Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 October 2012

Nigeria/Liberia: Lone Star Keeps NFF in Suspense

The Liberia Football Association has continued to maintain secrecy over their team, Lone Star's arrival date for Saturday's 2013 African Cup of Nations final qualifying match against the Super Eagles in Calabar.

NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu said yesterday evening: "I really don't know what they (Liberia) are up to. They have not communicated their arrival date to us.

"However, we are not bothered about that. Rather, we're concerned with preparing our team optimally to achieve victory. Whenever the Liberia delegation arrives, we will be ready for them," said Amadu.

Already, the Super Eagles are in Calabar putting finishing touches to preparations for Saturday's cracker, which is delicately poised after both teams ended the first leg 2-2 in Monrovia on 8th September.

Last month's game at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium was the first time Nigeria and Liberia would square up in a Cup of Nations qualifying match. Both countries had only previously been involved in FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games qualifiers as well as friendly games.

They met once in the African Cup of Nations finals, in 2002, when Julius Aghahowa's goal separated both teams in a group phase match in Mali.

Liberia needs a high-score draw or a win (neither of which they have ever recorded in Nigeria) in Calabar on Saturday to turn the table and bar the Super Eagles from next year's African football house party in South Africa.

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