In preparation of the match against Nigeria in the second leg qualifiers of the African Cup of Nations, in Calabar, Nigeria, the National soccer squad, the Lone Star will on this Sunday, October 7, 2012 play Niger in an international friendly encounter.
Lone Star, has been promised 'dollars rain' if she beats the Super Eagles. The Mena of Niger has proposed to stage the friendly at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey, Niger as part of their own build-up to their Africa Nations Cup qualifier return leg against Guinea.
The Nigeriens lost the first game 1-0 in Conakry. Incidentally, Niger and Nigeria played a goalless draw in another friendly in Niamey in August of this year. The Blue House is closed to have accepted the proposal of the 1982 World Cup qualifier, the Menas of Niger for an international friendly in Niamey, Niger, according to reports.
It can recalled that Liberia played Niger in 2011 which ended 0-0 . On 10 October 2010, Niger earned a shock 1-0 win over Egypt at home in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. According to Liberia Football Association's President Mr. Musa Bility, the Menas has requested an international friendly for Sunday, October, 7, 2012 at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey.
This, he said will help to evaluate the performance of the team prior to their 2nd leg against the Syli Nationale of Guinea with a 1-0 deficit in Conakry. Mr. Bility made these comments yesterday at a news conference in Monrovia.
Meanwhile President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's Chief Patron of Sports, on Wednesday presented the LFA with a check of US$75,000, as a bonus for the Lone Star Team's recent winning performance.
The Nigeriens will be responsible for air-transportation, accommodation and appearance fee of the Lone Star. The Niger's game, will bring the tally of international friendlies, in less than a month to four. It can be recalled that Lone Star played the Flames of Malawi, Black Stars of Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.
She (Lone Star) lost 1-0 against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo, but won 1-0 and 2-0 respectfully Malawi and Ghana in Monrovia. Mr. Bility disclosed that players for the national team players have now become very competitive.
Currently, there are 12 local and 12 foreign based players for the trip.
Local players who are expected for the trip camping include goalies Nathaniel Sherman and James Gallay. the defenders are: Teah Dennis, Solomon Wesseh, George Gabbro, defensive midfielder Martin Karndo, versatile midfielder Isaac Pupo and winger James Soto Roberts.
Foreign based players who are already in the country due to their season break of their league are Zah Krangar, Junior Wilson, Boakai Foday and James Koko Lomell. Other foreign based players, who are expected to join the team in Ghana include: Sekou Oliseh Jabateh, Tonia Tisdell, Omega Roberts, Theo Weeks, Solomon Grimes, Patrick Gerdhart, Alseny Keita and Jimmy Dixon.