“Lone Star To Train In Brazil” – Orders President Weah
The Chief Patron of Sports, President George M. Weah has instructed Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson to ensure that the current Lone Star squad travels to Brazil for a special training camp.
Minister Wilson speaking to State Radio Sports Monday said the President, who is a former Captain and Technical Director of the Senior National Football team of Liberia wants an arrangement with Brazil which will see the Lone Star team traveling to Rio for a professional training.
Minister Wilson said the Chief Patron of Sports who watched the match from the VIP Box expressed happiness over the showing of the team in their 1-1 draw against DR Congo Sunday.
Minister Wilson said, “The President has instructed me to take the team to Brazil to undergo some serious training”.
According to him, the Youth and Sports Ministry was instructed to work with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the National Port Authority (NPA) to get the team to Brazil.
“I have been mandated by my Boss, the President to work with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the newly appointed Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) to get the boys to Brazil for training” added Youth and Sports Minister Wilson.
He said a discussion with the Brazilian Embassy near Monrovia will shortly get underway in making sure the President’s mandate is executed.
Minister Wilson said the discussion with the Brazilians will determine how long the training will go.
He said players that featured for the Lone Star on Sunday against DR Congo and others that will be selected will form part of the team. He said an earnest rebuilding process of the national team will begin with the Brazil training.
It is not clear if overseas players will form part of the training as they may not want to leave their respective contracts for months of training in South America.
It’s believed that bulk of the Under-20 Lone Star players will form part of the team. President Weah and several other great football stars of Liberia benefited from similar training in Brazil which helped them in their football career development in the eighties, during the reign of President Samuel Kenyon Doe.
The Chief Patron of Sports and the Youth and Sports Minister held conversation following the match on Sunday for several minutes on the way forward for the Lone Star.