Lonestar next Opponent on Hold for CAF Draw
The senior national team of Liberia, Lone star, has taken a
major step in cruising through to its third Nations cup
berth after South Africa in 1996 and Mali in 2002.
The Lone star led by Head Coach Kaytu Smith, held the Brave
warriors of Namibia to a 0-0 tie to move pass the South
However, Liberia now awaits the Confederation of African
Football or CAF to decide the next opponent on the road to
South Africa Nations cup finals in 2013.
On September 23, 2010, a decision of CAF executive committee
ruled to change the timetable for the holding of AFCON from
even to odd years for the preliminary stages and selected
South Africa to host the edition which comes back-to-back
with 2012 edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Moreover, a weighted coefficient on points was given to each
of the last three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations as
2012 edition: points to be multiplied by 3
2010 edition: points to be multiplied by 2
2008 edition: points to be multiplied by 1
If two countries are equal in the number of points in the
above classification the number of points that they have
accumulated throughout all their matches played in the last
3 final tournaments of the CAN will determine their ranking
(on the basis of 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and
0 for a match lost).
The teams will be divided into two pots based on the
ranking. Each tie will contain one team from each pot.
Note: Teams in italics are still competing in the first
round and not yet certain of qualifying for the second
In the first direct elimination, Liberia qualified by
default over Mauritius in 2011, before being paired against
Namibia. Liberia won the first leg 1-0 on 29 February 2012,
and eventually qualified to the final round haven held the
latter to a scoreless draw away on 16, June 2012.
According to the schedule, the next and last round of direct
elimination amongst nations that did not attend the 2012
Nations cup is between September 7-9, and October 12-14,
2012. The actors at the last AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial
Guinea (with the two hosts going into a playoff) will be
drawn against Liberia and others with each winner from the
home and away matches in September and October marching to
Who will Mama Liberia face? CAF decides soon!!
Lone star’s pending matches:
September 7-9, 2012 (unknown opponent)
October 12-14, 2012 (unknown opponent)
March 22-26, 2013 Liberia vs. Uganda…. ...Monrovia
June 7-11, 2013 Uganda vs. Liberia……..Kampala
June 14-18, 2013 Liberia vs. Senegal……...Monrovia
September 6-10, 2013 Angola vs. Liberia…..Angola