Eagles Tie: Liberian Govt Predicts Lone Star Victory

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As Liberians gear up for the much publicised football match between the Lone Star of Liberia and the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday, the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Minister of Youth and Sports, Tornolah Varpilah, has predicted victory for the Lone Star.

Heritage of Liberia reports that Liberians from in and out of the country are hoping that their country would triumph over Nigeria, even though the game will be played tomorrow in Calabar, Nigeria, in the second of the two-leg African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 qualifiers between the two countries.

With the first leg ending in a 2-2 draw at the Samuel Kanyan Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, on 9 September, the Liberians now have a lot of work to do in order to qualify for the finals in South Africa next year.

Speaking Thursday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefing held at the Charles Gbenyon Press Hall in Monrovia, Minister Varpilah called on Liberians to put aside what he calls “negative” talks against their country and support the Lone Star against the Super Eagles.

According to him, Liberians should rather motivate and encourage the players to devote their talents and skills to bring pride to the country.

The Sports Minister described the pending match as significant to the country.

“Football is a vehicle of national development, and so, all Liberians must rally around the national team in getting the needed victory,” said Minister Varpilah.

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He said sports including football are a vehicle that can be used to maintain peace in any society.

Through sports, Minister Varpilah noted, citizens with the skills and abilities in other areas of specialization can realize their full potential.

He stated that the Lone Star represent an important component of the country. He noted that it is about time that all Liberians demonstrate “a true sense of nationalism for the national team.”

Varpilah added: “At this time, we must support the Lone Star. Please think about the national team. I want to use this time to call upon all former national team players including Ambassador George Weah, James Salinsa Debbah and Jonathan Sogbie Boye Charles to also give their support to this young team. We must give our financial and moral support to the team.” he said.

He commended Cellcom GSM and some public corporations that contributed to the team’s trip to Nigeria.

“Lone Star must go to the Africa Cup of Nations if and only we think and feel so. By our actions, feelings and thoughts, nothing can stop the Lone Star,” he said.

Next year’s African Cup begins on 19 January with the final on 10 February.

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