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Gbilee Honored In India!

By Roland M. Mulbah
rolandmulbah@liberiansoccer.com
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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 “our own”.

Historically, players from the North-East have had a strong presence in the Indian Football team.