The national female soccer team, Lone Star, has intensified training for its March 8 trip to Freetown.
The team, currently training at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, is under Coaches J. Kaitu Smith, Jenkins Doe, German Coach Fabius Mauer, Janjay Jacobs, Hazel Gray, Benjamin Saydee and several others.
The Observer observed the players responding to the physical exercises of the coaches as they juggled with balls, and ran back and forth to gain speed and stamina, as well as control. Players were paired in twos, and goalkeepers Mamie Kamara and Patricia Klon were kept busy, rushing this way and that way to prevent the ball from entering the net as goalkeeper training coaches looked on with interest.
The atmosphere was calm and players, including Taawa Bundoo, Mercy Marva, skipper and midfielder Kebbeh Lamin and Christine Mulbah, Margaret Stewart, among others, responded to the challenges from the coaches. The coaches carried out drills as well as verbal instructions to encourage them when any of them lacked behind in working along with their respective partners.
A sizable number of soccer fans were on hand to cheer the ladies. The spirited performance of champion club, Barrack Young Controllers against their Ivorian counterparts last Sunday has increased interest of soccer fans, and it is good for Liberian football.
According to an official at the LFA, the team is expected to depart for Freetown, Sierra Leone for a friendly match against their Sierra Leonean counterparts in celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8.
The Daily Observer visited the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday and witnessed an intensive participation of the players in training exercises being carried out by the technical team. “They are doing wonderful as you can see them working very hard,” Coach Kaetu Smith said.
Meanwhile, LFA Executive Committee member on women football, Mr. Wallace Weiah expressed appreciation for the phenomenal growth of women football in the country. “At least for the first time,” he said, “we have quality women involved in developing women football.” Weiah said the new trend in female football is encouraging and the players should take advantage of the new development to make Liberia proud.
Soccer fans told the Daily Observer that they are gratified at the level of interest in female football since Madam Ciata Bishop took over the female game as its president. “It is good news and I am convinced that the game will improve as well,” a fan said.