BY: EDWIN DOLO
Former Nimba FC attacker, Sam Johnson, put up a master-class performance against the Tunisians despite being placed in the heart of midfield as compare to playing his preferred central forward role.
Lone Star Head Coach, James Salinsa Debbah, bathed the 22 year old Djurgaden’s centre forward with praises after the player performed beyond expectation, leading to Liberia’s vital 1-0 clipping of Tunisia at the ATS on Saturday in Monrovia.
The Swedish-based striker was placed in deep midfield role alongside Patrick Gerhardt and he pulled the cords in midfield, covering more distances than any of his mates and Debbah has described him as a “workaholic”.
Johnson won several sliding tackles and dispossessed opponents of the ball.
“Sam Johnson is a workaholic. He is mobile. We decided to use him in the midfield because of these qualities. None of his peers could move like he did, Francis Doe could not and even William Jebor cannot work like him and we hope more will come out of Sam,” the Liberian national team coach declared of the player.
"He has great qualities. He fights for the ball and wins it back each time he loses it,” Debbah, 48, said in a post-match press conference.
Liberia is leveled on points with Tunisia, but moved second place in Group “A”, thanks to their head to head record.
Liberia will travel to fellow group contenders, Djibouti who are yet to secure single point in two matches in March 2016.