Monrovia – Liberian Football giant, LPRC Oilers have left the country via the Roberts International Airport for the Moroccan capital Rabat to honor the first leg of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League second preliminary rounds against Raja Casablanca. The 30 men delegation headed by Swen G. Bedell left Monrovia on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

The 30 men delegation include:

Swen G. Bedell, James Jappah, Momolu J. Dukuly, Kwannue A. John, Prince Kolleh, Cooper M. Sannah Rashidi K. Williams, Abubakar Corneh, Robert Kpoto, Solomon D. Wratee, Prince Wlame, Alpha Jalloh, Saylee Swen, Albert Swen, Trokon Jackson, Harris Karr, Sampson Dweh.

Others include Mehnpanie Dolo, Ben Benaiah, Prince Jetoh, Ebenezer Solo, Irvin Gbotoe, Jerry Sidi, Randy Dukuly, William Freeman, Kelvin Konuwa, James C. Jappah Jr., Emmanuel T. Francis, Brandon Y. Debah, and Fred U. Brooks

The sensational Oilers have been boosted by the return of several key players from international duty, ahead of their first leg match of the CAF Champions League against  Raja Club Athletic.

LPRC Oilers will play the two legs of their second-round CAF Champions League qualifiers in Morocco.

It followed a notification from CAF for Oilers to choose a home venue after it canceled the one-match approval granted to the Orange first division champions and Monrovia Club Breweries to play their continental games at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. 

Oilers lost 2-1 to Togo’s ASKO Kara at the Stade de Kégué in Lome on 19 September but qualified 4-2 on aggregate, having won the first leg 3-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia on 12 September.

The Liberia Football Association (LFA), in keeping with a technical cooperation agreement, contacted the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) on 23 September to hold the two legs against Raja Casablanca on the weekends of 15-17 October and 22-24 October. 

Speaking with Inside LPRC before their departure, Coach Cooper Sannah expressed confidence in the team’s ability to qualify for the Ground Stage of the tournament. ” We have the mental and physical properness to meet the qualification line” coach Sanneh intoned.

Also speaking, Oilers Sports Associations President Mr. James Jappah expressed optimism that the team will bring pride to the nation by qualifying for the Group Stage.

The team is expected to return to Liberia on Monday, October 25, 2021. Source: Smart News Liberia

Main photo: LPRC football team

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