5 detained Lone Star delegation members pardoned
By Sylvester Worwee
Five members of Lone Star delegation detained for illegal entry into Morocco have been released, after the intervention of the Liberian Embassy in that country, a well-placed source in the Moroccan Capital, Rabat has confirmed.
Liberia Football Association president, Musa Bility has also confirmed the release of police officer Victor Boyah and four others who were stop at the airport by Moroccan authorities.
Mr. Bility informed sports journalist Danesius Marteh late Monday evening that five persons traveling with the national team of Liberia, including policeman Victor Boyah, had small problems at the airport.
The LFA boss said the word ‘detention’ is not the right choice of word because no member of the Lone Star delegation was detained as is being speculated.
He further disclosed that the matter has been resolved and that officer Boyah and others, whose identities were not disclosed have been cleared and have since rejoined the rest of the delegation in Rabat.
Earlier, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Henry Yonton refuted reports that his immediate boss, Minister Saah N’tow was also denied access to the Moroccan territory, but at the same time confirmed that some members of the Lone Star delegation had problem with their travel documents and were being held at the airport in Morocco.
He clarified that the Youth and Sports Minister, who is heading the delegation decided to stay with the delegation members who were refused entry by Moroccan authority, on the basis of humanity, as abandoning them would have worsen the situation.
According to him, the Liberian Embassy in Morocco was immediately contacted to intervene in the matter, while Minister N’tow remained with his fellow citizens at the airport, where it’s reported that they spent the night on Sunday.
It can be recalled a high power Lone Star delegation departed the country in the early hours of August 28 via the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, to hold a five-day training camp in Morocco.
Liberia is expected to play Morocco Under-23 side in a friendly on August 31 before flying to Tunisia to take on the Cartage Eagles in a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday, September 4.
The two countries are level at the top of Group A on 10 points, heading into the final group matches.
The other group members, Togo on eight points and ‘points donor’ Djibouti, with zero point meet at the Kegue Stadium in Lome on the same date.
Only the group winners and the two best second-placed finished are guarantee qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals, slated for the 14 January – 5 February 2017.
The referee for Tunisia versus Liberia decisive match is English-born South African football referee, Daniel Frazer Bennett.
He will be assisted by fellow countrymen Zakhele Thusi Siwela and Mothibidi Stevens Khumalo as Assistant Referee 1 & 2 respectively.
The venue is the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir, some 182 meters from the Tunisian Capital, Tunis.