By Sylvester Worwee
Liberia Football Association has angrily reacted to Government decision to cancel Liberia’s Friendly with Libya.
The Lone Star was scheduled to play the Mediterranean Knights in a non-approved FIFA friendly on January 24, but the match was cut off barely eleventh hour to kickoff.
No international football has been played on Libyan soil since the uprising in 2011.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Yonton said Government acted in line with FIFA and CAF ban imposed on the North African nation.
“Owing to the prevailing situation in Libya, it’s not advisable for us to send our citizens to that country.
“It’s Government obligation to ensure the safety of its citizens, so it’s on this basis that we have communicated with the LFA not to send the national team to Libya,” Minister Yonton disclosed at the weekend.
However, LFA Vice President for Administration Musa Shannon says Government action to cancel Liberia-Libya friendly was premature.
The LFA first vice president said Government’s decision is purely based on rumors circulating on social media, rather than advice from security experts.
Shannon wonders when it became a concern for the Government of Liberia that sending the national team to war-torn countries is a risk.
“I traveled to Congo Brazzaville and other war-torn countries with Lone Star, the Ex-Liberian international pondered.
He further iterated that it was prudent then, to send him and others to war-torn countries but forbidden to do so now.
According to Musa Shannon’s Wikipedia page, the former Marítimo forward represented Liberia at senior level between 2000 and 2001, scoring 1 goal in 12 appearances.