Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Red Lions have intensified preparation for their Algerian opponents, Club Sportif Constantinois.
Their match is at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Friday, February 28 in the 1/16th final of the prestigious tournament.
Red Lions secured the preliminary stage when their Guinea Bissau opponents failed to show up.
Like Red Lions, Club Sportif Constantinois is a little known club on this part of the world and as a result the Algerian should be checking on the internet to secure some statistical information about their Liberian opponents.
But with the history of Liberians who made significant successes in Europe, starting with George Weah, there is every reason to believe that the Algerians are coming with some determination not to concede a goal.
And that is exactly what Red Lions cannot allow to happen.
A little research revealed that the club was founded under the name of IKBAL Emancipation from 1898 to 1909 but was dissolved by the colonial (France) authority. It reappeared under the name of Étoile Club Musulman Constantinois from 1916 to 1918 and was dissolved for the 2nd time and it finally reappeared under the name of Club Sportif Constantinois since June 26, 1926. Their home stadium is Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui.
While successful Liberian clubs are all recently organized the elimination of the Club of the Century, Ghana’s Asante Kotoko, from the CAF Championship League by a recently organized BYC, is an indication that Red Lions could make another history possible.
The recent league match against Watanga, though ended 0-0, there were some improvements on Red Lions’ attacks and their dominance in the midfield.
The wingers are being brushed off, and the strikers are encouraged to know that goals come from what they do with the ball, anywhere outside the 18-yard box of the opponents.
According to the Liberia Football Association, match officials for Red Lions/CS Constantinois are from Burkina Faso and the match commissioner is from Ghana.
They are Referees: Louis Sanou, (1) Seydou Tiama (2) Max Philippo Toe and commissioner Al Hadj Jawula.