The National Football team of Liberia the Lone Star has jumped started preparations for the September 9 clash against the Democratic Republic of Congo in match-day 2 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Group G match will take place at the Samuel Kenyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
About 26 local players began training Tuesday at the Samuel Kenyon Doe Sports Complex with recently named deputy coach Sam Chibli in charge of training.
Head coach Thomas Kojo is presently out of the country.
The Lone Star of Liberia must win that game to put back on track their hope of qualifying to a third Nations Cup final. The Lone Star lost their opening group match away 3-0 against Zimbabwe in Harare last year.
The local players invited for the training include members of the Liberia U-20 team that finished second in the WAFU Tournament and the team that played Sierra Leone in the July 26 Independence Day match at the SKD which ended 0-0.
The local players have not had competitive football competition for a year now as there has been no football league since the middle of 2017.
Just before they kick off their preparations on Tuesday, the Lone Star team benefited from a donation of training materials.
The training materials were donated by a Liberian, who played football in the United States in the 80s, and now CEO of the Donami Sport, Doc Lawson.
Meanwhile, Coach Thomas Kojo has invited 13 overseas players for the Group G match against DR Congo on September 9.
The 13 players include two new faces, while the rest have won caps already on the national team. They are Boison Wynney De Souza of RCD Mallorca II in Spain, Joel Johnson Alajarin of Charlotte Independence, Teah Dennis playing in Oman and Adolphus Marshall of Gudja United FC in Malta.
England based player Mohammed Sangare who plays for Newcastle United has gotten his first national team call-up. Murphy Oscar Dorey of Slovan Liberec, Sylvanus Nimely of Spartak Moscow II and Sam Johnson who is playing his club football in Norway for Valerenga are also called up for the crunch nations cup qualifier.
Former Captain, Anthony Laffor who plays in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns, William Jebor of Wydad Athletic Casablanca, Terrence Tisdell of San Joanense of Portugal, Seku Conneh of South Korea’s Ansan Greener and Kpah Sherman who plays for MIFA in Malaysia completes the list of invited stars.
Liberia will play DR Congo on September 9, 2018 while two days later Liberia will welcome Nigeria in an international friendly at the SKD Sports Complex on September 11, 2018.