What Next for Lone Star?

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It makes sense to re-examine your life when tragedy strikes with the hope that you can learn from whatever might have been responsible for it.

It is after then that you can set things that were not right proper with the hope that the future could be better than the past.

This reminds me of the popular Liberian Gospel song, titled: ‘A New Day.’ The lyric in that song reflects on the danger of yesterday with a cry to God that what happened yesterday should not repeat itself.

Liberian soccer fans should take consolation in that particular song since the national team will always take part in competitions organized by FIFA and CAF.

In fact the 2016 Gabon Nations Cup resumes in March next year and Liberia has Djibouti to play twice (home and away); will play Togo at home and the 4th match will be in Tunis, Tunisia.

So, instead of weeping over spilt milk, we must get over the Ivorian defeat and take decisions that may re-commit us to work for the games ahead.

True, losing to such an incredible margin (3-0) is not something to joke with and not for the weak heart. Luckily for us, there have not been reports about Liberians who might have gotten sick because of the defeat.

While that scenario is yet to play itself out, our painful reaction was clear how much trust we have in the current group of Lone Star players. There were Liberians who could not even dream of Lone Star losing to The Elephants, no matter how the Ivorians’ status of being the current African Champions was explained to them.

Now some of questions we need to examine objectively are: How much preparation did we put in to get our players to match against the Ivorians? Could it not be that because William Jerbo completed a hat-trick against Guinea Bissau and in Bissau, it created the impression that Liberia was ready to take on the world?

And of course, winning abroad can be deceptive, especially so if your opponent is not that known in the game itself, compare with others who have made their marks in soccer world.

So to attempt to answer the question about how much preparation the Lone Star had before the Ivorian debacle, you will realize it was next to nothing.

We did not play any test match to measure our strength. We did not get our players in Liberia many days to play games together to get use to each other before the Ivorian encounter.

And in the first game against Ivorians, Lone Star had to wait 45 minutes before rising to the game when the damage had already been done. The team could not and did not stamp its authority on the match, despite the fact that we were playing at home.

The lesson here is: we must learn to win at home. What does that mean? I don’t know and I think the LFA and the technical team can come up with suggestions.

Another point is: we must learn to prevent our opponents every chance to do everything with the ball. We must learn from the Ivorian disaster that to win, we must develop players with enough stamina.

There are more things we could do, but for now we must ask for a NEW DAY by learning from yesterday.


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