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Liberia’s Lone Star delegation departs for Morocco for ties with Nigeria, CAR

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A Liberian delegation of officials and local players left the country’s capital, Monrovia for Morocco for Match Day 5 & 6 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.

Liberia, although with the remotest chance of qualifying from the Group C of the World Cup qualifiers in Africa, have the luxury of a back-to-back home games.

But the home games are moved away from home and they settled for Tangier in Morocco.

They complete their Group C World Cup campaign with home matches on Saturday, 13 November against group leaders Nigeria and three days later against third-placed candidates, Central African Republic (CAR).

The delegation is led by Mighty Barrolle Vice President, Mrs. Roseline Hunter-Konneh. The team in Tangier include Liberia FA Deputy Secretary for legal affairs Benedict Yarsiah, Media Videographer and Photographer Salia Kamara, and Journalist Christopher Walker of Front Page Africa.

The other members of the delegation were: Head Coach Peter Butler, Assistant Coach Christopher Wreh, Trainer George Gebro, Goalkeeper Trainer Nathaniel Sherman who replaced his predecessor Sunday Sieh, and Team Doctor Torsou Jallabah.

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The delegation also included: Administrative Manager Sebastian Collins, Kit Manager Tommy Johnson, Physiotherapist Patrick Konuwa, and Kit man Sunnyboy Mason.

The local players on the delegation were: the Watanga contingent of Derrick Julu, Carlos Williams, and Alvin Maccornel, LPRC Oilers’ defensive duo of Sampson Dweh and Ben Benaiah, and LISCR shot stopper Tommy Songo’s.

Other members of the Lone Star contingent which will include LFA President Mustapha Raji and oversea players will join the team in Tanger, Morocco in the coming days.

Below is the complexion of the full Lone Star squad assembled by Peter Butler for the two rubber stamp qualifiers.

GOALKEEPERS: Derrick JULU (Watanga FC, Liberia), Tommy SONGO’S (LISCR FC, Liberia) and Boison Wynney de SOUZA (FC Someșul Dej, Romania)

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DEFENDERS: Sampson DWEH (LPRC Oilers, Liberia) Ben BENAIAH (LPRC Oilers, Liberia), Alvin MACCORNEL (Watanga FC, Liberia) Carlos WILLIAMS (Watanga FC, Liberia), Prince BALDE (FC Drita, Kosovo), Jamal ARAGO (Sabail FK, Azerbaijan) and Mark PABAI (PEC Zwolle, Netherlands)

MIDFIELDERS: Abrahim SOUMAORO (Paeek FC, Cyprus), Seth Kanteh HELLBERG (IK Brage, Sweden), Allen NJIE (FC Aarau, Switzerland), Marcus MACAULAY (Sahab FC, Jordan), Oscar Murphy DORLEY (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Justin SALMON (Degerfors IF, Sweden) and Abu KAMARA (FC Makedonija, North Macedonia)

FORWARDS: Peter WILSON (Olympiakos Nicosia, Cyprus), Moussa SANOH (CS Mioveni, Romania), Van-Dave HARMON (KF Laci, Albania), Kpah SHERMAN (Kedah FC, Malaysia) and Sylvanus NIMLEY (Ilves, Finland)

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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