Debbah to match wits with Togo’s Head Coach, Frenchman LeRoy at Home
By Toyuwa Harris
When Debbah started his coaching journey with a Baptism away in Lomé, Togo, it was Tom Saintfiet who introduced Debbah to coaching in Africa. After painfully conceding a late winner to steal the 3 points in the first leg of the Group A qualifier in Togo, Debbah limped home with an away loss.
Debbeh returned to his home field and announced that the ATS is his fortress and we were going to defend it. Defeating highly rated Tunisia 1-0 sent the signal to the African football landscape that Debbah was a Novice coach with big game experience and he was technically sound.
The Tunisian Coach, Kasperczak left Liberia full of praise for Debbah. Which is commendable coming from a Veteran coach. As a manager, Kasperczak enjoyed most success in the African Cup of Nations, securing second place with Tunisia in 1996, third with Côte d'Ivoire (1994) and fourth with Mali (2002).
Debbah outwitted him using the "BOX" that ATS field dimensions creates, as an advantage. Packing the midfield and closing the passing lanes to put the Tunisians out of rhythm. This effected the ability of the well-seasoned Tunisian team to string passes. Grandpa Doe's winner give Debbah his first Big African Coaching scalp.
With Tom Saintfiet out as Togo’s Head Coach, Frenchman LeRoy, 68, who has worked on the continent for almost 30 years and has coached at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. It will be LeRoy across the lines when Debbah walks on to the ATS pitch in June.
The Home record of 2 wins and a one to nil loss from the Elephants of Ivory Coast, under Coach Debbah at the ATS will be under attack!
Debbah insists that the team played well enough to win the first meeting on the road in Lomé and a cruel last min goal by the talisman of Togo Adebayo derailed the effort.
What will be Debbah’s strategy and team listing? Will he call up Grandpa Doe again? Understanding the Defensive changes against Djibouti? What will the back four look like? Will Tony Songo man the post giving his limited experience but his 2 clean sheets in a row?
We will be doing a deep dive into team selection in upcoming articles
Again..I Believe in Coach Debbah !