The action in Group H of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers continues as Liberia and Equatorial Guinea clash at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex on Monday.
The two nations enter the game with differing results from the opening day, with Nzalang Nacional securing a narrow victory over Namibia.
Liberia faced a setback in their 2026 World Cup qualifiers opener, suffering a 1-0 defeat against Malawi. Teenage striker Chifundo Mphasi emerged as the hero for the Flames, securing the winning goal in the 78th minute. Liberia aims to break a five-game losing streak, striving for a win after eight winless matches.
Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, had a promising start with a 1-0 victory over Namibia. Emilio Nsue, the former Middlesbrough and Birmingham City player, found the net in the 64th minute. The Nzalang Nacional’s strong performance in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, finishing second in Group J, sets a positive tone for their World Cup campaign.
For Liberia, injuries to Brem Soumaoro and goalkeeper Boison Wynney might pose challenges. Ashley Williams is likely to start in goal, with Divine Teah, Nohan Kenneh, and captain Oscar Dorley forming the midfield. Kpah Sherman is expected to lead the attack.
Equatorial Guinea, buoyed by an injury-free victory, might stick with the same XI. The defensive line could feature Carlos Akapo, Esteban Orozco, Saul Coco, and Basilio Ndong, shielding goalkeeper Jesus Owono. Emilio Nsue, after his decisive goal, is set to lead the attack alongside Iban Salvador and Josete Miranda.
Liberia Possible Starting Lineup:
Williams; Alajarin, Dweh, Sangare, Jamal; Teah, Dorley, Kenneh; Tisdell, Sherman, Kamara
Equatorial Guinea Possible Starting Lineup:
Owono; Akapo, Orozco, Coco, Ndong; Bikoro, Ganet; Salvador, Machin, Miranda; Nsue