Liberia’s newly formed national team comprising home-based players have departed the country for Dakar, Senegal to participate in the 2019 West African Football Union (WAFU) Nations Cup.

The team is led by former Barrack Young Controllers coach Robert Lartey and his deputy Mouctarr Fofana.

According to the Liberia Football Association (LFA), a 28-man delegation left the country earlier today. The delegation, which is headed by Freeport FC President Tickly Monkoney, includes seven officials and 21 players.

Liberia will face Sierra Leone on Sunday, September 29. Sierra Leone were recalled by WAFU following the withdrawal Morocco that were earlier invited as a guest team for 16-team tournament.

Morocco were invited by the WAFU to replace Sierra Leone that were earlier ban from global football by world football governing body, FIFA.

Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament with the first eight winners progressing to the full Cup competition, while the losers will drop into the Plate competition. It’s a straight knockout format from there on.

The full squad

Goalkeepers: Alpha Jalloh (BYC), Emmanuel Deanneh (Nimba United) and
Reuben King (Nimba Kwado)

Defenders: William Seigbeh and Mehnpaine Dolo (BYC-II); Karleo Anderson and Daniel Paye (Bea Mountain); Benjamin Doe (LISCR FC), Madison Gaye (Muscat FC), Henry Sakama (Watanga FC) and Josephus Mantor (Nimba Kwado).

Midfielders: Rufus Padmore (BYC-II), Theo Nimely (Watanga FC), Varney Sando (LPRC Oilers) and Wurie Barie (Mighty Blue Angels)

Strikers: Varney Dukuly (Nimba United), Terry Sackor (LPRC Oilers), Christian Doe (BYC-II), Kelvin Potis (BYC), Mark Yallah (Muscat FC) and Mark Karley (LISCR FC)