Super Sunday

Coach James Salinsa Debbah leads Lone .jpg

The senior national football team, Lone Star is expected to lock horns with the Hawks of Togo on Sunday in Lome at the Stade de Kégué, at 4p.m local time.

Sunday’s game, dubbed Super Sunday, is Liberia’s first in six games, in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers under new coach James Salinsa Debbah.

The Lone Star is in Group A, alongside Tunisia, Togo and Djibouti.

Most Liberians knowing the trait of Liberia’s celebrity star and inspirational top goal-scorer turned head coach, are convinced that the 48-year old would convert his over 15 year of professional footballer career as coach to settle for an ‘acceptable result.’

Coach Debbah is the first former formidable member of the George Weah’s 11 which qualified the country twice to the African Cup of Nations (1996 and 2002) to serve as national team coach.

Though he has a fierce attitude, he has vast knowledge of the game.

Practices depict that Debbah’s coaching style would consist of controlling and having possession of the ball cum goal kicking.

The likes of Zah Krangar, Abel Gebor, Sam Johnson, Dikir Glay, Seku Conneh, Aldophus Marshall, Anthony Snorti Laffor, Theo Weeks Lewis and William Jebor have underwent a week-long training in Ghana and is expected to depart for Lome, Togo.

According to reports from Ghana on Wednesday, Lone Star defeated Ghana All Stars 2-0. Theo Weeks and Zah Krangar netted the goals through impressive coordination amongst the players.

Deputy Coach Kelvin Sebwe and team manager Washington Blay are also with the boys.

Yesterday, Liberia and Africa’s most decorated football icon George Weah joined the team to boost their courage.

Montserrado and Grand Gedeh counties’ Rep. Edwin Snowe and Zoe Pennoh as well as Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe and other government officials are expected to join the team today to fly to Lome.

According to the fixture Lone Star, between the weekends of September 4-6, will play host to the Carthage Eagles, of Tunisia in her second match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

On the weekend of March 23-26, Lone Star would play her second away game in Djibouti City against the Djibouti national football team, nicknamed the Riverains de la Mer Rouge – Shore-men of the Red Sea.

The Shore-men of the Red Sea are expected to play their return leg on the weekend of March 26-29, in Monrovia – which would mark Liberia’s fourth game in the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.

Liberia would also play host to Togo on the weekend of June 3-5, and play her last game away in Tunis against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on the weekend of September 2-4.

Meanwhile, the local Lone Star will play the Guinean national team for a slot at the 2016 Championship of African Nations (Chan) finals to be played next year in Rwanda.

Lone Star will play away in Mali, the home ground of Guinea, owing to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus, on Sunday, June 21, 2015. The return would be on Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Monrovia.

The 2016 CHAN is the 4th edition of the African Nations Championship; a biennial football tournament organized exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships.


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