2022 World Cup: Lone Star Leave for final qualifiers matches with Nigeria, CAR in Morocco

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A delegation of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) headed by Madam Roseline Hunter-Konneh Vice-president of Orange First Division side Mighty Barrolle have departed Liberia for the final round of matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Lone Star’s delegation left Monrovia on Monday night as per a publication on the LFA’s official Facebook handle.

Liberia Lone Star will honor their last two games in the qualifying series of the global football showpiece on match-day five (5) and six (6) against the Nigeria Super Eagles and the Beats of Central African Republic.

The Lone Star are expected to take on Nigeria on November 13 before hosting CAR three days after.

The Stadé Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco will be used by Liberia for the duel owing to a CAF’s sanction placed on the SKD Stadium in Paynesville.

Other delegates on the trip are LFA Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Benedict Yarsiah, LFA Media Videographer and Photographer Salia Kamara, and Journalist Christopher Walker of Front Page Africa.

The technical team making up the delegation are Head Coach Peter Butler along with his technical staff of Assistant Coach Christopher Wreh, Trainer George Gebro, Goalkeeper Trainer Nathaniel Sherman who replaced his predecessor Sunday Sieh, and Team Doctor Torsou Jallabah.

The other officials are Administrative Manager Sebastian Collins, Kit Manager Tommy Johnson, Physiotherapist Patrick Konuwa, and Kit man Sunnyboy Mason.

Also on board are Watanga’s trio of Derrick Julu, Carlos Williams, and Alvin Maccornel: LPRC Oilers’ defensive duo of Sampson Dweh and Ben Benaiah, and LISCR shot stopper Tommy Songo’s.

LFA President Mustapha Raji and the rest of the squad made-up of oversea players will join the team in Tangier, Morocco in the coming days.

Lone Star's Head Coach Peter Butler and his newly appointed Goalkeeping Coach Nathaniel Sherman at the Roberts International Airport enroute to Morocco photo by: LFA Media
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Lone Star’s Head Coach Peter Butler and his newly appointed Goalkeeping Coach Nathaniel Sherman at the Roberts International Airport enroute to Morocco photo by: LFA Media

Liberia head into the Match-day 5 and 6 clashes as the underdogs in Group-C following a poor performances from their last two crucial outings against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.

Butler and his men lost both fixtures on match-day three and four last month to the Cape Verdeans.

They are positioned at the bottom of the four teams log with 3 points after four games, losing 3 and winning just one.

Liberia lost to Nigeria on Match-day one at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria on September 3rd before finding consolation with a victory in their second match against the Beasts of CAR on the 6th of September.

But, a back-to-back defeats to Cape Verde last month brought dark cloud on the Lone Star’s already fragile World Cup qualifiers prospect.

As it stands, the Super Eagles are first on the table with 9 points followed by Cape Verde on 7 points, and then third placed CAR with 4 points.

With only a team expected to qualify from this Group, pundits have tipped the Super Eagles as the favorites to survive from the pot.

Full squad for the Nigeria and Central African Republic clash:

Goalkeepers:
Derrick JULU (Watanga FC, Liberia), Tommy SONGO’S (LISCR FC, Liberia) and Boison Wynney de SOUZA (FC Someșul Dej, Romania)

Defenders:
Sampson DWEH (LPRC Oilers, Liberia) Ben BENAIAH (LPRC Oilers, Liberia), Alvin MACCORNEL (Watanga FC, Liberia) Carlos WILLIAMS (Watanga FC, Liberia), Prince BALDE (FC Drita, Kosovo), Jamal ARAGO (Sabail FK, Azerbaijan) and Mark PABAI (PEC Zwolle, Netherlands)

Midfielders:
Abrahim SOUMAORO (Paeek FC, Cyprus), Seth Kanteh HELLBERG (IK Brage, Sweden), Allen NJIE (FC Aarau, Switzerland), Marcus MACAULAY (Sahab FC, Jordan), Oscar Murphy DORLEY (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Justin SALMON (Degerfors IF, Sweden) and Abu KAMARA (FC Makedonija, North Macedonia)

Forwards:
Peter WILSON (Olympiakos Nicosia, Cyprus), Moussa SANOH (CS Mioveni, Romania), Van-Dave HARMON (KF Laci, Albania), Kpah SHERMAN (Kedah FC, Malaysia) and Sylvanus NIMLEY (Ilves, Finland).

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