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Liberia: Lone Star players painfully earn US $ 1,000


Monrovia – Liberia missed out on a place in Qatar 2022 FIFA World after finishing third in Group C behind Nigeria and Cape Verde.

Liberia have secured six of a possible 15 points with back-to-back wins over the Central African Republic, the only wins the team has recorded throughout the qualifiers.

It may have been a bad run for the Lone Star under coach Peter James Butler in this qualifying process, but there is more than just technique that could have affected team morale.

Yes, it is a fact that Liberia has not been able to eliminate a prohibited CAF from the Samuel Kayon Doe sports complex that does not meet the standards prescribed by FIFA and the Confederation. This however saw the Lone Star go into exile while playing at home; Cameroon, Ghana and Morocco respectively. This is no excuse to lose because you can win from anywhere, but home support matters.

But the real crust is that Liberian players were among the lowest paid players by match appearance fees and play bonuses during the playoffs. I am however taking a case study with our group winners, Nigeria.

Each player at the national team level earned one thousand United States ($ 1,000.00 USD) for the appearance fee. Which means when you sign up wherever you are from you get a thousand for agreeing to play for Liberia in this game. That figure is nine thousand dollars less than eventual group winners Nigeria, who paid an appearance fee of ten thousand US dollars for their players.

The Liberian players were also promised a play bonus of two thousand US dollars ($ 2,000.00 USD) if they win the match in the playoffs. This means that the team had to win a match for players to get at least three thousand US dollars ($ 3,000.00 USD). This amount is three thousand dollars less than eventual group winners Nigeria, which matches bonuses outside of other donations, five thousand US dollars ($ 5,000.00).

With the facts held constant, each Liberian player won nine thousand US dollars ($ 9,000.00 USD) for all qualifying rounds, which included; Appearance fees and bonuses. This means that for all of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, a Lone Star player couldn’t even win a single game for a member of the Super Eagles Squad.

Each member of the Nigerian squad who finished first in Group C with 13 points, seven points ahead of Liberia and four wins over Liberia’s two wins has pocketed at least forty five thousand US dollars (US $ 45,000.00 ).

This is a testament to the fact that the team were motivated and had to give the Nigerians the result they needed because they got what they needed. “The tool to do the job” was at hand. But for Liberia, we lacked that motivation.

A well-placed source on the team suggested to me that even players recently added to the team were not happy with their earnings playing for the national team.

A longtime player of the team hinted at me and begged not to mention “How we are going to win when we are not satisfied, for ourselves to get to the venue is not easy, we get there two to three days, which is not enough to adapt, especially when we have new guys on the team. ” He asserted.

“We are giving everything for the country and must be encouraged and well paid, with that you can have bigger claims on our head or you can even cut off our heads if we do not give the necessary results”, he said. Explain.

In an attempt to confirm the numbers players are supposed to receive, I called Deputy Sports Minister G. Andy Quamie via WhatsApp as he is away from Liberia. The minister could not give a definitive answer but directed me to the Liberia Football Association which he says manages the affairs of the Lone Star.

My fact finding at the Liberian federation confirmed that the players were receiving the numbers mentioned above.

LFA Deputy Director of Communications Benjamin Garkpa confirmed that “players receive one thousand US dollars for their appearance, which is immediate and I think about two thousand dollars for bonuses earned, which, I know, was given when the team returned to Liberia ”.

This is exactly a testament to the fact that Liberia’s problems were even more off the pitch than on the ground. Our players were demotivated and lack encouragement from the government which is supposed to please the national team.

For example, a budget of thirty-five thousand United States dollars for the last two matches has been cut by five thousand while we no longer pay for the venues where we play our last group matches against Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

I can confirm that the Liberia Football Association and the Moroccan federation partnership are saving the country over US $ 30,000 in venue rentals. The last time Liberia paid Ghana $ 15,000, Cape Verde’s host in Accra did not pay security and other associated with the match.

It’s a wake-up call to President George Weah that his beloved Lone Star is fighting off the pitch. What is seen on the pitch during match days is only a product of the struggles off the pitch. He has to wake up and make the country competitive in the football world.