Ivory Coast Coach Never Loss to Liberia
By Wleh Bedel
With the Elephants of the Ivory Coast bracing themselves for the tricky duel with the Lone Star of Liberia on this Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, one man who is with the Elephants and knows about Liberian football or the Lone Star to some extent is their French Coach Michel Dussuyer who has never loss to the red, white and blue outfit.
In the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifier, Dussuyer, then appointed as Coach of Guinea national team the Sylli Nationale in September 2002, led his Guinean side to a 3-0 win against a Kadalla Kromah's Lone Star on September 8, 2002, on Match Day one of the qualifiers with goals from Titi Camara after 17 minutes, Fode Mansare in the 56th minute and Ibrahima Sorry Conte, one minute later.
In that duel, the Lone Star was stiffened by experienced goalie Louis Crayton, George Gebro and Prince Daye, three members of the 2002 Nations Cup squad.
Also, Dussuyer led his Guinean side defeat a Budumburam based players dominant Lone Star as the players could not leave Monrovia for the match, so the guys from Budumburam helped the team that was stiffened by James Koko Lomell, Prince Daye, Frank Seator and Alvin Keah.
Goals from Soulimane Youla ensured Guinea won 2-1 with Prince Daye netting for the Lone Star on June 21, 2003 at the Accra Sports stadium. After the match, Coach Dussuyer reportedly said he could not believe that the Lone Star used a refugee based side as they played like pure professionals in top leagues.
The 56 year old Dussuyer who played his professional football as a goalkeeper for clubs including Cannes has never lost to the Lone Star with Ivory Coast also never losing to the Lone Star, ten wins out of 13 meetings, but there is always a first time.