Sports: CHAN 2018 Qualifiers: Liberia Face Mauritania Sunday

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The Lone Star of Liberia squad that defeated Sierra Leone in a friendly encounter at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium

Following days of intense training, the national soccer team Lone Star will this Sunday take on Mauritania in the first leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification matches at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

The Lone Star under the guidance of Coach James Salinsa Debbah have been undergoing preparations at the George Weah Technical Center.

Coach Debbah and his boys will be hopping to restore the hope of Liberians that the team can do better in continental competitions and also make the difference in Group G of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers.

The dismal performance of the team against Zimbabwe was frustrating to Liberians, with many calling for the resignation of the head coach.

Sunday’s encounter will be a huge task for Coach Debbah to work with a team comprising of 26 local players, some of whom are described as “inexperienced,” after the Zimbabwe match.

The CHAN tournament involves only players who play in the domestic league of each country.

Defenders Prince Kennedy and Hilton Varney, who were among the local players in the Zimbabwe match, have been left out of Coach Debbah’s 26 local players.

Many supporters criticized the two defenders for not performing up to expectation during the match in Harare.

The Lone Star needs nothing less than a win, which will put the team in a better position ahead of the return leg in Mauritania on July 23.

Meanwhile, four match officials from neighboring Guinea have been assigned to handle Sunday’s match.

Center referee is Baba Leno; Moustapha Toure as assistant referee number 1; Issa Soumah as assistant referee number 2; and  Aboubacar Mario Bangoura will serve as reserve referee.

The winner between the two countries after the two legs is expected to face either The Gambia or Mali.

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Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). Anthony has written several sports articles. He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes analysis on Liberian Football.

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  1. The point in scoring a goal is first to look at the player coming towards you when the ball is sent on your wind. Obviously, you should and would have known who sent the ball to you. The next step is to look at the ball when it gets in your possession, than you need to look at who or where you are kicking the ball to. The last step to a goal is to make sure you look at the keeper’s position in between the goal polls to see what space is available to score. As you can see, Liberian Lone Star players, most of the time is “look” the key word for tricks and tactics to prevent and score goals. This goes to both defenders and forwards. As for Liberian goal keepers, you might use your legs to pass the ball when only sure and certain that your team mate will use the ball wisely but the goal keeper’s advantage is the use of entire body and hands. When I was young and playing forward, I always scored the first or last goal on the field. Listen to your coach and Referee. Do not give your opponent okra, kala, or onion unless you sure you got space. Be sure to read my words and take my numbers. Stick together as the nation’s team regardless who scores everyone on the team gets the benefits and true Liberians are happy when you do your best. Best of luck.
    Gone to 57% silent majority.

  2. Air polls flow with the football and as long as you can view the top and two side poles, you net. LIB soccer is inherited.
    Gone to silence son.

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