Liberia Ready for Togo Crunch Encounter
…Invites 25 Players
By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
At least 25 players are being invited for the upcoming African Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Togo slated for June 4, 2106 in Monrovia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, official says.
According to the Local FA President, Musa Hassan Bility, Head CoachJames S. Debbah has told him that all is said to be in place, that the best collection of Liberian football talents beselected for the pending match.
Although, Mr. Bility did not name the 25 players, he said great hands are on deck to ensure Liberia wins the match.
“We don’t want a situation where when there are issues you have to scratch your head so we are sending for a 25 man strong squad,” Bility stated.
The LFA President said the football house believes in the ability of the technical staff and the players to take Liberia to its first nation’s cup finals since 2002.
He said Liberia has written 7 countries for international friendly matches, ahead of the Togo game but awaiting response.
Liberia is prepared to finance any friendly match but all we need is the confirmation of our invitation.
“Countries are having difficulties in arranging friendly matches because of the international schedule and the availability of teams.
This situation is not only in Liberia’s case but all other countries,” he averred.
The LFA President said Liberia hopes to hear from either Guinea or Sierra Leone in the next 10 days and all will be done once either of the country agreed for a match before the Togo qualifier.
“Resources promised by the government of Liberia will be made available far ahead of time for the game,” the LFA President disclosed.
Mr. Bility said a budget submitted to the government has been approved and it will cover transportation for the 25 players, hotel accommodation, the game daily sustenance allowance and other logistics.
“We are prepared and we hope that the best will happen,” Bility boastfully said.
He called on Liberians to rally around the players, LFA and technical staff for a deserved national victory while urging the players to do all they can to win the match as they have all the financial, moral and technical support.
Mr. Bility said Liberia is well on course with both the technical and administrative sides of the game.