Next Up ...Guinea-Bissau in World Cup qualifier
By Staff Reporter
With the euphoria wearing off from the stunning win over Tunisia in the AFCON qualifier, and the criticism of Coach Salinsia Debbh subsiding. The LFA and Its technical Staff cannot rest on its laurels.
With Liberia sitting very low on the FIFA ranking table , the first round will have to be the initial step to get to Group play in the FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers with Ivory Coast awaiting the winner from this match up.
The World Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau will be a 2 leg test that will required a deep team to play two matches a week apart.
The 1st Leg will be at Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, which is scheduled for October 8, 2015 with the return match scheduled at the Stade du 24 septembre in Guinea Bissau on October 13, 2015 according to the fixtures on FIFA website.
Guinea-Bissau is coming off a home loss to Congo 4-2 in the second round of Group E of the African Cup of Nations (CAN). With just one point from two games, the point from a away 0-0 draw in Zambia makes them a tough team to predict.
The LFA and Technical Staff have to plan to have multiple players at every position. Injuries and tactical changes with a short turn around has to be considered and properly planned for.
The technical Staff will have to call at least 24 Internationals to beef up the squad. Coach Debbeh has brought competition in the team and players will have to justify to wear the Lonestar shirt. The likes of Tisdale and Weeks should add more experience
There have been some reports that the likes of Dioh Williams might be called to beef up the strike force. There are also players like “Supreme Ball Winner” Kiata and midfielder maestro Isaac Popo suddenly on the fringes of the team.
Omega Roberts Theo Weeks and other defenders need to be in camp because we are real thin in the center back position.
With Sierra Leone holding Ivory Coast to a scoreless draw in Abuja, Nigeria ( Home game for Serra Leone because of the Ebola Ban) the path to group play does not look as daunting as it did when the drawing came out.
But first Liberia will have to beat a Guinea Bissau team that has lost it last 2 matches and 2 Draw. The recent loss to Congo at home 2-4 will have them geared to get on track against Liberia.
In a home and away tie, the 1st game at ATS will be very important to get a win. Playing on the road in Africa is always a challenge and the Lonestar historically are poor travelers.