Honored In India!
By Roland M. Mulbah
Young Liberian football star, James Gbilee, who
plies his trade with Indian top flight football club, Lajong FC has
been honored by the Indian Football Federation as the first Liberian
to play in the semi final of the Indian Federation cup.
The versatile Liberian striker, who sometimes
operates as a midfielder, was outstanding in the semi final match
where he played in the middle of the park and helped his team; Lajong
FC thrashed Indian I-league champions, Churchill Brothers to book a
place in the grand final of the Indian Federation cup.
According to the Indian Football official
website, the Liberian was given flowers for breaking such record.
It is not yet clear what the score was like in
the final match who was played on Sunday, January 3, 2010, but the
Liberian could not feature in the grand final due to two yellow cards.
The Federation Cup is an annual knockout style
club football tournament in India.
Shillong Lajong FC was established in 1983 in
Shillong, Meghalaya with the prime objective of improving the
diminishing standard of football in the state, and to spot, train and
nurture local talent. In the local Khasi language Lajong translates to
Historically, players from the North-East have
had a strong presence in the Indian Football team.