The Liberian government has officially launched a mobilization campaign for the nation's soccer team, the Lone Star. The mobilization campaign is in preparation for the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup Finals. Liberia is scheduled to play Nigeria on Saturday at the SKD Sports Complex in Monrovia in the first-leg qualifying rounds of the African Nations Cup.
Launching the campaign in the Liberian capital of Monrovia this week, the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, said the aim of the mobilization campaign is intended to revitalize and re-energize football fans in the country.
The Liberian President urged all citizens and retired players who had put the country on the stage of international football to help support the national team returned to its glorious days.
President Joihnson-Sirleaf recalled that over the years, the Lone Star worked tirelessly to ensure that the country was represented at the 1996 Nations Cup finals in South Africa and again in 2000 at the finals in Mali.
In 2000, Liberia came very close to qualifying for the world cup finals, but was defeated by Ghana in a match it needed to draw.
"It is now time that we give our full financial support to our younger brothers who are using their strength and talents to promote the game of soccer at a higher level.
Liberia's Youth and Sports Minister Tornolah Varbah also cautioned Liberians to stop castigating the national team, instead, he said the team should be encouraged to succeed.
"Today, we started our mobilization support for the Lone Star to qualify for South Africa 2013...therefore, we urge the Liberian people to come and support the team," the Sport Minister added.
Minister Varblah said the determination to qualify rests in the hands of the Liberian people and the government by giving their financial and moral support to the team.