Lone Star Sparks Light in Ellen’s Eyes
Gives US$75,000; Promises More Downing the Eagles
By Leroy M. Sonpon
Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was
for the second time, out of words, to express her joy and
satisfaction over the Lone Star of Liberia thrilling
performance in her presence.
President Sirleaf’s smiles were buttressed and demonstrated
with greetings to the players, when she entered the Foreign
Ministry Wednesday night, saying: “I am proud…proud of
you…your made me proud yesterday (Tuesday),” as she waved
The beam in the President’s eyes, before making remarks,
tell it all about her quest of seeing the Lone Star at the
finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa,
which will mark their 3rd appearance after 10 years. Liberia
appeared twice at Afcon in 1996 and 2002.
“We all gathered courage and enthusiasm about yesterday’s
(Tuesday) game, but we have fear.
“But what we saw demonstrated the combination,
professionalism and team spirit. We are proud of you,” the
She added: “….to show how much we appreciate your success…we
like to give this check of US$75,000…and if you bring the
Eagles down…you will see what we will do again…,” the
President smiled and waved.
Football pundits believed that Lone Star’s convincing 2-0
win over ancient rival Black Stars of Ghana to clinch the
Presidential Friendship Cup in honor of President Sirleaf
depicted the protection of the sovereignty of the nation and
It can also be recalled the President was delighted over
Lone Star’s 1-0 win against the Flames of Malawi (in her
presence) last Tuesday and she gave US$5,000 to the Lone
Star for the win and US$3,000 to the Flames of Malawi for
The Chief Patron of Sports described Lone Star’s display as
marvelous which made her proud and promised to reciprocate
Meanwhile before the end of Wednesday’s Program, the
President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Musa
Bility disclosed that Cellcom has agreed to provide a
charter-flight for the national team’s trip to Nigeria in
“Let me make this brief announcement. I have just been told
by Avishai Marciano [Cellcom Chief Executive Officer] that
Cellcom will provide a 100-seater charter-flight for the
national team’s game with Nigeria.
“This is to say the company is not taking anything for
granted. We want to be in South Africa and this is the
beginning of our journey there,” Bility said.
Mr. Avishai Marciano and his chief corporate communications
strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks attended the president’s program
where she acknowledged their contribution to football.