|Nickname(s)||The Lone Stars|
|Association||Liberia Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Ansumana Keita|
|Most caps||Joe Nagbe (77)|
|Top scorer||George Weah (18)|
|Home stadium||SKD Stadium|
|Current||151 1 (26 October 2023)|
|Highest||66 (July 2001)|
|Lowest||164 (October–November 2010)|
| Ivory Coast 0–2 Liberia |
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; unknown date 1954)
| Liberia 6–1 Lesotho |
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 23 November 2023 )
| Ghana 6–0 Liberia |
(Accra, Ghana; 6 April 1975)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||2 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1996 and 2002|
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 Year, George 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 1965 Liberia played in first campagin 1965 qualification qualifying campaign, losting its first match 0–1 against Ivory Coast. They also won 3–2 against DR Congo however lost both returning fixtures and were eliminated in the first round. In 1967 Liberia played in 1968 qualification 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 (possibly due to the ongoing First Liberian Civil War), 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 Togo, Tunisia 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 was 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.
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|24 March 2023 AFCON qualification||South Africa||2–2||Liberia||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Orlando Stadium|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|28 March 2023 AFCON qualification||Liberia||1–2||South Africa||Monrovia, Liberia|
||Report||Stadium: Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex|
Referee: Daniel Nii Laryea (Ghana)
|12 September Friendly||Ghana||3–1||Liberia||Accra, Ghana|
||Stadium: Accra Sports Stadium|
Referee: Kouassi Attiogbe (Togo)
|14 October Friendly||Liberia||2–3||Libya||Khouribga, Morocco|
|19:30 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Phosphate Stadium|
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)
|17 October 2023 AFCON qualification||Morocco||3–0||Liberia||Agadir, Morocco|
|20:00 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Adrar Stadium|
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|Note: Match postponed from 9 September due to 2023 Marrakesh-Safi earthquake.|
|17 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liberia||0–1||Malawi||Paynesville, Liberia|
|16:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex|
|20 November 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification||Liberia||0–1||Equatorial Guinea||Paynesville, Liberia|
|16:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex|
|23 November Friendly||Liberia||6–1||Lesotho||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|15:00 UTC+3||Stadium: Orlando Stadium|
|Head coach||Ansumana Keita|
|Assistant coach||Thomas Kojo|
|Deputy coach||Cooper Sannah|
|Goalkeeping coach||Nathaniel Sherman|
|Fitness coach||George Gebro|
|Team manager||Sebastian Collins|
|Assistant Team manager||Tommy Johnson|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics
- Josiah Johnson (1971–78)
- Bert Trautmann (1978–80)
- Paulo Campos (1986)
- Walter Pelham (1986–1990)
- Wilfred Lardner (1990–1998)
- Kadalah Kromah (1999–2000)
- Philippe Redon (2000–02)
- Dominic George Vava (2002)
- Kadalah Kromah (2002–04)
- Joseph Sayon (2004–06)
- Shawky El Din (2006)
- Frank Jericho Nagbe (2006–08)
- Antoine Hey (2008–09)
- Bertalan Bicskei (2010–11)
- Roberto Landi (2011–12)
- Thomas Kojo (2012)
- Kaetu Smith (2012)
- Frank Jericho Nagbe (2013)
- Thomas Kojo (2013)
- James Debbah (2013–17)
- Thomas Kojo (2018)
- Peter Butler (2019–2022)
- Ansumana Keita (2022)
- Thomas Kojo (2022–2023)
- Ansumana Keita (2023–present)
Caps and goals correct as of 17 October 2023, after the match against Morocco.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Boison Wynney||27 December 1996||6||0||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț|
|16||GK||Emmanuel Deanneh||20 June 1995||0||0||Bea Mountain|
|23||GK||Ashley Williams||30 October 2000||17||0||LISCR|
|3||DF||Jamal Arago||28 August 1993||8||0||Al-Ahly|
|11||DF||Mark Pabai||30 September 2000||8||0||Koper|
|13||DF||Joel Johnson||20 September 1992||8||0||Charlotte Independence|
|17||DF||Kemoh Kamara||3 July 1995||14||0||Bea Mountain|
|20||MF||Mohammed Sangare||28 December 1998||12||2||Livingston|
|24||DF||Sampson Dweh||10 October 2001||19||0||Viktoria Plzeň|
|2||MF||Tonia Tisdell||2 January 1992||16||1||Telecom Egypt|
|4||MF||Nohan Kenneh||10 January 2003||4||0||Shrewsbury Town|
|6||MF||Saah Moses Jr.||10 July 2007||1||0||Discoveries SA|
|7||MF||Mohammed Kamara||31 October 1997||2||0||Hapoel Haifa|
|8||MF||Marcus Macauley||27 October 1991||25||5||PDRM|
|12||MF||Albert Korvah||2 February 1999||2||0||Rivers United|
|15||MF||Brem Soumaoro||8 August 1996||11||0||York United FC|
|18||MF||Divine Teah||19 April 2006||9||2||Nimba|
|19||MF||Oscar Dorley (captain)||19 July 1998||33||1||Slavia Prague|
|22||MF||Edward Ledlum||15 June 1999||8||0||Bea Mountain|
|25||MF||Daniel Toe||15 July 2000||0||0||LISCR|
|MF||Prince Saydee||20 February 1996||3||0||Hartford Athletic|
|9||FW||Kpah Sherman||3 February 1992||20||3||Pahang|
|10||FW||William Jebor||10 November 1991||24||13||Valletta|
|21||FW||Abu Kamara||1 April 1997||8||0||Kuching City|
|FW||Sylvanus Nimely||4 September 1998||12||0||Surkhon|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Tommy Songo||20 April 1995||22||0||LISCR||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|GK||Derrick Julu||13 May 2002||1||0||Watanga||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Seth Hellberg||19 August 1995||11||0||Brage||v. Morocco, 17 October 2023|
|DF||Jeremy Saygbe||1 June 2001||13||0||CA Marbella||v. Ghana, 12 September 2023|
|DF||Prince Balde||23 March 1998||14||0||Al-Diwaniya||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Darius Kah||25 January 1997||0||0||LISCR||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Allen Njie||26 July 1999||21||0||Aarau||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Justin Salmon||25 January 1999||7||0||Degerfors||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Joachim Adukor||2 May 1993||5||0||Free agent||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Morris Konneh||11 November 2003||0||0||Heaven Eleven||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Ketu Jerbo||20 June 1998||5||0||Bea Mountain||v. Ghana, 12 September 2023|
|FW||Peter Wilson||9 October 1996||12||2||Jerv||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Farsedu Logan||10 November 1997||1||0||Watanga||v. South Africa, 28 March 2023|
- As of 28 March 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Liberia.
|7||Teah Dennis Jr.||44||1||2011–2019|
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1982||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||0||1|
|1994||Withdrew during qualifying||2||0||1||1||2||4|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||2||1||5||7||12|
|2026||To be determined||2||0||0||2||0||2|
|2030||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1963||Did not enter|
|1965||Did not qualify|
|1970||Did not enter|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|1978||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2025||To be determined|
- Nagbe retired from international duty in 2001 but later played two farewell matches in 2011.
- Weah retired from international duty in 2002 but later played a farewell match in 2018.
- Debbah retired from international duty in 2004 but later played a farewell match in 2018.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. October 26, 2023. Retrieved October 26, 2023.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. November 27, 2023. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
- "Liberia Kit History". Football Kit Archive. Retrieved October 18, 2023.
- Molaposc (July 21, 2014). "Molapo Sports Centre: A good win for Lesotho, but there is still work to do". Molapo Sports Centre. Retrieved October 18, 2023.
- "Final Squad". Twitter. Liberia Football Association.
- Mamrud, Roberto. "Liberia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on December 9, 2022. Retrieved February 2, 2023.