Liberia enter last chance saloon in Monrovia

Liberia enter last chance saloon in Monrovia
Thievy Koulossa Bifouma of Congo

by Bertin Basson

Tuesday Oct 16, 2018. 12:30

Liberia will be desperate to keep their hopes of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification alive, when they play host to Congo at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 20h00 CAT (SA, GMT+2).

The Lone Stars currently occupy bottom spot in Group G and are yet to win a game after three rounds of fixtures.

Following an opening day 3-0 defeat away to Zimbabwe in Harare, Liberia were held to a 1-1 draw by the Democratic Republic of Congo before this past weekend's loss in Brazzaville.

Sam Johnson got his name on the scoresheet in the Congolese capital, but the hosts proved too strong in a 3-1 win.

“I didn’t promise that we would win. I said that we would play a good game to make sure that we would get a good result,” Liberian head coach Thomas Kojo said following the match.

“We lost, it’s football, anything can happen. We did our best but we couldn’t win. All goals the three goals came from crosses which we did not defend well. Defensively we were poor and we conceded.”

Merveille Ndockyt, Prince Vinny Ibara Doniama and Prince Oniangue were all on target for the 'Red Devils' as they claimed all three points at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat on Thursday.

Victory, Congo's first of the campaign, moved them up to four points from their allotted fixtures. The 1972 champions lost 3-1 away to DR Congo in Kinshasa , before a 1-1 draw at home to the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

Congo currently occupy 84th place on the FIFA World Rankings. Liberia sit a lowly 155th.

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