The national team, Lone Star, is set to depart the country on Sunday, October 7, to honor their first leg clash against the Republic of Congo in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The first leg between the two teams is slated for Thursday, October 11, at the Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Congo national team stadium in Brazzaville.
According to reports, the first delegation comprising local players and technical staffs will depart the country via the Roberts International Airport and transit in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Nairobi, Kenya, before taking off for their final destination, Brazzaville.
The second batch of players, foreign-based, will also begin departing their respective foreign base countries on October 7.
Both Liberia and Congo will be going into the match desperately in search for their first win in Group G after securing a point from their previous two outings.
The Lone Star had an opportunity to collect their first three points on September 9, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports after dominating against DR Congo and later took the lead in the 62nd minute, but ‘lost concentration’ in the remaining quarter of the match that resulted in the 1-1 stalemate.
A win for coach Thomas Kojo and his boys will become a sigh of relief and keep the country’s hope alive to qualify for the 2019 nations cup.
Ahead of the country’s double clash, Newcastle U23 midfielder Mohammed Sangare, one of the foreign-based players invited by coach Kojo, has for the second time withdrawn from the squad due to fears of not getting back to the UK.
According to the UK sports magazine, MAG, Sangare is still waiting for his UK residence permit to be re-issued and if he had still travelled to play for Liberia, he would have struggled to get back into the UK.
The 19 year old says he has to wait until November for an appointment and so as well as having to miss two African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo, he is more than likely to miss November’s internationals as well.
“I can’t wait to play for Liberia but it’s this resident permit that is holding me back.
“I have spoken to my manager and he wants me to go and play for Liberia. I really want to go to Liberia.
“This residence permit is out of my control now and there is nothing I can do about it, I have chased it up and the next appointment is in November,” Sangare told the British sports magazine.
In another development, former national team captain Anthony Laffor’s chances of featuring in the Congo match is still in doubt after the 33-year-old was ruled out of Mamelodi Sundowns midweek fixture against Bloem Celtic in the Absa Premiership.
Lone Star Full Squad
- Boison Wynney de Souza
- Ashley Williams
- Tommy Songo
- Kemoh Kamara
- Teah Dennis
- Alvin Maccornel
- Aloysius Simujla
- Joel Johnson
- Adolphus Marshall
- Anthony Snoti Laffor
- Murphy Dorley
- Sylvanus Nimely
- Tonia Tisdell
- Terrence Tisdell
- Allen Njie
- Saah Nyumah
17. William Jebor
18. Kpah Sherman
19. Sam Johnson