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AFRICAN CUP QUALIFIER WIN: HOW LIBERIA CLIPPED TUNISIA'S EAGLES

 Written by Danesius Marteh, danesius.marteh@frontpageafricaonline.com; A. Macaulay Sombai, macaulay.sombai@frontpageafricaonline.com

Published: 05 September 2015

 

Monrovia – After a string of loses including a June meltdown in Lome, Togo and a bout with the deadly Ebola virus outbreak, very few gave Liberia’s Lone Star, ranked 160, a footballing chance, especially after No. 1 goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman’s freak accident on the eve of a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against North African powerhouse, Tunisia, ranked 33rd in the World.

 But playing at home against the “Eagles of Carthage”, a team left for dead and labeled rejected stones by many skeptics, muster the courage and somehow found a will to win in what was for many a must-win duel.

 

Laffor-Doe Connection

 Francis Grandpa Doe scored 10 minutes from time to give Liberia a 1-0 win over the Tunisians at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Saturday. Doe, who was deemed surplus to requirements for the 2-1 defeat to Togo in Lome on June 14, headed home an Anthony Snothi Laffor corner to give head coach James Salinsa Debbah his first win in three matches since taking over from interim coach Thomas Kojo last November. 

It was his fourth international goal, having scored against Cameroon, Rwanda and Cape Verde in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. He top scored in Malaysian Premier League for NX Matrix where he bagged 17 league goals. Liberia could have won by a three or four-goal margin but Doe and striker partner William Jebor either had some moments of errors or were denied by goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi. 

The enthusiasm among fans at home and abroad was massive and the heavy downpour of rain couldn’t prevent them from trouping to the stadium in their national colors. There was a delay of at least five minutes to kick-off as stadium workers tried to dry the flooded artificial turf. But the playing surface did interrupt the free flowing football as defender Teah Dennis, wearing the captain’s armband, and his teammates tried to secure the three points in order to give the group a decent look. 

 Despite the early exchanges, there was nothing much to remember as the Tunisians tried to absorb the pressure and take their hosts on the break. And the closest Liberia came to scoring was when Anthony Snothi Laffor miscued a Doe pass, which was received from Zah Kranger, over Mathlouthi’s cross bar. After Doe’s goal, the Tunisians opened-up and Yasine Chikouqua, who scored a hat-trick against Djibouti on June 13, almost fashioned an equalizer when he received a defense splitting pass but Dirkar Glay was alert to prevent the danger.

 The win will ease the pressure on Debbah, who has come under some sustained media criticisms, to walk the game he has been preaching on Facebook. At a pre-match news conference on Friday at the Liberia Football Association headquarters, Debbah told Liberians to not expect much from his administration as he was appointed to build a national team.

 Several Coaches Have Tried 

But Liberia have been in search of a formidable team since most of the players in the George Weah-IX retired after the 2002 Nations Cup finals in Mali. Several coaches, including Kadala Kromah, Joseph Sayon, Antoine Hey of Germany, deceased Bertalan Bicskei of Hungary and Roberto Landi of Italy were all tasked with building a team. But Debbah, who was critical of past coaches, said it will take time to reinvent the winning days of the Weah-IX.

 Saylee Swen marked his return to the international scene after more than four years in the wilderness following a nasty cut over the left eye of undisputed number one goalie Nathaniel Sherman when he crashed into a transparent glass at the team’s Executive Lodge Hotel on Wednesday. And Swen dedicated the victory to Sherman, who is said to be gradually recovering from his facial injury.

 “First of all, I want to give the Almighty God thanks [for this victory]. It is by his power and grace that today I am victorious. Words are inadequate for me to express [how grateful I am] but I just want to give God the glory. “To you Nathaniel Sherman, wherever you are I say it is all over [for your injury and pain]. As Solo Densar is there for you, I will be there for you and we will work together,” a breathless Swen said. 

 Laffor quit international football when Lesotho beat Liberia 2-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Maseru in June 2014 to bow out 2-1 on aggregate. The Mamelodi Sundowns striker, who reconsidered his decision but was relieved of the captaincy, said the victory leaves the group wide open.

 Laffor Pleads for Unity

 “Our victory today came through the understanding of the players, our head coach and members of his technical staff and we hope to do more in our remaining games in the competition. I call on my fellow players for us to remain united as we struggle,” Laffor, who is based in South Africa, said.

 Vice President Joseph Boakai was the guest of honor and led an array of dignitaries, including Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, Defense Minister Brownie Sumakai, Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, LFA President Musa Bility, Montserrado County Representative Edwin Snowe (also a former LFA President) and the political leader of Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.

 Speaking to UNMIL Radio after the match, Nagbe said it is now time for government to invest more in football. “They received their per diems on time; they were on camp on time and it was a very efficient organization. Yes, there will always be need for more money. Perhaps, this win will help me to make the case for more funding for the national teams,” Nagbe said.

 But Ngafuan was understandably delighted with Debbah, who performed a miracle amidst the lack of a winning mentality, which has been hanging over the team for many years. “Well, let me firstly lavish tons of praises on coach James Salinsa Debbah. You know, for a very long time, I have not seen the Lone Star played like this. It is not just beating the game, through luck, but we dominated the game from the beginning to the end.

 “There was no time when the Lone Star was shaky. I want to thank all the boys for being united and playing with maturity. I think this is the kind of Lone Star we have been craving for and we all need to do all we can to support this team,” said Ngafuan, who provided one of the Chinese-donated buses, that took the team to the stadium.  Liberians on social network sites, who couldn’t be at the ATS for one reason or another, were thrilled with the result.

 “We waited so long for this national emotional relief, and finally the Lone Star brightens the nation's heart. What a deserving victory over Tunisia! Halla Liberia! The Lone Star Forever!” Patrick M’bayo, a former deputy minister for youth services at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, wrote on facebook. Former Monrovia Black Stars vice president Timothy Paulus also commented on the Sports Extra Facebook group.

 Togo Remains Unbeaten in Group A

 

“My young friend, the national team is like your parents. Whether the team performs well or not, we are all under obligation to continue to support them. Whether your parents succeed in life or not, they do not cease to be your parents. They are your parents as long as they live and as long as you live so is our national team. So Go Lone Star Go. Victory [is sure] all the way!”

 

Elsewhere in the group, Togo won their second straight game by beating Djibouti 2-0 on Friday without star striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Unwanted by Tottenham Hotspurs, the 31-year-old failed to respond to a call-up following a row over the captaincy ahead of Togo’s 2-1 win over Liberia in Lome on June 14. New captain Serge Akakpo wasted little time in making an impact, scoring after three minutes, before Jonathan Ayite doubled the lead before half-time. Togo lead Group A with six points while Djibouti are bottom with no point.

 

Elsewhere in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Comoros 0 vs Uganda 1; Seychelles 1 vs Ethiopia 1; Burundi 2 vs Niger 0; Namibia 0 vs Senegal 2; Rwanda 0 vs Ghana 1; South Sudan 1 vs Equatorial Guinea 0; Tanzania 0 vs Nigeria 0; Botswana 1 vs Burkina Faso 0; Sao Tome & Principe 0 vs Morocco 3; Gabon 4 vs Sudan 0; Guinea Bissau 2 vs Congo 4 and Mauritania 3 vs South Africa 1.

 

Liberia: 1-Saylee Swen, 8-Solomon Grimes, 4-Gizzie Dorbor, 3-Teah Dennis (captain), 5-Dirkir Glay, 18-Anthony Laffor, 11-Zah Krangar (14-Oscar Dorley-68’), 6-Patrick Gerhardt, 17-Sam Johnson, 15-Francis Grandpa Doe and 9-William Jerbo.

 

Unused substitutes: 10-Sekou Jabateh-Oliseh, 7-Sekou Conneh, 13-Henry Berron and 2-Adolphus Marshall.

 

Tunisia: 16-Aymen Mathlouthi, 9-Yassine Chikhaoui (captain), 6-Hocine Ragued, 4-Salim Djemia, 7-Youssef Msakni, 2-Alaya Brigui, Aymen Abdennour 11-Sebeur Khalire, 18-Hamdi Nagfguer, 6-Aoussia Raguod, 13-Hamza Lahmar and 8-Siyan Yousse

 

Substitutes: 1-Farouk Mustapha, 17-Hanza Mathlouthi, 5-Ammer Jamel, 14-Aymen Amoz and 8-Foki Yousef

 

Match officials: Maudo Jallow, Center Referee; Dickory Jawo, Assistant Referee #1; Karamo Forbes, Assistant Referee #2.

 

 

 

 

Sam Johnson, The engineer in Lonestar victory

By T. Kla Wesley Jr.
September 6, 2015

Sam Johnson is not the star man for Liberia that he is for Djurgardens. Despite his recent fine form with former club IK Frej, the presence of the likes of Sekou Oliseh, Tonia Tisdell and Anthony Laffor has seen him struggle to earned a call for the senior National team.

The 23-year-old was picked for the Lonestar crucial match against Tunisia in their AFCON 2017 qualifier on Saturday, and proved his worth to Debbah and his technical staffs.

Sam Johnson who is popularly known as a forward began the game in center midfield with Malaysian base Patrick Gerhardt while Sundowns' forward Anthony Laffor and Felda's midfielder Zah Krangar operated on both flings as Liberia was executing a 4-4-2 formation.

A metronomic passer and a deceptively quick player, Johnson also looked to dip into midfield, swapping positions with Zah Krangar, as he regularly evaded his marker, and contributed to Spain's total dominance that earn them (Lonestar) a 1-0 with Malaysian base Francis Forkey Doe getting the lone goal in the seventy-eighth(78th) minutes.

His hard work on the pitch earned him the man of the match award.

Committed Laffor Still In the Fold

 

By Wleh Bedell


Though at age 30 Anthony Snorti Laffor is in the twilight of his career, the 26 capped international certainly has more in his tank to offer Liberia and is still in the fold for the red, white and blue as he and teammates brace themselves for the plum fixture against group one leaders Tunisia's Carthage Eagles.

Buccaneering runs, turbo booted pace, good work ethic, intelligence and discipline are keys attributes of the central midfielder turned lateral midfielder.
Since being scouted by Coach Kadalla Kromah where he made his debut away to Gambia in the Lone Star 0-2 loss on October 17, 2003, the towering wide man has not looked back as he continues to contribute to the team.

The lanky winger who turned over the captain's armband after the Lone Star disappointing 0-2 loss away to Lesotho on June 1, 2014, when he announced his retirement from international football, swiftly rescinded his decision as he heard the plea of connoisseurs to return to the fold for the Lone Star in the last match against Togo.

Laffor's ability to track back in squeezing the wing, his bursting run of pace in the final third and ferocious long range effort are all key marks of the hardworking attacking ace.

From a dejected understudy at LISCR, Snorti has matured into a reliable footballer and with stints at Asanti Gold, Jomo Cosmos, Super Sports United and now Mamelodi Sundowns, the Brazilians, Laffor epitomises the qualities of an athlete. However, it would be grossly unfair to judge him just from scoring as his work ethic is also a a salient factor.

With strikes against Sierra Leone and Uganda, Laffor is more a player pulling the strings in the middle third order than just engaged in scoring. He is a supplier, a tank man, a marauding player, a lithe marker, versatile, mobile, inventive and team player who gives his all to his side.

With just four days to him winning his 27th international cap, the Bushrod Island based footballer now based in South Africa is in no way short of experience as he has since been tried and trusted. His longevity with the Lone Star is no mean feat as he has earned it. The shaved hair player who from a distance seemingly resembles the legendary George Manneh Weah, is expected to be deployed at the right side of the 4-4-2 diamond against Tunisia this Saturday September 5, 2015 where he will be expected to play above himself.

Humility Will Keep Jebor High

 

By Wleh Bedell


Ruthless front man William Jebor will continue to make inroads and move up high in his career due to humility. The 23 year old who is now on loan at Second Division club SD Ponferradina of Spain from Portuguese elite side Rio Ave where he featured in the Europa league last term, is quite a humbled character who is always willing to learn, not resting on his laurels, lives simple and has great respect for fellow human being. With exploits in Egypt where he was top scorer in the disrupted league in 2013 where he netted ten goals for top flight side El-Geisha, Jebor is quite a gifted player who allows his football to do his talking.

After expeditions in Syria, Egypt, Libya and Portugal, the player's move to Spain will enable him get more playing time as he will be able to compete week in week out as he moves to another level in his career.

Having scored his first international goal against Togo on match week one of the 2017 qualifiers, the former Oilers hit-man will be itching to put up another linchpin performance, and unlike where he lacked much service in the 1-2 loss to Togo's Sparrow Hawks where he probed, toiled and covered lot of ground in the Lone Star energy sapping 4-1-4-1 formation against Emmanuel Adebayor and co, he will certainly get more supply this time since the red, white and blue outfit is expected to be adventurous against group leaders Tunisia's Carthage Eagles on this Saturday
September 5, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Since making his debut on March 26, 2011, in Liberia's 2-4 away loss to Cape Verde in the 2012 Afcon qualifier, Jebor was often over looked as he had to wait for more than four years for a second chance as he always said " my time will come. I will wait patiently. I respect the coach's decision".

Indeed, the lethal striker who is nicknamed Inzaghi for his knack for goals, time has surely come and his jaw dropping goal against Togo coupled with his jinks where he got behind the hosts defense by running over the shoulders of defenders and running down the channels showed just what the Lone Star had been missing and with Jebor expected to lead a trident strike force that will also include the menacing Sam Johnson and the bubbling Francis Doe, the options will be aplenty to give the Tunisians a huge work load.

Rejected by LISCR and welcomed by LPRC Oilers, William Jebor remains faithful to God, hardworking, humbled and continue to keep his feet on the ground. The danger man Jebor is with the sofa on stage as it is his turn. He remains humbled though which is also a recipe for greatness.

Persistence Keeps Zah Going

 

 

By Wleh Bedell

 
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When Zah Rahan Krangar made his international debut on September 23, 2006 against the Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea in Malabu, many felt the diminutive midfielder would have played for short term as he would soon be in the past.

The simple passing playmaker who also has an eye for goal was then plying his trade in Indonesia with Persikabpas and like other stars from Indonesia was often berated with many claiming there was no football in that part of the world. Coaches of the national team especially Frank Jericho Nagbe who kept faith in Zah and co were often accused of receiving bribes and even journalists who wrote on them were given all sorts of names, but Zah in particular kept his cool, remained persistent and kept on knocking on the doors of the Lone Star despite some higher ups in football administration also overlooking Zah and the Indonesian based players.

Zah had come on holiday and was along with Murphy Nagbe, Stephen Mennoh, Ezeah Benson and Perry Kollie called to camp by Coach Jericho, but the quartet had to leave the camp on grounds that they were been overlooked since their ticket refund was not been addressed. Zah however decided to stay, swallowed the bitter pills and travelled with the team to Equatorial Guinea and even got the Lone Star solitary goal in the 1-2 loss.

Fast forward, "twinkle twinkle little" Zah has since established himself as a mainstay in the Lone Star and was even given the captain's armband by Facebook critic turned coach James Debbah in the Lone Star recent 1-2 loss to Togo's Sparrow Hawks on match week one of the 2017 qualifier.

With 22 caps for country, the 30 year old who is now in the twilight of his career is a quiet footballer who is more a team player. On a favorable day, he can create a screen in front his opponents defense with two sumptuous strike against a star studded Ghanaian side in a friendly at the Samuel Kanyon Doe sports stadium among the highlight of his international career. The player who now features for Malaysian side Fidel, was along with compatriot Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh selected to the Malaysian XI with the latter netting a goal against Liverpool in a friendly as Zah showcased himself to greater effect.

How times can fly, the once maligned, pin sized class act has now become an asset for the Lone Star as this discipline lad continues to keep his feet on the ground, head up high as he enjoys his football in serving his motherland. From the local scene with the disbanded Ducor Defenders and Karn United to Bamenda in Cameroon after a stint in Ghana with DISM and then to Cameroon and now Malaysia, Zah's persistence has paid off as his game has now once more proved that though where one plays matters, but what matters most and what one plays.

The gem could be used in the hole on this Saturday September 5, against Tunisia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium where he is expected to be deployed some eight meters behind the front men of Francis Doe and William Jebor in a compact 4-3-1-2 formation that could also be altered to a 4-4-2 diamond as he will operate at the tip of the diamond, spraying the passes as a terquartista providing the defense splitting passes or final ball in the final third. Also, the light skinned technically gifted player can pick up the crumbs in firing for goal as his team attitude, composure, subtle moves and desire will help the 1996 African Nations cup debutants a lot against the first African team to win a match at the World Cup.

Profile Of Some Players Called By Coach Debbah Part II:

By Roland Mulbah

The Coach of the senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah has informed authorities of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) that he wants almost all his squad members to be foreign based players for the match against Tunisia on September 5, 2015 in the second match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

According to information gathered, Debbah has already submitted a list of 22 players which includes more than 18 foreign based players.

The Inquirer Newspaper profiled few of the foreign based players for the crucial match against Tunisia on September 5, 2015 in continuation of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Sam Johnson (born 6 May 1993) is a Liberian footballer who plays for Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish topflight as a forward.

He started out playing for Nimba FC in his homeland Liberia before traveling to Norway in 2011 on trial with FK Haugesund. He impressed the Norwegian club, but only enough for them to offer him a youth contract, so he instead signed with Swedish club Dalkurd FF. He would however only stay there for a couple of months due to work permit problems. Johnson remained in Sweden though and played for fourth tier club Assyriska IF KF during the second half of the 2011 season.

For the first half of the following season, the youthful Liberian stepped down one division and played for fifth tier club Juventus IF before once again returning to the fourth tier when playing for Härnösands FF during the fall. After the season he was awarded the title of “best midfielder” in the league Härnösand played in.

Before the 2013 season, Johnson went on trial with second tier Superettan club JönköpingsSödra IF, but was turned down instead he signed a three year deal with third tier club IK Frej. In his second season with them, Johnson, who was now playing as forward, became their top goal scorer as the club was promoted to Superettan. In December 2014, Allsvenskan club Djurgårdens IF announced that they had signed Johnson on a four year deal.

International career

Johnson played with the Liberia U23 National Team in 2011 and made his official senior debut on June 14, 2015 in a 2-1 defeat to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier under James SalinsaDebbah as head coach.

The “Little” ZahRahanKrangar (Felda United FC, Malaysia)

ZahRahanKrangar (born on March 7, 1984 in Monrovia) is a Liberian footballer (midfielder) currently playing for Felda United FC in the Malaysian Super League. The calm and soft spoken master dribbler is also a member of the senior national football team of Liberia, Lone Star.

He made his international debut September 3 2006 with a goal away to host Equatorial Guinea in his side 2-1 loss.

He is a player with immense qualities. His sublimes skills, vision and tricks are qualities that make him a nightmare for opposing defenders and asset to teammates.

He featured as a kid for the national U-13, U-14 and U-15 which made headways in the ScandanaviaFater making in-roads in the Gothia and Dana Cups in Sweden and Denmark respectively.

The lad was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the LFA Third Division playoffs after his side Ducor Defenders pinned Gardnersville based Haja FC in the grand final, courtesy of the golden goal rule in 2000.

He along with long-time friend and International teammate Dioh Williams had a stint in Switzerland with cadet side Juventus.

He as well had a stint at the youth system of Ghanaian elite side AsantiKotoko widely known as the Porcupine Warriors with the famous saying “you kill thousand, thousand will come”.

His hunger for topflight football took him to Cameroun where he styled for Racing Baffoson of Bamenda in the Cameroonian topflight and also showcased his talent with Panthere of the same central African country.

The skill workshop then moved to Indonesia and impressed at Persikabpas and despite repeated calls by that country’s football authorities to naturalize him due to his dazzling skills and constant knack for goals, he turned down such a lucrative offer and chose to doom the red, white and blue colours of his country and marked his international debut with a goal away to host Equatorial Guinea in his side 2-1 loss.

Voted MVP in the Indonesian top flight in 2006, the tiny but silky footballer is indeed a formidable face on television, in newspapers, magazines and his name is a house hold word in many quarters as far as football in Asia, especially the World largest Muslim state, Indonesia.

Despite plying his trade in what is generally regarded as a modest or less fancy league, Zah, the “Little box of tricks” is one of few players the future of the National team of Liberia, Lone Star precariously rest upon.

With the factual thought that “where one plays matters, but what one plays matters most, and it does not matter where one plays but what one plays, Zah, though in the virtually less glamorous league of Malaysia, his competitors and even the most unrealistic of critics can safely say he is a gem and is certainly a class act who is capable of conjuring and wooing any group of fans or international skills with his sublimely gifted qualities.

He captained the national team of Liberia on June 14, 2015 in a 2-1 defeat to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier under James SalinsaDebbah as head coach. Honours

Club honours

Sriwijaya

Liga Indonesia (1): 2007–08

Piala Indonesia (3): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010

PersipuraJayapura

Indonesia Super League (1): 2010–11

Indonesian Inter Island Cup (1): 2011

Indonesia Super League (2): 2012–13

Individual honour

Liga Indonesia Best player (1): 2007–08

 

 

Ahead of “Lone Star” Clash against Tunisia

.....Tougher Security Measure put in place

 

 

By  Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

 

 

Ahead of Liberia’s “Lone Star” clash against the “Carthage Eagle” of Tunisia, tough security measures have been put in place.

Due to the importance attached to “Lone Star” 2017 African Cup of Nations campaign, the measure will be implemented to the fullest, to avoid the re-occurrence of unrelenting misconducts by football supporters.

It can be recalled, in 2013, the Liberia Football Association landed in trouble with the Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) which Liberia was given a Yellow Card for disorderly conduct.

This means, the LFA was fined by Fifa’s disciplinary Committee on July 24, 2013, relating crowd violence during the match Liberia versus Senegal on June 16, 2013, and the LFA was ordered to pay CHF 20,000 (US$21,360.00) in application of Article 66 paragraph 1 and Article 67 paragraph 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

Liberia was also fined by the Confederation of African Football, (CAF) US$5,000 over crowd violence during the 2-2 draw between Liberia and Nigeria at the SKD in the qualifiers of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup.

And was warned when a spectator ran on the playing pitch after Anthony Lafor's strike against Uganda in Monrovia, a world cup qualifying match Liberia won 2-0.

Based upon these experiences, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) with consent by its President, Musa H. Bility and the head of the legal department, the Sports Writers Association (SWAL), and the security sectors following series of security meetings have reached the decision that will seem very tight for football followers.

The measures according to the Security Committee, when implemented to the fullest, will call-off Fifa’s decision to ban Liberia from hosting international matches.

1. No institutional ID card (Security, Journalist, or official of Government) will be acknowledged, except those that have obtained passes.

2. Only Sports Writers with SWAL’s ID card will be permitted to require passes and only three persons will be allowed to enter the stadium with the press vehicle for those media institution that are to bring the match live.

3. Any media institutions that wish to air the match live is asked to come on the stadium 10:00 AM in order to adequately prepare for the match.
Security personnel’s are not exempted to acquire passes because no member of the security sector will be allow on the stadium without a pass that will bears a number.

4. Only assigned members of the Police Response Unit (PSU) with pass will be allowed around the perimeter of the stadium.

5. As it relate to the overcrowds of the stadium, the committee disclosed that all gate will be closed to the public at sharp 3:00PM.

6. The gate of the Stadium that faced towards the Rally Town market will be closed to the public according to the Committee.

7. The Committee with the help of the Public Safety section at the LNP will announce the traffic regulation to the public as soon as possible because there will be no other vehicles except VIP and the VVIP will be allow in front of the stadium.

8. No ticket will be sole on the field and all tickets should be bought at the Cellcom stores across Monrovia.

9. Deadline for accreditation is September 3, 2015 and can be acquired from the LFA office on Benson Street, Monrovia.

Due to the tight security measure put in place, Liberians, Due to the tight security measure put in place, Liberians, government officials are warned to avoid being around to stadium if you do not have a ticket in order to avoid security resistance.

The Security Committee however warned football followers that any attempt to disobey to restriction imposed it will leave Fifa with no option but to ban Liberia from hosting international football matches.

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