Formernational team player who is nominal coach in a team comprising George Weah as technical director and Jericho Nagbe as assistant coach. Decisions are made together, with Weah the ultimate authority. Vava, who doubles up as coach of domestic champions Mighty Barolle, took over from Kadallah Kromah last June after Liberia lost their first World Cup qualifier, away to Sudan.
Former reserve with Lucerne and Grasshopper in Switzerland, who was released from his contract at Third Division Schaffhausen in March for disciplinary reasons. His biggest claim to fame is playing the final five minutes for a FIFA World XI against a Nelson Mandela XI in Johannesburg two years ago. Made his Liberia debut against Tunisia in June 1999.
FC Kochin (Ind).
Doubles up as an effective striker for his club in India, recently playing in goal for the first half of a League game and then going out after the interval and scoring! Made his international debut in 1997 against Namibia but has playedjust three times since.
Served a jail term in South Africa after spending an entire season playing under an assumed local identity with forged papers. Left for Hajduk Split and trained last year at Hershey Wildcats in the A League in the USA but left without signing. Made his Liberia debut in 1994 and played at the 1996 African Nations Cup finals.
Long-standing national team member but has played just once in the past year. One of the few locally-based players in the squad. Played at the 1996 Nations Cup finals.
Made a late international debut but is now a regular. Played one match at the 1996 Nations Cup finals. Might be a bit too old now to seek a move outside Liberia.
Kria Vrisi (Gre).
Product of Junior Professionals, a club formed by George Weah which is now among the leading sides in Liberia. Now playing in the Greek Third Division. Made his debut for Liberia as substitute for Weah against Niger in 1998.
Liberia’s most experienced international who made his debut in 1986 against Burkina Faso. Played in Cameroon with James Debbah at Union Douala before moving to Monaco and later Nice. Has been in Greece since 1997, first joining PAOK Salonika after a season with Lugano in Switzerland.
Made his debut against Nigeria in the two countries’ July 2000 World Cup encounter. His club are one of the long-standing successful teams in domestic competition.
11 caps (1 gl).
Graduate of the US college system, where he played at Robert Morris College and in MLS for Tampa Bay Mutiny. Moved to Portugal two years ago. Made his Liberia debut last year against Chad in the World Cup preliminary qualifying round and has been an ever-present squad member since.
Had a spell with compatriot Seah at FC Kochin in India before returning home. His two caps have come against South Africa and Nigeria.
Formerly based in Switzerland but without a club so far this season. His lack of fitness showed in the recent qualifier against Nigeria. Spent three seasons at Lucerne and two at Sion, and also played club soccer in Oman.
Plays in the French Fourth Division. First appeared for Liberia in 1992, against Burkina Faso, but has not been involved in the team on a regular basis until recently. His fourth cap came just over eight years after his debut.
21 caps (3 gls).
Formerly with Grenoble in France and a squad member at the 1996 Nations Cup finals, just a month after his international debut.
Kobulah ‘Zizi’ Roberts
32 caps (6 gls).
A product of George Weah’s team Junior Professionals, signed by Milan but then loaned to Monza, Ravenna and Bellinzona in Switzerland. A 17-year-old squad member at the 1996 African Nations Cup finals.
Al Wakra (Qat).
3 caps (1 gl).
Based in the Middle East for the past four years, leaving him relatively unknown in Liberia. He changed that with a goal early on in the World Cup qualifier away to Ghana to set up a famous win for the Lone Stars. Also had a spell with Videoton in Hungary.
47 caps (6 gls).
Signed by Monaco after Weah had left for PSG but never played. Joined RC Liege in Belgium then Toulouse before moving to Greece in 1996, playing first at Xanthi, then AEK Athens, Iraklis and now Panahaiki. Made his international debut in October 1988 as a substitute in a Nations Cup qualifier away to Mali making his claimed birthdate of 1972 somewhat unlikely.
65 caps (10 gls).
‘Mister George’ is coming to the end of his career in Europe, having struggled to find a rhythm since leaving Milan. But it does not detract from his incredible achievements – World Footballer of the Year, first winner of the European Footballer of the Year award not to come from the continent and double African Footballer of the Year winner, the first time back in 1989 during his golden period under Arsene Wenger at Monaco. Arguably, Africa’s most successful footballing export.
17 caps (4 gls).
Started at Invincible Eleven in Monrovia, one of the three major clubs in Liberia, before going to France under Weah’s patronage. International debut at 18, but has struggled with injuries during his time in Corsica.
50 caps (11 gls).
‘Salinsa’ has been Liberia’s other majorexport to Europe over the past decade and is much-travelled. Played at Monaco, Lyon, Nice and Paris Saint-Germain in France, and has also had brief spells with Anderlecht and in Turkey. Broke a leg playingfor the Lone Stars when they beat Congo in an African Nations Cup qualifier in March.
16 caps (1 gl).
Another playing in the Greek lower divisions and now a regular pick for the national team, able to fill gaps in midfield when needed. Made his debut in a 5-0 defeat by Egypt in the qualifiers for France 98.
Al Hilal (Sau).
26 caps (3 gls).
One of many Liberians who started at Monaco in the wake of Weah and went to Arsenal in England with coach Arsene Wenger. Since failing to make the grade at Highbury he has been something of a wanderer, with stints at Portsmouth, De Graafschap and now in Saudi Arabia.