liberia logo.pngThe Liberian national soccer team arrived in the country this Tuesday for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Zimbabwe on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium.

 

The team’s coach Roberto Landi, says although they have a lot of respect for the Warriors, they are nevertheless confident of upstaging their hosts and enhancing their chances of qualifying for Africa’s biggest soccer showpiece to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea early next year.

The Liberian soccer team time arrived in three batches, with the first group arriving in the early hours of Tuesday morning while the second set touched down shortly after midday.

The third batch arrived around 4pm amid revelations that there’s a final batch of players who are scheduled to arrive in the country this Wednesday.

Among the players who arrived was the Lone Stars’ menacing striker, who’s also the West African nation’s most celebrated player – Sekou Jabateh Oliseh – who plies his trade with CSKA Moscow in Russia.

While admitting that the Warriors are a compact side and therefore deserve respect, the Lone Star coach however exuded confidence ahead of the match and reckons victory is certain.

“We’re not looking down on Zimbabwe by any chance because they are a good side. They’ve played well in the last few matches but one thing I know is that we have a group of players who are hungry for success and I know that we will win on Sunday,” said Landi.

Sunday’s clash at the National Sports Stadium is crucial in that the Warriors need nothing short of victory to enhance their chances of sealing a place at the 2012 African Cup of Nations to be hosted by Guinea and Equatorial Guinea.

Cape Verde currently lead the standings with 7 points in the penultimate round of matches, followed by Mali who have amassed 6 points, while the Warriors are third on 5 points.

Liberia is rooted at the bottom of the log standings with 4 points in what has turned out to be a tightly contested group.

Zim does not revenge, hospitable!


Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s culture of hospitality towards visitors has once again come to the fore at a time revenge mongers would have calculated doing otherwise.

The country’s hospitality towards visiting brothers and sisters has for long been a Zimbabwean tradition.

warriors-liberia referees.jpgBlack or white foreign visitors often find comfort in travelling to Zimbabwe, be it for holiday, business or sport.

While 2010 will be remembered by some as a year in which the Zimbabwean soccer team fell prey to ill-treatment in the terrains of Liberia, the Zimbabwean spirit of doing good has once again been re-ignited after the Liberia soccer team received a warm welcome at the Harare International Airport before being whisked away to Pandhari Lodge in Glen Lorne.

Zimbabwe national soccer team manager, Shariff Mussa, who has travelled with the Warriors to several African destinations, indicated that hospitality is inherent in Zimbabweans, despite whatever conditions they may be exposed to.

While some may be tempted into advocating for revenge, it appears evident the country’s tradition of warm reception is a behavioural trait that is deep rooted.

 

Below is the Lone Star team that will face the Warriors on Sunday:

 

Name Club

Goalkeepers:
Nathaniel Sherman                                                                UMC Roots
James Galley                                                                        Watanga FC

Defenders:
Jimmy Dixon                                                                       Manispor
George Gebro                                                                      Unattached
Teah Dennis                                                                        Barrack Young Controllers
Solomon Wesseh                                                                 LPRC Oilers
Solomon Grimes                                                                  Nea Samamina
Parrick Gerharts                                                                    Serajevo

Midfielders:
Ansu Toure                                                                          Locarno
Mumuni Abubakar                                                               New Edubiase
Martin Karndu                                                                     Monrovia FC
Isaac Popo
Alseny Keita                                                                         Moissy-Cramayel
Dulee Johnson                                                                    De Graafschap

 

Attackers:
Patrick Wleh                                                                        LISCR FC
Anthony Laffor                                                                   Supersport United
Dioh Williams                                                                      BK Hacken
Sekou Jabateh Oliseh                                                          CSKA Moscow
Francis Doe                                                                       Al Ahly