The Lone Star of Liberia is in the Ivorian capital Abidjan for a World Cup Qualifiers return leg with the Elephants of Ivory Coast.
The home side exhibited a spirited performance last Thursday against Africa’s reigning champions at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, though they lost 1-0 to the visitors. The Liberian delegation in Ivory Coast for today’s match includes Musa Bility, LFA president; Coach James Debbah, assistant coaches Kelvin Sebwe and Thomas Kojo, among others officials.
Lone Star’s midfielders for the game are Al-seny Keita, Zah Krangar, Anthony Laffor, and Tonia Tisdell; forwards include Sekou Conneh, William Jabor, Dion Williams and Patrick wleh. Goalkeepers Tommy Songo and Samson Giddings are on the squad, while Defenders are Teah Dennis, Patrick Gerhardt, Dirkir Glay, Adolphus Marshall and Solomon Grimes, among others Other members of the delegation are: former LFA president Representative Edwin Snowe; LFA Vice President Musa Shannon; Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pelhnam; Sabastine Moah, Malcolm Joseph and Hiliary Konoe.
The delegation left here Sunday for Abidjan and underwent rigorous Ebola screening at the airport that lasted for one hour. Before the Lone Star’s departure from Liberia, Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf hailed the players for their spirited performance in Monrovia against the Elephants.
The Chief Patron of Sports then gave the players an undisclosed package as motivation and promised the boys more if they achieve a win over the Ivoirans today. At the same time, Liberian businessman George Kailando, presented US$2,000 to the team with a promise of additional US$20,000 if the Elephants are defeated.
By Sally Gaye -Edited by Jonathan Browne