By Kelvin Yeaher
The Liberian Lone Stars will this Thursday, October 8, square off against the national team of Guinea-Bissau in the preliminary stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifier. The tournament will be hosted by Russia in June of 2018. The match will be the first meeting between the two sides in any CAF and or FIFA competition.
The Liberians, are coming off a vital win against one of Africa’s football giants, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, and will be poised to make it two wins in as many games at home, when activities kick off at the famous Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Lynch Street.
Make no mistake, the pressure is on Coach James Debbah to deliver as the expectations from fans of the Lone Stars have skyrocketed following the team last victory against the North Africans. They will be hoping for nothing less than three points. The Lone Stars should be up to the task, with the crop of forwards that Debbah has to his disposal. The foursome of Dioh Williams, Francis Grandpa Doe, William Jebor, and Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh have tons of potentials to cause damage.
The Guinea Bissauans from all indications are minnows when it comes to continental football. Their most recent games were a 2-4 loss against Congo and 1-3 defeat to the Eagles of Mali. They are ranked 51 places below Liberia on the FIFA Coca-Cola world ranking at 147. Liberia should be able to take care of business at home void of complacency and must put their chances to bed.
Scouting Report/ players to watch
Majority of the Guinea Bissauans were born in Portugal. The country’s former colonial master. Hence, their style of play is European. They move the ball very well and are very technical. The Lone Stars must therefore impose their game (African style) on the visitors to claim victory. There is no goal drought in this side as well. As their record indicates.
Cicero Semedo, simply called Cicero is a prolific goal scorer. He has netted 5 times in 10 international appearances for his country and the African wild dogs. The former S.C Braga’s youth product currently plays in the Turkish second tiers league for Sanliurfaspor. He’s big, and strong, however, the central pairing of Teah Dennis and Dirkir Glay should seal the gates, and the threat he poses to goal mouth.