Liberia national football team – November 2022

The Liberia national football team, nicknamed the Lone Stars, represents Liberia in men’s international football and is controlled by the Liberia Football Association. Wikipedia

Founded: 1936

Head coachPeter Butler

CaptainAllen Njie

Highest66 (July 2001)

Top scorerGeorge Weah (18)

AssociationLiberia Football Association

Arenas/StadiumsSamuel Kanyon Doe Sports ComplexAntoinette Tubman Stadium

The Liberia national football team, nicknamed the Lone Stars, represents Liberia in men’s international football and is controlled by the Liberia Football Association. Although the nation produced the 1995 FIFA World Player of the YearGeorge Weah, its football team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations just twice—in 1996 and 2002. It is a member of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).


African Cup of Nations

In 1967 Liberia played in its first African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, drawing its first match 2–2 against Guinea. They also drew against Senegal however lost both returning fixtures and were eliminated in the first round. Liberia returned to qualifying in 1976 but lost in the preliminary round to Togo, falling to defeat in both fixtures. After another absence, Liberia again joined AFCON qualifying in 1982 in the preliminary rounds but failed to progress after two draws against Gambia, losing on the away goals rule.

Liberia withdrew from qualifying for the 1984 African Cup of Nations, but the following tournament they managed to secure their first win during qualifying, a 3–1 first leg victory over Mauritania. They failed to capitalize on this advantage, losing 3–0 in the second leg. Liberia then faced Sierra Leone and Mali during the 1988 qualification and 1990 qualification respectively, but again failed to progress. In 1992, Liberia withdrew from qualifying before playing a match and in 1994, Liberia was put into a group with two participants that withdrew during qualifying (Tanzania and Burkina Faso) however they failed to take advantage of this, and finished with zero points, having lost to Ghana twice.

In the 1996 African Cup of Nations qualification, Liberia managed to register three wins (against TogoTunisia and Mauritania) and four draws, which saw them finish the group in second place and qualify for their first African Cup of Nations tournament. Following the withdrawal of Nigeria, Liberia were placed in a group with Gabon and Zaire. Liberia opened the tournament with a 2–1 victory over Gabon with goals from Kelvin Sebwe and Mass Sarr Jr., but lost 2–0 to Zaire. This meant that Liberia finished bottom of the group on goal difference and failed to progress to the knock-out stages.

Liberia missed out on returning to the African Cup of Nations in 1998 as they finished one point off of qualification. In 2000, they defeated Niger in the preliminary rounds, but again failed to advance to the main tournament, this time finishing behind Algeria on goal-difference.

In 2002 African Cup of Nations qualification, Liberia beat Cape Verde in the preliminary rounds, then they finished top of their group to qualify for the main tournament for the second time in their history. In the 2002 African Cup of Nations, Liberia drew their first game 1–1 with Mali (goal scored by George Weah) and drew their second game 2–2 against Algeria (goals from Prince Daye and Kelvin Sebwe), but in their final group game, needing a win against Nigeria, they lost 1–0.

FIFA World Cup

Liberia first entered the qualifying process for the FIFA World Cup in 1966, however they withdrew in protest against the fact that too few places had been reserved for Africa and Asia, along with all fourteen other African nations that had initially entered qualifying.

Liberia next entered qualifying in 1982 against Guinea after receiving a bye in the first round. They lost 1–0 over the two legs and were eliminated. In 1986, Liberia was again eliminated without having scored a goal, falling 4–0 to Nigeria. In 1990, Liberia won its first FIFA qualifying match defeating Ghana to progress to the second round. Despite finishing second in their group, Liberia failed to advance to the final qualification round, ending two points behind group winners Egypt.

In 1998, Liberia beat Gambia in the first qualification round, but finished twelve points adrift of Tunisia in their group. In 2002, Liberia had their strongest qualifying campaign, however a loss against Ghana in their penultimate group game gave Nigeria the opportunity to overtake them and secure the only qualification spot.




27 March 2021FriendlySaudi Arabia U23 3–2 LiberiashowRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
30 March 2021FriendlySaudi Arabia U23 0–0 LiberiashowRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
11 June 2021FriendlyMauritania 1–0 LiberiashowTunis, Tunisia
14 June 2021FriendlyLibya 0–1 LiberiashowTunis, Tunisia
17 June 2021FriendlyAlgeria 5–1 LiberiashowOran, Algeria
3 September 20212022 World Cup qualificationNigeria 2–0 LiberiashowLagos, Nigeria
6 September 20212022 World Cup qualificationCentral African Republic 0–1 LiberiashowDouala, Cameroon
7 October 20212022 World Cup qualificationLiberia 1–2 Cape VerdeshowAccra, Ghana
10 October 20212022 World Cup qualificationCape Verde 1–0 LiberiashowMindelo, Cape Verde
13 November 20212022 World Cup qualificationLiberia 0–2 NigeriashowTangiers, Morocco
16 November 20212022 World Cup qualificationLiberia 3–1 Central African RepublicshowTangier, Morocco


24 March 2022FriendlyLiberia 0–4 BeninshowAntalya, Turkey
27 March 2022FriendlyLiberia 0–1 Sierra LeoneshowAntalya, Turkey
29 March 2022FriendlyBurundi 2–1 LiberiashowAntalya, Turkey
9 June 20222023 AFCON QZimbabwe Cancelled LiberiashowZimbabwe
13 June 20222023 AFCON QLiberia 0–2 MoroccoshowCasablanca, Morocco
24 July 20222022 African Nations Championship QLiberia 0–3 SenegalshowPaynesville, Liberia
30 July 20222022 African Nations Championship QSenegal 1–2 LiberiashowDakar, Senegal
25 September 2022FriendlyNiger 0–0 LiberiashowAlexandria, Egypt
27 September 2022FriendlyEgypt 3–0 LiberiashowAlexandria, Egypt


Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Morocco.[3] Caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2022.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
GKTommy Songo20 April 1995 (age 27)170 LISCR
GKJunior Yeanaye19 December 2004 (age 17)20 Nimba Kwado
GKDerrick Julu13 May 2002 (age 20)10 Watanga
DFOscar Dorley19 July 1998 (age 24)271 Slavia Prague
DFSampson Dweh10 October 2001 (age 21)120 LPRC Oilers
DFPrince Balde23 March 1998 (age 24)100 Drita
DFBen Benaiah6 December 1992 (age 29)50 LPRC Oilers
DFMark Pabai30 September 2000 (age 22)40 SPAL
DFJamal Arago28 August 1993 (age 29)30 Sabail
DFEugene Dennis16 November 1996 (age 25)10 Ishøj
MFMarcus Macauley27 October 1991 (age 31)205 Al-Jeel
MFAllen Njie26 July 1999 (age 23)190 Aarau
MFSeth Hellberg19 August 1995 (age 27)90 Brage
MFBrem Soumaoro8 August 1996 (age 26)80 PAEEK
MFJustin Salmon25 January 1999 (age 23)50 Degerfors
MFFrank Allison25 June 2004 (age 18)20 Freeport
MFJulius Nyanamah21 December 2004 (age 17)00 Nimba Kwado
FWKpah Sherman3 February 1992 (age 30)173 Terengganu
FWMoussa Sanoh20 July 1995 (age 27)60 Mioveni
FWDivine Teah19 April 2005 (age 17)21Free agent
FWJoachim Adukor2 May 1993 (age 29)10 Aktobe
FWMolley Karpeh24 December 1994 (age 27)10 Syracuse Pulse
FWPatrick Dweh28 December 2002 (age 19)00 Freeport

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