Liberia’s Doe Beat Tunisia
By Staff Reporter
Liberian national team coach James Debbah produced 1-0 home victory over Tunisia In a AFCON qualifier at the rain soaked ATS today, Saturday August 5th.
Liberia pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Tunisia in Monrovia, as the country hosted its first international football match since the lifting of an ebola ban.
Francis Forkey Doe scored the goal 11 minutes from time in difficult, wet conditions, to give his country their first points in Group A. Togo lead the Group A standings after their victory in Djibouti on Friday.
The Tunsia team is ranked 33 in the world went down to Liberia who is ranked 160.
The Liberian side controlled the game from the onset with a ferocious attack led by the recent golden boots winner from the Malaysian Premier League Francis Grandpa Doe.
The Tunisians were on the back foot most of the first half. The only reason the Liberians were not on the score sheet was because of poor finishing and the gallant display of goal keeping by the Tunisian Goal keeper.
The omission of some main stays on the team caused a lot of fans to question the tactical nous of Head coach James Slansia Debbeh.
Debbeh picked Doe and Jebro as starters because he believed that they had the experience of playing against the North Africans and Doe was playing his best football of his life, according to Debbeh.
Liberia is 3rd in Group A with 3 points from two matches. Tied with Tunisia on points but because iof the 8-1 trashing against Djibuti, leads Liberia in the goal differential.
The substitution by replacing Zah Krangar with Murphy Dolley, showed that the coach was ready for any tactical change during the game. Zah was losing steam giving his work rate in the middle of the park and the inclusion of the only local player into the match brought fresh legs to the attack.
The Midfield was compact with Sam Johnson, Patrick Gerhardt and Zah Kringar winning the battle of the midfield.
Moving Patrick Gerhardt from central defense and playing him in the libero role was a tactical change that produce control of the match.
Starting Lineup: Liberia: Saylee Swen, Solomon Grimes, Gizzie Dorbor, Teah Dennis, Dirkir Glay, Anthony Laffor, Zah Kranger(Murphy Dolley), Patrick Gerhardt, Sam Johnson, Francis Grandpa Doe and William Jerbo.
Tunisia: Aymen Mathlouthi, Salim Ben Jemaii Hamdi Nagguez, Alaya Brigui, Siyam Ben Youssef, Aymen Abdennour, Hamza Lahmar, Houssine Regued, Yessine Chikhaoui, Youssef Msakni, Saber Khlifa.