Sports: The Battle for Nouakchott on Sunday


Lone Star leaves for Mauritania today

Coach James Salinsa Debbah may be asking himself so many questions as his boys failed to “show their juice” last Sunday in the first leg of the African Cup of Nations at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

With a two goal advantage, the local Lone Star players and Coach Debbah may have realized that once the battle was not won at home in the first leg, it may darn near be impossible to win away.

That position comes from the team’s poor away history; that is if they have one. The regular Lone Star that is filled with Liberian professionals is yet to find one, as the past away games never produced wins.

And that makes the task on Sunday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, a difficult assignment for the Liberian side. Although they may be the underdogs, they may have the trump card for the game.

Having lost 0-2 and wasted a penalty, the Liberian side will be fighting, as if for their lives, like a man who is drowning.

“The one who is down fears no fall” is an adage that clearly fits the situation. It is veteran coach Josiah N. Johnson, credited to have said that “football is like a biscuit,” that should be quoted here. Ever tried to break a little portion of a biscuit when you were a kid to share with a friend or sibling? It broke at an unexpected angle, didn’t it? And that is somehow what happens in sports, as veteran coach Johnson (Masayo) has noted when he coached the national team for 15 years.

For many who think Lone Star’s trip to Mauritania would amount to a disgrace, the players know that it is in such difficulties that they should put up their best performance.

Since they showed a lot of disorganization in the first leg, they should now approach the game in Mauritania with caution and with much better organization. Pushing the ball from one player to another must be done with a purpose, and the strikers should be prepared and ambitious when the ball is lobbed in their direction.

The Mauritanians reportedly prepared for at least four months for this particular game, while our players trained for a week.

While many of us are not convinced that our boys can score more than three goals against their opponents, Coach Debbah should come up with a plan that would make the Mauritanians appreciate our kind of football at the end of 90 minutes of play on Sunday.

All we can wish for the boys is a good game; and therefore, good luck!


  1. I already suggested how to play Liberian football. Take it or be the way you want to be until you see me.
    Time to vote listen to voters. Talk to me about soccer after you find this Nation’s new next President. Gone in silence. Do not answer me.

  2. What we need to do to improve our soccer skills is that we promote our national County meet to national County premium league. Every Liberian is a lover of his or her County and will love to support our future Liberia national County premier league. With 15 counties, there will be 15 player for each position on the soccer page. If one fail to do his job, there’s 14 on bench willing to do better; with this happening we now know there gonna be competition among the players each fighting for first team position.

  3. Other countries invest in their national teams. The LFA steals from our national team. Are you telling me that there is no land in Liberia where the LFA can build a soccer academy and develop soccer talent in Liberia? Why do you think Germany,Argentina, Italy, Spain, Brazil, France etc, etc have won world cups? Go to their countries and ask to see their soccer academies. Very young children are in those academies and training to represent their countries. There is no vision for the future of Liberian soccer. Have we ever won the African Cup of Nations or gone to the world cup? NO!

  4. How will Liberia have better football team, when whose who needs to involved themselves in football in this country wants to be President. the next things is that Liberia will soon not have good musicians because they all will be politician.


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