The Djibouti national football team Shore men of the Red Sea, will today, Thursday, March 24 hosts Lone Star in Djibouti City at 1pm in the Group A qualifying in the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
Djibouti is the underdog of Group A with zero point out of two games, while Liberia has three points as well as Tunisia, from two games, and sits third on the log on goals difference. Togo heads the Group with six points.
Head coach, James Salinsa Debbah has expressed faith of winning the two-tier encounters. The return leg is on Tuesday, March 29 in Monrovia. But can Liberia actually take points against Djibouti?
Prior to the team’s departure, Coach Debbah told journalists that his side has been challenged to show their mettle against Djibouti.
“In football anything can happen, but I’m a believer that Liberia can top the Zone after this round,” Coach Debbah said.
Liberia will be playing a 4-4-2 pattern, with William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain) and Patrick Wleh (FC Selangor, Malaysia) as strikers.
South African based Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns) will be on left wing; Malaysian league former most valuable player Zah Krangar will play the right wing whereas Sam Johnson (Djurgarden IF, Sweden) and Theo Weeks (Ermis Aradippou, Cyrpus) will control the middle.
Cyprus based defender Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamina FC) is still at the right back, and recalled Gizzie Dorbor from Napoel Afula, Israel will play left back, and Teah Dennis (Al Ahli) and Omega Roberts (Donji Srem, Serbia) will play central defense interchangeably.
Deputy Coach Kelvins Sebwe said Thursday’s impending victory against Djibouti would serve as indicator for Liberia’s motivation to win her return leg in Monrovia.
Liberia suffered 2-1 defeat in Lome, Togo in the opener, but rotated their sorrow by whipping Tunisia at home 1-0. Togo claimed top spot when she also dragged Djibouti 2-0. Tunisia convincingly whacked Djibouti 8-1 before bowing to Liberia.