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Keeping Hope Alive or Dashed: Liberia vs. Namibia

February 29 may just be another day for the National Team to either keep the hope of Liberians alive or dashed. In the qualifying series of the 2013 Africa Cup of nations, the Lone Star will host Namibia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia.

The team, headed by former Lone Star’s right back Thomas Kojo as care-taker coach and Kelvin Sebwe as his deputy may have a good result on Wednesday depending on the commitment of the players, especially international players invited for the match.

Already, the Technical Team has brought in nine international players, including CSK Moscow’s skipper Sekou Jabateh on a rescue mission for Liberia. Deputy Coach Kelvin Sebwe’s experience as a former midfielder is expected to set up the midfield from the legs of French-based defender Al-Ansley Keita as defensive block, and may be paired with Theo Weeks who replaced Ben Teekloh.

Even though Francis Grandpa Doeis may be out of the team due to his club’s unwillingness to release him, Patrick Wleh of Sime Derby in the Malaysia’s Super League and Dioh Williams of Swedish side BK Hacken will lead the Lone Star attack. Their attacks will be facilitated by Sekou Jabateh and Anthony Laffor.

Other local players eyeing starting slot are defensive midfielder Martin Kandu, defender Trokon Zeon for Solomon Grimes, Leon Power of BYC, Gideon Williams of LISCR FC, striker Ballah Somah of Watanga FC, as well as James Soto Roberts of LPRC Oilers, Emmanuel Wanneh of Jubilee FC, Francis Garlo from BYC, Vatali Sie and defender Alvin Dixon of LISCR FC.

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