After much delays and a guessing game over their arrival, Liberia's Lone Star, Goal.com can authoritatively confirm arrived in Calabar on Saturday morning ahead of Saturday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles which is billed for 4pm at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Goal.com findings revealed that the Liberian contingent touched down at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar in the early hours of Saturday and were in no mood to receive any courtesy or correspondence from their host, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Goal.com further confirmed that the Liberians refused to take up the accommodation arrangement provided for them and headed to another destination for what we gathered was their fear of a reprisal attack on them having allegedly unfairly treated Nigeria's delegation in Monrovia during the first leg.
A source at the official Hotel arranged by the NFF for the visitors, Channels View who does not want his name mentioned said that his hotel staff were at the Airport on Saturday and saw when the Liberians arrived.
He added that their delegates went to the Liberians on arrival and approached the Liberians who bypassed without a word.
"The Liberians are in the Calabar. They arrived in the early hours of Saturday.
“Our officials went to receive them but we heard they were making excuses of not being satisfied with the arrangement on ground even when they haven't seen it.”
The hotelier further disclosed that it was later they got the information that the LFA officials gave flimsy excuses to disparage the hotel accommodation provided for them and sought an alternative arrangement.
"I learnt they were conscious of what they would be doing in Nigeria owing to the treatment meted out to our delegation when the first leg was played.
They refused to go ahead with the NFF arrangement and instead went ahead with that of their own," the official of Channel View added.
Goal.com called the NFF's chief media officer Demola Olajire who also confirmed that the Liberians were in Calabar but couldn't give an answer to whether they would have a feel of the U J Esuene Stadium before match time.
Liberia camped in Ghana for some days in preparation for the make or mar second leg qualifier where they must score goals to progress to the Nations Cup for the first time since Mali, 2002 where they were eliminated in the first round.
They were also in the 1996 edition too held in South Africa. It was their maiden appearance.
The Super Eagles hold the aces after securing a 2-2 draw in Monrovia despite the reported hostility against them. All the Nigerian team needs is a draw that is lower than 2-2 to progress to South Africa.