Liberia’s Lone Star Home Base team defeat to Guinea on June 22, 2015 for the Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier in Bamako, Mali (Liberia played Guinea in Bamako after CAF banned Guinea due to Ebola) was due to “serious” distraction on the part of the technical staff.
Several players of the Local Lone Star who travelled to Mali told a reporter that the ejection of eight players of the Lone Star team caused serious distraction for the team.
Eight players were kicked out of the 25 men squad that spent six weeks on camp training for the away match against Mali, three days to the game itself.
Players Amara Sackor, Abraham Barshell, Prince Jetro and others were expelled for allegedly leaving camp.
Several members of that team that lost to Guinea who chose not to be taped or named said the morale of the team was destroyed after the eight players were ejected.
They said the team suffered physiological effect from that the technical staff action.
A source with the team told ELBC Sports, the expulsion of the eight players caused unnecessary delay in the team’s departure from the country to Bamako.
According to the source, several new players brought in to replace the expelled players had document difficulties, which was one reason why the team did not travel in time for the match.
Liberia away match against Guinea in the first leg of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) was delayed for 24 hours because the Liberian team arrived late in Bamako for the match.
LFA Authorities at the time told reporters that the team could not leave for Mali in time because of flight problem, but an investigation shows that the replacement of players in the dying hours to the trip was largely responsible.
A Liberian who watched the match in Bamako, Mali, Hailee Kamara told said the Liberian team had looked disorganized during the clash with Guinea.