Former World Footballer (1995) George Opong Weah, now a technical Director with the Liberia Football Federation is expected to lead their football team contingent for an early trip to Uganda this afternoon.
The two teams face off in a Group J 2014 World Cup qualifying tie at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, on Saturday. Reports from Monrovia indicate that Weah has travelled with the team to morale boost them.
During his last visit to Uganda in 1999 as a player, Weah’s team lost 1-0 to Cranes with Philip Ssozi netting the lone goal. Unfortunately the former AC Milan star then missed the encounter after he was caught up in traffic jam from Entebbe International Airport even after he chartered a plane to Uganda. He arrived at Nakivubo Stadium and shed tears after the final whistle.
Rogers Mulindwa, the Head of Communications in the Federation, told the media that the 32-man Liberia team will arrive at 2pm aboard a Kenya Airways flight. Mulindwa said all preparations are being made to ensure the Liberians enjoy their stay in the country.
The Lone Stars are currently second in Group J with four points. Senegal who will face Angola in the other group game top the group with five points, while Uganda are bottom with two points after two draws and one loss.
Reports from Monrovia indicate that lead striker Francis Grandpa Doe who is based in Malaysia will miss the game due to an injury.
Doe was among 12 overseas players invited by the Lone Star’s technical staff, but was ruled out. Indonesia-based Boakai Foday will mend the gap. Liberia will also be deprived of defender Solomon Grimes.
Grimes has been a regular in the right-back for the Lone Star, but was also left out of the squad to Kampala after he sustained injury while on club duty. South African based striker and skipper Anthony Laffor who scored one of the goals in their 2-0 win over Uganda in March was also passed 90 percent fit on Sunday by the team’s medical team.