Head Coach James Salinsa Debbah has said that change is not necessary in his starting 11 players who defeated Tunisia 1-0, that will now take on Guinea Bissau today to keep the ‘winning way’ and maintain the morale of the team.
He is expected to swell more support from Liberians in and out of the country, as well as well wishers in the national team’s campaign.
Many believe that the unchanged approach of players by the Liberia’s License A coach and the adaptable plot is an effective strategy of managing expectations of success.
“I’m using the same 11 players that I used against Tunisia,” Debbah said.
In the crowded pre-match conference yesterday in the VIP room at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Coach Debbah expressed optimism of emerging victorious but failed to state the number of goods.
Coach Debbah specifically said his starters would also use the 4-4-2 pattern to continue to generate high quality results.
Though, he didn’t explain further football pundits are saying the 4-4-2 system is workable with Lone Star’s attack with eight players, leaving two at the back and defending with eight players, leaving two upfront – summarily an 8-man defense and an 8-man attack.
This means, Coach James Salinsa Debbah is using LPRC Oilers goalie Saylee Swen between the post, Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus) in the right back; Gizzie Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel) – left back; Dirkir Glay (Gor Mahia, Kenya) to assist the central defender and Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan) central defender.
The midfielders will be controlled by Sam Johnson (Djurgårdens IF, Sweden) and Patrick Gerhardt (Sarawak FA, Malaysia), while the wingers Zah Krangar (Felda United FC, Malaysia) and Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi, Sundowns, South Africa).
The duo are strikers Francis Grandpa Doe (NS Matrix, Malaysia), and William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain).
Meanwhile, it may be recalled that 26 players have been called for the Guinea Bissau’s two-tie games, on Thursday, October 8 in Monrovia and Tuesday, October 15 in Guinea Bissau.
The players include 17 foreign-based Liberians and 9 local players. Seven players from the Tunisia’a called-up players were dropped, including Sekou Jabateh, Nathaniel Sherman, Herron Berrian, Omega Roberts (though he didn’t turn-out for the match against Tunisia), Soto Roberts, Mark Paye, and Aloysious Simujila.
The newly recalled players were Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh, Dioh Williams, Abel Gebor, Hilton Varney, Junior Barshall and Alpha James.
Up to press time yesterday only Patrick R. Wleh was not in the country.