Debbah Calls 25 Players For Djibouti Clash
-Dulee, Omega & Kpah Included
By Roland Mulbah
Credible reports gathered by this paper say the head coach of the senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah has invited 25 players for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Djibouti on March 25, 2016.
According to an inside source from the Liberia Football Association (LFA), only six of the 25 players are local, while Dulee Johnson, Omega Roberts and Kpah Sherman, who ply their trades in Norway, Sebia and South Africa are making their returns after protracted period of absence.
Former NPA Anchors, Mighty Barrolle and Nimba United midfielder, Melvin George, who plies his trade in Asia has been given the chance to make his debut for the red, white and blue outfit after being called by coach Debbah.
The major absentee on Coach Debbah’s 25 players list is Malaysia based and Tunisia conqueror, Francis ‘Grandpa’ Doe, who gave Lone Star the only win against Tunisia.
Reports from the LFA say most of the coaches rejected the player being called to the national team.
It was earlier indicated that the player would return against Djibouti, but the story is now difficult.
The senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star, will play Djibouti in the third match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations between March 23-26, 2016 in Djibouti City, Djibouti, while the return leg will be played from March 26-29 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.
The red, white and blue outfit must win both games to secure nine points in the competition after already clinching three points last year with a crucial win against Tunisia in Monrovia.
Collecting six points against Djibouti is a clear signal that Coach James Salinsa Debbah’s guided side is ready to book a place in the 16 teams’ Africa Cup of Nations for the third time.
While Lone Star will be battling Djibouti in a home away fixture, Tunisia and Togo will battle each other.
Togo is at the top of Group A with six points, while Liberia sits in second ahead of Tunisia due to head to head tie.
If Tunisia wins both games, Liberia will still have the lead with both on 9 points with Liberia still holding the advantage in the head to head tie breaker.
If Togo wins both games, while sitting on 6 points will put them in a commanding lead with 12 points making the match in Monrovia against Togo a fight for the 3 points to lead Group A.
Lone Star will have nine points and await Togo from 3–5 June, 2016 in Monrovia.
A win against Togo will see Lone Star secure 12 points for the do or die battle against Tunisia in Tunis on the last day of the qualifier from 2–4 September 2016.
Below are the 25 players called For Djibouti Clash
1) Tommy Songo, LISCR FC, Liberia
2) Sampson Giddings, FC Fassell, Liberia
3) Gallay James, Ma Watta Watanga, Liberia
4) Trokon Zeon, LPRC Oilers, Liberia
5) Hilton Varney, BYC, Liberia
6) Alvin Macconough, BYC, Liberia
7) Gizzie Dorbor, Hapoel Afula F.C, Israel
8) Teah Tennis, Al Ahli, Jordan
9) Michael Macaulley, Al Ahli, Jordan
10) Dirkir Glay, Indonesia
11) Anthony Laffor, Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa
12) Kpah Sherman, Santos, South Africa
13) Omega Roberts Alamadine, FK Donji Srem, Serbia
14) Zah Krangar, Felda United, Malaysia
15) Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, Selangor FA, Malaysia
16) Alseny Keita, US Sénart-Moissy, France
17) Dioh Williams, Gefle IF, Sweden
18) Sam Johnson, Djurgårdens IF, Sweden
19) Dulee Johnson, Molde FK, Norway
20) Tonia Tisdell, Karabükspor, Turkey
21) Theo Weeks, Ermis Aradippou, Cyprus
22) Solomon Grimes, Nea Salamis, Cyprus
23) William Jebor, SD Ponferradina, Spain
24) Sekou Conneh, Bethlehem Steel, USA
25) Melvin George