Wreh On a Revenge Mission
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
Liberia’s U-20 Manager, Christopher Wreh, will be out for revenge when his side lines up against Junior Syli Nationale of Guinea at the September 28 Stadium in Conakry on April 24.
The Lone Star’s U-20 squad travels to Guinea this weekend to seek revenge for the 2-0 defeat suffered at home against Guinea in the first leg.
The match in Conakry will be the second outing between the two countries in the ongoing Zambia 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier and the encounter will pave the winners’ way to the next stage of the qualifier.
Wonder Boy Wreh is confident that his side can pull the trigger and get the needed result after a week-long intensive training session at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
Speaking Monday following their last training session and ahead of Tuesday’s departure, the 41-year-old admitted that the defeat still has some better memories in his mind.
Memories that make him strongly believe that U-20 Lone Star can still qualify to the next stage in Rwanda 2017 African Championship qualifier.
“With all what I witnessed from the Guineans here, it gives me the confidence to say we can move on, because in football anything is possible,” he said.
He argued that goals scored against U-20’s Lone Star were not workings of the Guineans but pointed out; it was Lone Star defensive errors that beat them.
In an upbeat mood, “regardless of the level of the performance displayed by opponents in front of home fans, I believe that the Guineans are not extraordinary and can be beaten at home by any team,” he noted.
He added: "A thousand-mile journey starts with a single step and I believe a win away will enhance Liberia’s chance of qualifying to Zambia 2017.
"We are enthusiastic but we understand the toughness of the game. We are looking forward to it,” he averred.
With this test into a must-win match in order for the Liberia’s U-20 side to retain an outside chance of qualifying for the 2017 final, Wreh is wary of the hosts' likely desperation.
He vowed to use this match to put Liberia in a better position to qualify for the tournament in Zambia.
He said Liberia will go into the match without foreign-based players due to the Local Football house’s inability to secure funding for their return.
He hopes on trooping an 18-man squad to muscle the Guineans for a possible win.