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LISCR FC’s management has defended the club’s decision to allow key players to leave at a time when they are most needed.

Less than a month to their crucial CAF Champions League match, Liberia’s first division champions made an unexpected announcement of the departure of their star striker, Christopher Jackson, to Belarusian top-flight club FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk for trials.

With the club preparing for the 2018 CAF Champions League preliminary round, where they hope to reach the first round, the fans have been calling on the team to build a strong squad for Al Hilal.

Amid the criticism, the club’s president, Mustapha Raji, admitted that while those players would have played important roles in LISCR’s upcoming matches, the club remains committed to helping young Liberians gain international contracts.

“Players owe loyalty to the club and the club considers each and every one of its player’s interest first,” he said. “Even though our club is engaged in an upcoming crucial CAF competition, the future of our players and Liberia is greater in our opinion. Our acceptance to release the players at this critical stage was all based on capacity building and opportunity to develop players for the Liberia national team with international experience. We will continue this drive to help young Liberians gain international contracts and become independent to support their families and friends. We are determined to promote and cooperate with many clubs and agents worldwide.”

The club continues its build up to their CAF Champions League match against the Sudanese team Al Hilal on February 11, with their regular training sessions at the George Weah Technical Center in Careysburg.

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