AFCON Liberia were lucky in first leg and Djibouti will avenge – coach Okie Had

Djibouti coach Adbourahman Okie Had believes his side are in Monrovia to beat Liberia and progress to the next stage of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers despite their 2-0 defeat in Marrakech on Wednesday.

Liberia will take on Djibouti in the return leg of their preliminary qualifiers at the SKD Sports Complex defending a healthy 2-0 advantage, which leaves the visitors with a mountain task on Tuesday.

“What we expect foremost is a victory…during the first leg we created a lot of opportunities but we didn’t take it,” Okie Had told a press conference, adding: “They [Liberia] were lucky with the penalty and we made mistakes and Conceded the second. It’s been more than five years [eight years] since we lost to them back-to-back, but our football has evolved and this is a different Djibouti team.”

Hassan Hussein, Djibouti captain defended his boss adding that they travelled with a mandate to beat the Lone Stars. “Our mandate is to win and continue the tournament and as a striker, that’s the assigned task,” Hussein emphasised.

Djibouti must score twice to stand a chance of progressing. The visitors have lost their last three meetings in which they conceded eight goals and are yet to score against their hosts.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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