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National team coach James Salinsa Debbah will call up at most 40 overseas players and at least 24 from the domestic league for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.

The CHAN competition is organized for players who feature in the local league, while the AFCON tournament is for both foreign based and local players.

Coach Debbah, in an interview at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday, said players would be used rotationally for both tournaments.

He divulged that the final choice of the local cream players would be climaxed this weekend by a kick off of practices on Monday, April 20, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

The delay in the selection of domestic players was owing to the stoppage of the domestic championship, explained Debbah who however revealed that his pick was based on visitations to club practices in and around Monrovia.

“I’m going to start on Monday with the players I have and basically there would be 22 and 23 players,” said Coach Debbah.

For the overseas-based players, Coach Debbah named Sam Johnson (in Sweden), William Jerboe (Portugal), Alex Nimely (England), and Baba Kar, a young Liberian who is playing in Italy, among others.

He dismissed reports that South African based Anthony Laffor remains captain of the Lone Star. Reports have it that he has verbally resigned.

Coach Debbah argued that a new coach has the right to retain or appoint a new captain, though he has not officially unveiled whether the ex-skipper would be among his 40 foreign based players.

Meanwhile, Coach Debbah stated that his technical team has proposed that the squad camp in Ghana to acclimatize with the Ghanaian weather, recognizing that Ghana and Togo have similar weather.

According to the fixture, the qualifying starts on the weekend of June 12, and Liberia will play Togo in Lome in the 2017 AFCON qualifier. Liberia is in Group A, alongside Tunisia, Togo and Djibouti

In the Orange African Nations Championship in Rwanda 2016, Liberia will play neighboring Guinea on the weekend of June 19. The return-leg is scheduled between July 3 and 5. Liberia is in the group with The Gambia, Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Sénégal and Sierra Leone.

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