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George "Wizard" McDonald Sacko

"George was born in 1936 and grew up to become a great soccer star in Liberia and won the hearts of many Liberian soccer fans. Mr. Sacko served as Captain of Liberia's National Soccer team, the Lone Star from 1961 to 1970.

A rare feat in Liberia's sport history, Mr. Sacko captained both the Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle soccer teams. He was IE captain from 1961 to 1965 and the Mighty Barrolle captain from 1966 to 1970.

The national soccer team of Liberia was first constituted in 1954. The newly constituted national soccer team was then called the "Probables". It was organized just in time to participate in a scheduled Abidjan International football competition. The "Probables" were actually the trailblazers of what is known today as the "Lone Star."

The Liberian National Soccer team came to be called the Lone Star on February 15, 1964, the Liberian Football Association (LFA) at an emergency meeting. Support for the name gained favor when Liberian and Ghanaian newspapers began to use it in their headlines and news stories during the Olympic elimination series.



By the 1960s, George had stamped his authority on the Liberian soccer scene, becoming the captain of the Lone Star and providing tremendous leadership to the Lone Star. As a captain, he was admired and respected. In those days, he played for the love of country. He can be described as a patriot and nationalist.




George played with some of the most outstanding Liberian soccer stars like goalkeeper, David Momo and defender, Jadeh Williams, Phillip Robinson (Player/Coach), Marr Sarr, Sam Massaquoi, Wanibo Toe, Charles Woeful, John "Monkey" Brown, George Sacko, Charles Bismark, Jackson Weah, Jasper Wreh Domino, Sam Williams, Teah Wilson, Borbor Gaye; his brother, Garrison Sacko (Bulldozer) just to list a few."