Debbah shows Confidence in Patrick Wleh
By Staff Reporter
When Liberia played against Togo, Tunisia and Guinea Bissau, Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh was on his way back from injuries.
Liberian football pundits called for him to be in the team, but Debbah was not confident he was match fit. The player was coming of an injury and a ban for an on the field altercation in Malaysian Super League.
Making his Lonestar Debut in 2011for Liberia Wleh has played 9 games and got 4 goals for the Sr National Team.
For the game against Tunisia, the pressure to call Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh was huge. Wleh had just played against Liverpool for the Malaysian 11, a game he scored the only goal for the Malaysian all-stars.
The lanky Wleh, operating as the target man, scored against the run of play. He collected Chad Souza’s flick-on off a Nasir Basharudin pass and shot past onrushing Reds’ goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.
The Pressure forced Debbah to get on the defensive and stand by his choice of strikers. This move proved correct because Liberia won 1-0 from a late Francias GrandPa Doe header at the ATS.
At the time, Debbah said that he wanted to pair Jerbo with Doe in the attack because of the experience the players had playing In the Middle East.
Guinea Bissau was another disappointment for Wleh, as he was called but failed to honor the invitation because of an injury.
With The Elephants invading the ATS today Debbeh is giving a starting spot to Ronaldinho. This is a Big game and a MUST win situation in the crucial Home and home Tie.
This tactical move by Debbeh is to pair Liberia’s biggest center forwards against a big and physical Ivorian central Defense.
This is the outmost confidence for player to start in the most important game of Debbah coaching carrer.
Patrick is a scorer and also will be very difficult to contain with the aerial balls. With Jerbo and Patrick on the frontline the Ivorian defense will have their work cut out from the starting whistle.