Each Lone Star Player To Get US$3,500.00, If...
By Roland Mulbah
Each Player of the senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star is expected to walk away with US$3,500.00 if the red, white and blue outfit qualifies against Guinea Bissau today in the second legged of the Russia 2018 World Cup preliminary qualifier.
Upon arrival in Bissau yesterday, each player of the national team received US$1,000.00 and will later get US$2,500.00 each if the team wins or secures a 2-2 draw or better to qualify to the next round of the competition.
Lone Star, under the tutelage of former ‘Miracle Man’, James Salinsa Debbah, was forced to a 1-1 draw in the first legged last Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the famous Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.
With Liberia Football Association (LFA) President, Musa Hassan Bility heading the delegation to Bissau for the crucial return leg, the boys are said to be in high gear to qualifier the Lone Star to the next round of the competition.
The winner of the two legged engagement will battle Africa champions, Ivory Coast next month in another two legged duel with the winner qualifying to the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The biggest news for the Lone Star is that goal machine and Tunisia conqueror, Francis ‘Grandpa’ Forkey Doe is a major absentee after being dropped by the Debbah led technical staff hours before the team pickup for Bissau.
According to the Malaysia based striker, head coach Debbah walked in his hotel room Sunday afternoon and informed him that he will not travel with the team due to what the coach termed as family problem which the player is going through.
“Coach Debbah walked into my room and informed me to leave the camp and that I will not travel with the team because I have problem with my wife. I told the coach that yes I had problem with my wife even before the Tunisia match, but I was ready to play. He said he has reached a conclusion that I leave the camp,” Grandpa explained on a local radio sports show yesterday.
There have been mixed feelings in and around the country about the dropping of the goal customer with many criticizing coach Debbah for such decision.
Lone Star will have to do the upset against Guinea Bissau today with the team being a poor traveller after the famous Weah XI era.
After the famous Weah XI era, the national team of Liberia, Lone Star has been a poor traveller with no win from 27 away matches.
Out of the 27 away matches, the red, white and blue outfit has secured a single draw, with 26 defeats, 15 goals scored and 78 goals conceded.
Lone Star Delegation
Musa Hassan Bility -----President LFA Head of Delegation
James Debah -Coach
Kelvin Sebwe --Deputy Coach
Thomas Kojo ----Trainer
Washington Blaye--Administrative Manager
Sebastine Collins Logistics Manager
Ezekiel Hart ------------Caretaker
Abraham Wheon Journalist
Anthony Snoti Laffor