By Wellington Toni
WITH four points from their Group G 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations
qualifiers and anchored at the bottom, Liberia know only a win against
Zimbabwe on Sunday, will keep their hopes of making it to Cameroon
The media in Liberia is abuzz with such excitement of a victory after
the Lone Star beat Congo Brazaville in their last home outing.
Said the Liberian Observer in an editorial on Friday: “The last time
they met, The Warriors of Zimbabwe defeated Lone Star 3-0 in a match
in which everything went wrong for the losers.
“Now the two teams will meet on Sunday, Nov. 18, in a duel that should
determine Lone Star’s chances to move to a better ground or whether
the results could end Lone Star’s CAF2019 dream.
“With their first-leg victory over Lone Star, The Warriors may have
the edge, psychologically, since the 3-0 loss may be on the minds of
Lone Star and they may likely be intimidated about it. But truth be
told, the game of soccer is such that a team could win today and lose
“Every game has its ups and downs and events at a particular game
determine the outcome of a match. Playing before their pet crowd
several weeks ago in Harare, The Warriors aimed high and incredibly
scored three beautiful goals.
“Now, the tide has changed and they are playing away before the pet
crowd of Lone Star and it would be reasonable to argue that they could
suffer the same fate as Lone Star in Harare,” said the editorial.
Now that’s confidence.
Reports indicate the Lone Star has been in camp since last Sunday,
while the Warriors are only due to train on Friday and Saturday.
The Liberian Observer wrote in another story: “The stage is set and
the streets in Paynesville City will be crowded as Liberians will turn
out to cheer their national football team, Lone Star to victory on
Sunday. It is another crucial moment that will decide the fate of Lone
Star thus far in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“Coach Thomas Kojo and his boys will anticipate getting their second
consecutive home victory after defeating Congo Brazzaville in the
return-leg of a back-to-back clash on October 16.
“A win for the Lone Star will restore their hope of booking their
ticket to Cameroon ahead of their final game away to DR Congo in March
2019. The red, white and blue boys have over the weeks intensified
training with several foreign-based players joining the rest of the
News from the Liberian camp indicate that skipper William Jebor,
Spanish-born Liberian goalkeeper Boison Wynney and expected debutant
Mohamed Sangare have all arrived in the country ahead of the weekend’s
According to the Liberia Football Association, Anthony Laffor of South
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Sylvanus Nimley, and Murphy
Dorley will arrive in the country on Friday.
Certainly, the stage is set.