The truth has come out at last, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s positive support to the national Amputee Lone Star should bring the message home to all.
The message is: she celebrates with the victors and not those who continue to embarrass her with disappointing results. President Sirleaf recently made a donation of a 22-seater bus to the Amputee Lone Star.
It was the president’s appreciation for the team’s numerous victories against other countries in football competitions.
In her last address to the nation, President Sirleaf chose, watch my word, deliberately chose to ignore the national team.
However, she commended the Amputee Lone Star for winning its version of the African Cup of Nations in Kenya.
So this Sunday, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, the national soccer team, Lone Star will host The Crocodiles of Lesotho, in their first leg encounter and if successful after the second leg in Maseru, will join Group C of the Afcon 2015 qualifying rounds sometime in September.
Though Lesotho is not known much in the African football, the team cannot be overlooked. Sadly, it seems that while Lone Star had 11 days to prepare, and while ‘lack of funds’ has been the culprit to have helped to bring home several of our professional players abroad, FA Boss Musa Bility cried on national radio about the Liberian government’s lack of interest in the national team.
Interestingly, Bility should have known it the moment President Sirleaf ignored the national team in her last annual message to the nation.
It is correct to state here that if the national team wants the president’s support in every way, then this Sunday should be the beginning of a new direction.
It means that on this Sunday against The Crocodiles of Lesotho, the Lone Star must win.
I am convinced that President Sirleaf has not ignored the national team because she does not believe in the players. She is unhappy because previous efforts to help the team to soar did not go as expected, and the team’s losses may have affected the president’s national transformation agenda.
If that is not the case, how else the president’s cold shoulder towards the national team should be understood.
But for eleven days and a team that has not played any test match to sharpen its winning edges against Lesotho, it makes it a total challenge for the handlers, as well as the players of the national team to, maybe find their way through.
Excitedly, Jr. Lone Star went through the same experience and managed to come up with flying colors, though narrowly. It is a record that the senior Lone Star must follow.
But my last question is: what can crocodiles do to the stars on the moon? Let Lone Star show Lesotho the answer.