The stage is set and the streets in Paynesville City will be crowded as Liberians will turn out to cheer their national football team, Lone Star to victory on Sunday. It is another crucial moment that will decide the fate of Lone Star thus far in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Lone Star will host the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday, November 18 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, kick-off at 4:00 p.m.
Coach Thomas Kojo and his boys will anticipate getting their second consecutive home victory after defeating Congo Brazzaville in the return-leg of a back-to-back clash on October 16.
A win for the Lone Star will restore their hope of booking their ticket to Cameroon ahead of their final game away to DR Congo in March 2019. The red, white and blue boys have over the weeks intensified training with several foreign-based players joining the rest of the squad.
Skipper William Jebor, Spanish-born Liberian goalkeeper Boison Wynney and expected debutant Mohamed Sangare have all arrived in the country ahead of the weekend’s match. According to the Liberia Football Association, Anthony Laffor, Sylvanus Nimley, and Murphy Dorley will arrive in the country on Friday, November 16, today.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe, who are atop of the group with eight points out of four games, are coming into the game with just a few steps away from joining the list of qualified teams for next year’s competition. A win for the Warriors will secure their qualification, while a draw will also be enough if second place DR Congo fail to collect a win away to Congo Brazzaville in the other Group G match which will be played on Sunday in Brazzaville.
According to FIFA’s statistics, the Warriors can brag of an unbeaten record, with two wins and one draw from their three previous meetings. The most recent meeting between the two sides was on June 11, 2017, in the first leg when Knowledge Musona slotted home a hat-trick to secure a comfortable 3-0 win for the Warriors in Harare.
The Warriors arrived in Monrovia yesterday after departing Harare on Wednesday, November 14, and later touched down in Johannesburg where they teamed up with South Africa based contingent, according to the Zimbabwe Football Association.