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AFCONS 2016 Preview: Liberia Vs. Togo

By Wleh Bedell Liberia and Togo find themselves in a must win situation in what should be an intriguing fixture in the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations Qualifier on Sunday, June 5, 2016. With the Lone Stars in the pole position in Group one with 9 points from four games while their Sunday’s opponents having 2 points less from the same number of games, this fixture is certainly expected to be intriguing. Tunisia is expected to wrap up the maximum three points against traditional whipping boys Djibouti, the win…

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Liberia Lone Stars winger Oliseh is back and ready

Liberian Listener Staff Report Former CSKA Moscow winger Sekou Jabateh Oliseh is back with the national team of Liberia to face the Hawks of Togo, in a tough game that will see Frenchman and veteran coach Claude Le Roy in charge as the two West African countries butt heads in Monrovia, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. Jabateh had been previously overlooked because he was without a professional contract. A constant feature for the national outfit he was briefly axed as he was not playing and attached, having been on loan…

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Liberia Vs. Tunisia Youssef Msakni Recalled

By Oluwashina Okeleji BBC Sport—Youssef Msakni returns to the Tunisia squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia six months after he last played for the team. The 24-year-old, who plays in Qatar, is part of coach Henry Kasperczak’s 23-man group for the 6 September Group A tie. Kasperczak has chosen eight Etoile du Sahel players, but has left out CS Sfaxien’s Ali Maaloul and Club Africain’s Houcine Nater. “With due respect, Etoile are the best team in Tunisia right now,” he said. “I will never ignore or…

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Liberia Vs. Togo: Lone Stars Lost in Lome 2-1

Liberian Listener Staff Report The Lone Stars of Liberia failed to hold on to its lead when the Sparrow Hawks of Togo came from behind on Sunday in the Afcons qualifier to spoil the party, when Emmanuel Adebayo double Togo’s lead in an 87th minute strike, as the home side snatched a 2-1 win from the jaws of the stars at the Stade de Kégué in Lome. The Liberian defense and midfield broke down with five minutes to go including injury time, by failing to salvage a 1-1 draw, when…

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James Debbah Lone Stars Selection draws fire

Hawa Wesseh New Liberian coach James Salinsa Debbah has come under fire from football journalists in the country, for naming players that are not playing regularly in their respective teams abroad, to the national team, the Lone Stars. And the criticisms become more relevant when you considered he has no coaching experience, and this will be his first major international match against a really good Togolese side that is being coached by a Belgian tactician, Tom Saintfiet who has worked in Africa for almost a decade. Saintfiet has bounced around…

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Ivory Coast Elephants Coach Herve Renard Wants Drogba

The Chelsea striker can make a comeback to the Elephants any time, according to the former Zambia coach Cote D’Ivoire coach Herve Renard has stressed that former captain Didier Drogba could return to the outfit if he wished to do so and that the door remains open for the 36-year-old all-time top scorer of the Elephants. The Chelsea forward announced his retirement from the team in early August, saying officials had lost confidence in him. The French coach, who was appointed in July, made attempts to persuade Drogba back to…

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African Nations Cup 2015: Algeria handed tough Nations Cup draw

Tough Nations Cup draw awaits Algeria BBC—Algeria, the highest-ranked side on the continent, face a tough draw for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals. The Desert Foxes, who reached the second round of this year’s World Cup, will face Senegal, Ghana and South Africa in Group C. Hosts Equatorial Guinea will play neighbours Gabon, Congo and Burkina Faso in Group A. Group B features Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde and Tunisia, while in D it is Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon and Mali. The tournament, which will be played between…

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Laffor gives Liberia AFCON victory

CAF: May 19, 2014 – Liberia began their 2015 Orange AFCON qualifiers with a narrow 1-0 over the visiting Crocodiles of Lesotho on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. South Africa-based forward Anthony Laffor scored the lone goal on 40 minutes after a crispy pass from former CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder, Sekou Jabateh, now on loan at Greek club PAOK Salonika. The captain took the ball around the Crocodiles penalty area and drove through to beat Lesotho goalkeeper Makhognae Kananelo before placing the ball in the lower left…

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Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Predicting How Rest of Draw Will Play out

        Only one day and two matches remain before the full knockout round is set in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Tuesday’s matches saw Nigeria advance by the skin of their teeth, scoring two late goals to beat Ethiopia 2-0. Burkina Faso also toothed their way to a 0-0 tie against Zambia, eliminating the defending champion Chipolopolo in the process. With the matches being streamed on ESPN3.com, Africa’s premier international tournament has received unprecedented exposure and acclaim. On one hand it is sad the tournament is almost finished, but on the other,…

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SA coach Gordon Igesund is sweating

    By: Ralph Geeplay Appointed in June this year to lead the South African national football team to greener pastures, Gordon Igesund, the home grown 56 year old silver hair tactician is finding out that life on the job is not as fancy as he thought when he accepted the post. Before him it was Pitso Mosimane, Carlos Alberto Parreira, and Joel Santana—-four coaches in four years; significantly though, 13coaches since 2000 for The Boys (Bafana), meaning a coach a year and that is not a good record. With…

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