It will be the first time the Lone Stars will be playing at their favourite grounds, Antoinette Tubman Stadium in the capital, since the removal of a home ban last May due to the Ebola outbreak, and Debbah has extended invitations to 16 foreign-based for the encounter against the group leaders.
In the build-up to the match, the West Africans are sweating over the fitness of first choice goalie Nathaniel Sherman, who sustained a facial injury last Wednesday. The shot-stopper was hit by a glass object at the team’s hotel leaving a deep cut over his left eye and subsequently had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, making of chances of participating in the game hanging by a thread.
The unfortunate incident leaves Debbah with three goalkeepers, Saydee Swen of LPRC Oilers, Tommy Sango of LISCR and FC Fasell’s Samsom Giddings, to fill the shoes of Sherman in the event he fails to recover in time for the Day Two encounter.
Midfielder Sekou Oliseh, who has joined Qatari side, Al Gharafa was named in the squad, so is veteran Anthony Laffor of South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
Meanwhile, a 68-member Tunisian delegation including players, officials and media personnel are expected to touch town down at the Roberts International Airport in Monrovia on Thursday, 3 September 2015 for the game.
The Carthage Eagles began their campaign on a high note, beating Djibouti 8-1 for the biggest win on the opening day matches.
Goal keepers: Nathaniel Sherman (Barrack Young Controllers), Saydee Swen (LPRC Oilers), Tommy Sango (LISCR), Samsom Giddings (FC Fassell)
Defenders: Solomon Grimes(Nea Salamina, Cyprus), Trokon Zeon (LISCR FC), Gizzi Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel), Adolphus Marshall (PS Bangka, Indonesia), Aloysius Simulja (Fassell), Teah Dennis(Al Ahli, Jordan), Dirkir Glay (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Omega Roberts (FK Donji Srem Pećinci, Serbia), Farcia Raymond ( Monrovia Club Breweries)
Midfielders: Patrick Gerhardt (Sarawak, Malaysia), Anthony Snorti Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Sporo Somah (Sewe Sport), Zah Krangar (Felda United, Malaysia), Sekou Oliseh Jabateh (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Henry Berrian (Panathiama, Greece), Murphy Oscar Dolley (Monrovia Club Breweries)
Forwards: William Jebor (Rio Aves, Portugal), Francis Grandpa Doe (NS Matrix, Malaysia), Sam Johnson (Djurgarden, Sweden), Sekou Konneh (Foruna Sittard, Netherland), James Soto Roberts (LPRC Oilers), Mark Paye (Barrack Young Controllers)