Liberia Play Chad Away on Sunday


MONROVIA – Liberia will play away to Chad in an eager anticipated match in the  Confederation of African Football (Caf)  preliminary qualifiers round for a place in the African Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers. 

The Lone Star who took a slender advantage against the Chad following Kpah Sherman 43rd minute in Monrovia could be hopeful for luck to be on their side on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in N’Djamena. 

Though, Liberia has bettered records against their Sunday opponents, they have met four time with the Lone Star possessed the highest win advantaged.  

The first time these two met it was in the French colonial tournament host by Senegal in the 1963, a match Liberia won 2-1, before the Fifa World Cup qualifiers preliminary round for Japan and Korea where Lone Star defeated Les Soa in D’Njemena, thanks to Kelvin Sabwe 44th effort and drew the second leg in Monrovia. 

But the Lone Star has demonstrated over the period of time a poor traveling records since their  away victory against Djibouti in 2016 a goal from Anthony Laffor in the 57th minute.

Lone Star needed a draw in Kinshasa against DR Congo to book their place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations held Egypt but lost the match 1-0. 

Liberia first away match under Coach Butler almost saw Lone Star existing the FIFA World Cup qualifiers if it was for 18-year-old goalkeeper Ashley Williams who became an instinct hero following his  94th minute saved from Leone  Stars captain  Umaru Bangura to send Liberia to the group stage of the Fifa world cup qualifiers.

Liberia Coach Peter  Butler could looking for his first away win since he took charge of the Lone Star in August 21, 2019.

The Englishman had played for four with two wins in Fifa world cup qualifiers preliminary round against Sierra Leone, an African Cup of Nations preliminary round first leg against Chad  and friendly draw against Botswana. 

And Liberians could be hoping that the Englishman changed the narrative and show up a brave fight against Chad to seal them a place amongst some of  Africa elite footballing countries.

However, Coach Butler must do the miracle without the current generation of Lone Star’ players top scorer, William Jebor.

Jebor who had netted in 12 goals for Liberia in 19 caps, was reported to have told the FA that he no longer want to represent Liberia because Coach Butler disrespected him for starting him from the bench.

But the forward who played his trade for Al- Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, has said the FA misinterpreted him, and he pulled out of the match during to illness. 

Jebor absent leave Coach Butler who had previously said he had a selection headache in the first leg against with three forwards. 

Sam Johnson, Peter Wilson and Sherman who set a record of his own after becoming the first player to score on Chad on home soil. 

Sherman in an interview with LFA Media Communication Director, Danesius Marten, said that the team is confident going into the match and they are going to fight in order to qualify for the group stage. 

Full squad in N’Djamena, Chad

Goalkeepers: Ashley Williams and Tommy Songo (LISCR) and Prince Wlame (LPRC Oilers) 

Defenders: Joseph Aidoo (Michigan Stars, United States of America), Eugene Swen (Energetik-BGU Minsk, Belarus), Teah Dennis (Minerva Punjab, India), Gasimu Kouyateh (Pags), Ben Benaiah (Nimba United), Alvin Maccornel (LPRC Oilers) and Jeremy Saygbe (Barrack Young Controllers)

Midfielders: Mohammed Sangare (Newcastle United under-23, England), Terrance Tisdell (Baroka, South Africa), Oscar Murphy Dorley (Slovan Liberec, Czech Republic), David Tweh (Energetik-BGU Minsk, Belarus), Allen Njie (Grasshoppers, Switzerland), Sylvanus Nimely (Spartak Moscow 2, Russia) and Edward Ledlum (LISCR)

Forwards: Peter Wilson (GIF Sundvall, Sweden), Kpah Sherman (PKNS, Malaysia) and Sam Johnson (Real Salt Lake, United States of America)