With barely 11 days to the Lone Star’s second 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier match against the Eagle of Mali in Bamako, a credible source inside the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has revealed to our Sports Department that the team will on October 4th 2010; leave the country for Bamako, Mali.
Our source disclosed that the foreign based players invited for the Liberia versus Mali encounter are expected to arrive in Mali between the 4th and the 7th of October 2010. The rest of the contingent is preparing to touch down the Malian soil on Monday, October 4, 2010.
At least a total of 15 foreign based players have been invited by Lone Star head Coach, Bertalan Bicskei, to biff up the strength of the team.
Those invited to don the Liberian colors are Super sports United of South Africa’s skipper and National team Captain, Anthony Laffor, Russian based CSKA Moscow talisman, Sekou Jabateh, Amadia Rennie of Swedish Elsborg and Egyptian Al Ahly striker, Francis Grandpa-Doe.
According to information on the LFA official website, other invitees are Midfielders, Romanian based Astra Ploesti ball distributer Ben Teekloh, Steven Mennoh of Persipasi bekasi (Indonesia), free agents Patrick Doeplah, Divid Gbemie and Turkish midfield giant, Theo Weeks.
The rest of them are, Western Stima Kenyan based Alex Karmo, Jimmy Dixon of Manisaspor football club in Turkey, Ethnikos Piraeus of Greece ball clearer, Solomon Grimes and Gizzi Dorbor who play in Israel.
Mali hosts Liberia on October 9. Reports from Mali say that authorities of the football house there have taken disciplinary measures against several players who took part in the game against Cape Verde.
Cape Verde defeated Mali one goal to zero on September 5th; dumping the Eagles to the last position in group A. Cape Verde occupies the first place, Liberia second and Zimbabwe third.
Meanwhile, the Malian side is said to have sent for its professional players to lead the match against Liberia, a precautionary action to avoid a bitter surprise in Bamako on October 9. A victory of the Lone Star in Mali and a draw between Zimbawe and Cape Verde will propel Liberia to the first place in group A.
A dream that is indeed realizable with an experienced coach like Bertalan Bicskei, and skillful players like Sekou Jabateh and Emmanuel Wonneh.