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Liberia begins buildup for Angola clash

By Richard Manuba
Coach Jerico and Kojo
Coach Jerico and Kojo

 ( Technical Staff of Liberia’s National Team, the Lone Star, says it has submitted a training-plan to the Liberia Football Association (LFA) for endorsement.

The disclosure was made to mylbsonline Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Monrovia by LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah.

The document contains schedules of the team’s preparation to faceoff with Angola’s Palancas Negras next month.

Mr. Armah said: “The FA has immediately accepted the technical plan in good faith and will surely support the team’s training ahead of the Luanda clash.”

Earlier this year, when the LFA officially ended its 3-year contract with the mobile/telecommunications company, Cellcom GSM, there was some toiling in bankrolling the Lonestar’s fixtures in the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations and the pending Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This paradigm-shift has left the LFA with the only alternative of reverting to the National Government’s support in the form of raising funds from public corporations.

These public corporations include mainly the National Oil Company (NOCAL), Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) and the National Port Authority (NPA).

The fund raising runs counter to the LFA’s boast that its campaign platform, “commercialization” would have fueled the FA’s operations.

When mylbsonline reporter raised inquiry on the issue, the LFA Chief Scribe said: “We, right now, have no official sponsor of the National Team since our sponsorship with Cellcom ended.”

“We are looking forward to renewing our relations with the telecom company.”

He said: “The football house will do all in trying-might to get the Lonestar delegation off to Luanda in September, while we hold talks with the team’s former sponsor.”

“Whether the Lonestar wins, or lose in Angola, they will not participate in the Brazil World Cup qualifiers, as they failed to collect the vital three points from home matches, and also lost away to Senegal and Uganda.”

The team set up a 0-0 draw with Angola in Monrovia.

Senegal now tops their group with 9 points, followed by Uganda 8, while Angola and Liberia have 4 each.

The cream of home-based players have ended club duties with the top flight league now experiencing a break, while the overseas contingent are as well experiencing pre-season break, traveling to various regions to honor friendlies.


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