is only two days before the Liberia Lone Star soccer squad
engages its Malian counterpart – the Eagle of Mali on
Sunday, June 6 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
is wondering whether all nine of the professional players
that the Liberia Football Association extended invitations
would come down to beef up the team and pull a victory on
information in official sporting circles says one of the
nine professionals, defender-cum-striker Zizi Roberts is
demanding his an air ticket before leaving his Colorado base
for Sunday duel.
According to our sources, player Zizi is said to have
reminded the FA that he had on numerous occasions ferried
himself to honor invitations for Lone Star, but the FA A
have disputed his expenses.
said he would only come when a ticket is sent for him, but
not for him to pay for his won ticket that may be disputed
has so far come from the FA, but some officials of the local
football house confided that the statement by player Zizi
has caused some nervousness among FA officials and Lone Star
Meanwhile, Zizi is not the only professional player who has
not shown up since their invitations were reportedly
dispatched to them.
Oliver “Machine Man” Markor, and others are yet to show up
or inform the LFA on their decisions, whether or not they
would come to play the Sunday match.
pundits say the delay by the players to come down is already
an injury to the entire team.
guys need to come and practice together,” Mary Sorbie, a
football fan observed she wonders what could be the real
problem between the players and the FA.
and Sports Minister Wheatonia Barnes has been quoted as
saying that the government is faced with huge financial
problem and as such it is unable to get the players’ ticket
for them to come for the match on Sunday.
According to a Youth and Sports source, the Minister is said
to have guaranteed that the players will definitely get
their money upon their arrival in the country.
observers say the players may be acting on past experiences
where the government reneged on some of its promises.
sport follower at the LFA argued that the government under
Charles Taylor had endeavored to give the players their
Kadala Kromah and boys are far into practices and only a few
professionals have come to join their local colleagues.
camp and actively practicing with Lone Star local players
are James Debah and Sunday Sieh, and a few others
Professional player Frank Seator and others are in town, but
our FA sources say they are not amongst the nine players
National Team Coach Kadala Kromah picked for the match.
considering that the players needed are not around, those
around like Frank Seator, Henry Kollie, Isaiah Benson and
Godfred Miller might fill in the gap in the name of
nationalism and patriotism to give the Liberian people
something to rejoice about.
match, which is a joint qualification encounter for the
African Cup of Nations and the World Cup in 2006, is a tight
decider in a group of two keen favorites – Mali and Senegal.