Liberia shocked Tunisia with a 1-0 win in a Group A Day Two clash on Saturday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia. Striker Francis Doe’s goal on 79 minutes was enough to give Coach James Salinsa Debbah, his first victory as Lone Stars.
The victory on a wet afternoon served a sweet climax to the first match of the senior national team since the removal of the home due to the Ebola outbreak few months ago.
Doe headed home a Patrick Gerhardt cross from the right 11 minutes from time to give the West Africans their first win of the campaign.
Malaysia-based Gerhardt and Sam Johnson were the standout performers in the highly competitive Group A encounter on a soggy pitch in the capital on a rainy afternoon.
Gerhardt nearly shot Liberia ahead on the 27 minute, but his free-kick went beyond goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi.
The hosts kept alive their quest and brilliant coordination between Teah Dennis, who captained the team and Dirkir Glay kept the Tunisian attack led by Yassine Chikaoui and Saber Khalifa on the quiet.
Liberia’s hunger for the opener soared in the second half, leading to consistent pressure on the visitors’ backline. The final moment came in the 79th minute as Doe broke the deadlock to seal the famous victory at the expense of the highly rated Tunisians.
Togo sits at the apex of group standings with six points, Tunisia and Liberia follow in that order with three points with Djibouti pointless in that order.