MATCH: Djibouti vs. Liberia
COMPETITION: 2017 AFCON Qualifiers – Group A
VENUE: Stade du Ville; Djibouti City, Djibouti
DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 13:00 GMT
REFEREES: Idris MEHAMMED OSMAN (ERI); Angesom OGBAMARIAM W. (ERI); Berhe O’MICHAEL (ERI)
The Men’s National Team of Liberia, Lone Star, have a crunch back-to-back tie against Djibouti that could see them top Group A standings with a win away to Djibouti on Thursday, March 24th as well as a win at home against the same opponent in Monrovia on Tuesday, March 29th.
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DEBBAH CALLS 19 FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS FOR AFCON QUALIFIERS AGAINST DJIBOUTI
The Head Coach on the Lone Star, James Debbah, called 19 foreign based players for the matches against Djibouti. So far, all of them have arrived in camp except for Anthony Laffor (arrives on game day morning), William Jebor (unavailable for the first leg), and Tonia Tisdell.
LONE STAR FULL ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Tommy Songo (LISCR, Liberia), Samson Giddings (FC Fassell, Liberia), James Gally (Watanga FC, Liberia).
DEFENDERS (8) – Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LPRC Oilers, Liberia), Gizzie Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Hilton Varney (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia), Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan), Dirkir Glay (Persiba Balikpapan, Indonesia), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem Pecinci, Serbia), Alvin Macconough (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia).
MIDFIELDERS (9) – Alsény Keita (Entente Sportive Viry Chatillon, France), Dulee Johnson (Molde FK, Norway), Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Theo Weeks (Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus), Dioh Williams (Gefle IF, Sweden), Zah Kranga (FELDA United, Malaysia), Kpah Sherman (Santos FC Cape Town, South Africa), Melvin George (Hantharwady United FC, Myanmar), Marcus Macauley (Al Ahli, Jordan).
FORWARDS (3) – Sam Johnson (Djurgårdens, Sweden), Patrick Wleh (Selangor FA, Malaysia), Sekou Conneh (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA).
PREVIOUS MEETINGS (HEAD-TO-HEAD STATISTICS):
This will be the very first meeting between both countries.
PATH TO AFCON 2017
Lone Star needs to defeat Djibouti both home and away and also defeat Togo at home in June to stand any chance of qualifying for their third AFCON Finals.
|1||Togo||2||2||0||0||4||1||+3||6||Final Tournament||—||2–1||29 Mar||2–4 Sep|
|2||Liberia||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||3||Possible qualification based on||3–5 Jun||—||1–0||29 Mar|
|3||Tunisia||2||1||0||1||8||2||+6||3||25 Mar||2–4 Sep||—||8–1|
|4||Djibouti||2||0||0||2||1||10||−9||0||0–2||24 Mar||3–5 Jun||—|