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PostWebtech on Mon 27 Jan 2014, 8:19 am

HEADS will roll in Liberia following the routing of the Lone Stars by Nigeria's Super Eagles in a South Africa 2013 Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar last Saturday.

The Eagles whipped Lone Stars 6-1 to complete a comprehensive 8-3 aggregate win.

Liberia upped the stake for the match by the Presidential involvement in the decisive qualifier and in the return leg, a threatening 125-strong delegation stormed Nigeria for the second leg which ended in disgarce for the Lone Star.

Smarting Liberia's sport chiefs yesterday insisted that a probe of the national team officials and the Technical staff was inevitable. In a bid to save his job, Sports Minister, Tornalah Varpliah, has announced that a report would be made public on what transpired in Calabar, Nigeria.

Varpliah further explained that a Committee would soon be named to investigate the Calabar shame, especially the late arrival of the Lone Star to the UJ Esuene Stadium.

"We're carrying on this investigation to use the outcome as a gaudiness not to bring people to public disrepute," he told The Liberian Times.

'' The display in Calabar was a complete embarrassment to the country and the public needs to know the saga behind it,, added Varpliah.

He said that the 6-1 bashing came as a rude shock to the Liberians because the Lone Star had posted impressive performances against Ghana, Malawi and even Nigeria in the first leg 2-2 draw.

Varpliah believes Liberia needs a sport policy to conduct proper training for sports management. "We have serious limitation when it comes to sport management, we don't know who the right people to do the job, we need the policy to develop and be on par with the international world," he stated.

He noted that the country has many challenges that need to be corrected and will help us improve their game.

The Lone Star arrived Nigeria on the morning of the match and attempted to shift the blame on the Nigerian Aviation authorities and the Nigeria Football Federation.

The last time Liberia was so heavily beaten was seven years ago when Senegal's Teranga Lions beat the Lone Star 6-1 in 2005.

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