9 Foreign-Based Players For
Swiss-based goalie, Louis Crayton
With just seven days to the crucial international encounter against
Equatorial Guinea in the 2008 qualifiers campaign, the Lone Star of
Liberia has moved to camp.
The team head coach, Fank Jericho Nagbe, named 27 players on Friday
for camp at the Tingod Village Hotel, along the Robertsfield
Highway, outside Monrovia.
The 27 men include 9 Professionals and 18 home-based players.
The Professionals short listed include Swiss-based goalie, Louis
Crayton; midfielders Kelvin Sebwe, of Greece; Anthony Laffor, of
South Africa’s Jomo Cosmo; Murphy Nagbe and Zah Krangar, both of
Indonesian Persikabpas; Francis Grandpa Doe of Greece; Isaiah
Benson, Perry Kollie and Steve Mennoh , all of Indonesia.
Zah Krangar is a skillful young Midfielder
Some of the locally-based players include Jackson Wreh of Watanga;
Melvin King of Gedi and Shoes; Solomon Grimes of Mighty Barrolle;
Gizzie Dorbor of LISCR; LPRC-Oilers’ Shelton Barlee; Solomon Wesseh,
of LPRC-Oilers; Prince Garwo, of LISCR; Mighty Barrolle’s Eric
Weeks; Sengbe Kennedy, of Black Star; among others.
Though the selection has received sharp criticism from the public,
Coach Nagbe told BBC Sport that he was determined to field a team in
which home-grown players would form the majority. "I have a mandate
to build a solid home-based squad for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers
and the process has begun," he said.
"We have to be patient and give encouragement to the local players
who in time will improve." He then blamed the media for the public
criticism towards him saying, that he would not be deterred from
implementing his plans for the Lone Star.
Liberia last Nations Cup finals was in the 2002 finals in Mali. The
team’s first opponent, Equatorial Guinea, will parade their
Liberian-born rugged center back, Lawrence Sokota Doe, of champion
The player, who is nicknamed Puyol, is said to be itching to play
against his native land. Sokota, who played for the likes of
Devereux, LTC-Satellite, St. Anthony and as well had a stint with
Invincible Eleven, left the country in 2001 after signing with
premier club LISCR.