strangers to each other as they were not on the national team of both countries when they last met.

According to stats, both teams have met four times with Liberia holding a record of two wins and a draw while DRC claimed one. The last meeting between both team was in the 1997 Nations Cup qualifiers when Liberia finished third in Group 6 after collecting two wins, two draws out of six games.

Two goals from former national team players Kelvin Sebwe and George Weah in the 20th and 50th minutes respectively were enough for Liberia to clinch a 2-1 victory over the Leopards at the SKD on June 22, 1997.

Judging from both teams’ recent performances in all competitions, the Leopards are the better side after winning two and drawing two of their last five in all competitions, while the Lone Star managed a win and a draw out of their last five.

Of course it will be a tough encounter as both teams will be going for nothing less than a win. Liberia’s local-based players displayed a high level of performance in their recent goalless draw against Sierra Leone and their 1-0 triumph over Mauritania in the African Nations Championship. Their recent performance, coupled with their pairing with foreign-based players including William Jebor, Anthony Laffor, Sam Johnson, and Kpan Sherman among others should give them the headway against the Congolese on Sunday.

After all is said and done the players should remember that this is their moment and therefore they cannot afford to miss it. Coach Thomas Kojo must be ready to offer the kind of direction from the sidelines to secure a place for his team.

Liberia Full Squad

Goalkeepers

  1. Tommy Songo – LISCR FC
  2. Boison Wynney – Mallorca (Spain)
  3. Ashley Williams – LISCR FC

Defenders

  1. Kemoh Kamara – LISCR FC
  2. Teah Dennis – Barrack young Controller ( BYC)
  3. Aloysius Simujla – LPRC Oliers
  4. Alvin Maccornel – LPRC Oliers
  5. Ebenezer Solo – LPRC Oliers
  6. Adolphus Marshall – Gudja Uited (Malta)
  7. Joel Johnson Alajarin – Charlotte independence (USA)
  8. Jeremy Saygbe – BYC FC

Midfielders

  1. Saah Nyumah – LISCR FC
  2. Allen Njie – LISCR FC
  3. Murphy Oscar Dorley – Slovan Liberec (Czech Republic)
  4. Sam Johnson – Valerenga (Norway)
  5. Tonia Tisdell – Denizilspor (Turkey)
  6. Anthony Laffor – Mamelodi Sundown (South Africa)
  7. Sylvannus Nimely – Sparta Moscow II (Russia)
  8. 19.Sheiku Sheriff – LISCR

Strikers

  1. Kpah Sherman – MISC – MIFA
  2. Sekou Conneh – Ansan Greener (South Korea)
  3. William Jebor – Wydad Casablanca (Morocco).

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Scaling through the group is not going to be an easy task to come by for the Liberians, but I really hope with strong commitment they can clinch that much needed 3 points from this match against DR Congo who’s is a more experienced side in my own opinion.

    • @Grant You are not far from the truth. I watched the Congolese during last year AFCON 2017 and I can tell you that those guys are good. They have some outstanding players who can really provoke the Liberians in all angles. But lets keep hope alive and see how it all pans out.

  2. I THINK THE LONE STAR COACH HAVE TO FOCUS SERIOUSLY ON THE DEFENSE, BECAUSE THE CONGOLESE SIDE HAVE A VERY STRONG AND EXPERIENCE PLAYERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY PLAYING IN EUROPE TOP LEAGUES, FOR EXAMPLE, THE CONGOLESE HAVE PLAYERS WHO ARE PLAYING IN THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE TOP LEAGUE IN THE WORLD. THEREFORE, LIBERIA LOCAL BASE PLAYERS HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THOSE CONGOLESE PLAYERS. THEY HAVE TO BE FOCUS AND DO AWAY WITH COMPLACENCY. THAT IS MY ADVICE TO THE LONE STAR COACH AND HIS PLAYERS.
    WITH GOD ABOVE VICTORY IS ENSURE, LONE STAR VICTORY ALL THE WAY. MY PREDICTION LONE STAR WILL WIN 1:0

  3. Big names are nothing in the game … the Danish just fielded a National Team comprised of a student, a salesman and an internet freestyler. When the whistle blows, and the match begins, I don’t think big names matter. These Liberian players will have the support of the home fans with them and this their moment to play their game and get the much needed result on the day.
    We have to be very tactical with the ball and be efficient and clinical in he final third as we can’t afford to let the Congolese to use their experience to punish us.
    I will be looking forward to see my childhood friend – Allen boss the mid-park if he has the chance to contribute something in the game. I have confident in this kid and I think the future should be build around him. Its nothing more than hard work, never give-up attitude and try to give your best every second of the game and never losing focus & concentration.
    Liberia have to turn the table around and this is the first chance. Lets make it happen …
    Who is bleeding #RedWhiteBlue with me?

  4. yah the last time i checked Liberia were just a modest team against Zimbabwe,they were walloped 3-0.I don’t see Liberia holding their own,DRC will be victorious.Good lucky though to the Liberians

  5. Guys I admit on paper DRC is better than Liberia. But the DRC team which is due to play Liberia on Sunday are a bunch of toothless Leopards. They are not the same team we saw in the last Afcon. No Bakamu, no Bolaisee, no Gail Katuka and so many of their stsrt XI are not going to feature in this natch due to injuries and a host of other issues. The buck of their players on Sunday come from TP Mazambi and AS Club Vitais both of which are local club. Besides that, Liberia holds the head to head advantage over DRC. We have played them 4 times, beaten them twice, draw with them once and lost once against them. So come this Sunday, Liberia will be the better side. My starting XI Boison, Marshall, Dennis, Joel, Langford, Musa Kebeh, Sherman, Jebor, Tisdell Johnson

  6. High expectations with limited resources!!!

    With limited resources, government ineptitude, poor training, poor athletic facilities, poor management skills, and inadequate administrative athletic staff, it is unrealistic to set high expectation of out current national team, “The Lone Star” to compete successfully on a high level of excellence in international competitions. If we do win, it is because of share luck, pride, and the tenacity of these hard working Liberian players.

    These difficult international competitions require more than quickly assembling together a mixture of domestic and foreign Liberian players to work their miracles on the field. We have seen this spectacle before: hurriedly putting together an ad hoc national team—assembling players (both local and international) for the purpose of forming a national team thus putting them under unnecessary stress due to unrealistic expectations to win matches at any cost.

    Unlike Liberia, other countries are heavily investing in their national athletic programs: in various sports (football, basketball, boxing, running, swimming, tennis, volleyball, etc.) to compete locally, regionally, and internationally.

    On the other hand, Liberia waits until the last minute to call up its international stars to join local players, many of whom have not played together to develop the necessary team- cohesion for an effective team, thus making it difficult for these players to function cohesively as a team.

    When I was growing up in the sixties & seventies, during Monkey Browne, Josiah Johnson, Winnie Bo Toe, Santos Marie, Garrison Sackor, Marr Sah, Babe Ray, Alex Peal, and others of that era, there was cohesion in the Liberian Lone Star tame. There was unity. There was national pride. There was a spirit of “do-or-die” fight to last attitude for Liberia.

    These players listed above were groomed locally to play for the national team: despite playing on different local teams. They were always available and willing to be trained. They worked hard together over a long period of time to develop the necessary cohesion and understanding of a team dynamics of what makes them function competitively as a unit.

    Those days, they played for pride: for the love of the game, for country. They were supported financially by the Tubman and Tolbert administration under the auspices of the Ministry of Youths & Sports.

    If it is not too late, I would recommend that our leaders give more financial support in developing Liberia’s home-grown players for future international competitions and send more sports managers abroad for training in sports administration and athletic training on the college level.

    In the meantime, Liberian coaches could check out this web page: athleteassessments.com to see what it means for coaches to use the DISC technique in sports: it helps in developing self-awareness; effective communication skills; more productive team work; builds team relationships; tailors toward coaching, and it identifies how each person contributes their best to the team.

    I wish you good luck Lone Star playing under these difficult circumstances!

  7. We are ready for this time around to win this game against DR Congo,especially on our ground we will use all our last techniques on those Congolese I believe and I pray that Liberia is carrying the victory all the way.

  8. It’s unfortunate that Liberia failed to put drc to the sword at home. I don’t see the lone star overturning the 3-0 deficit against Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is currently on fire and I see them massacring liberia at the Samuel K Doe stadium, brace yourself for an embarrassing cricket score line in your own backyard.

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