Shannon Heads FCAK-Lib
By Julu Johnson
Former Liberia international Musa Shannoh has been named President of
the newly formed FCAK-Lib.
The former Lone Star striker is taking over at a time the club is
preparing to make its debut in the 2008 Premier League season of the
Liberia Football Association (LFA).
FCAK-Lib is a Liberian branch of the South African first division
side, FCAK, owned by Mr. Aziz Kara. Mr. Kara is the head of Bahlodi/Africa
Ltd., with its Liberian branch called Bahlodi/Africa/Liberia Ltd.
FCAK-Lib was established after the dissolution of Mark Professionals
at the end of last yearís football season.
Born August 1, 1975, Musa Shannon was a Liberian footballer who has
played 11 times for Liberia and scored 1 goal for the national team.
Born in the U.S. while his parents were attending Syracuse University,
Shannon is a citizen of both the U.S. and Liberia. His family moved
back to Monrovia after completing their studies and a young Musa
showed promise playing on neighbourhood teams.
He also developed a passion for Liberiaís national side; he grew up
near the teamís stadium and would occasionally jump stadium fences to
sneak into Lone Star games. He went to St. Patrick's High School in
In 1990, with the civil war in full swing, Shannon and his family were
evacuated from Monrovia by U.S. Marines under orders to remove all
American citizens from the country. Shannon, then 15 years old, and
his family settled in Queens, New York, and later moved to New Jersey.
He earned a soccer scholarship from Robert Morris University in
Pittsburgh where he graduated with a degree in business
In 1997, Shannon was drafted out of college by the Tampa Bay Mutiny in
Major League Soccer. While in Tampa, Shannon formed a dangerous
partnership with Carlos Valderrama and tallied an impressive 20 goals
and seven assists in 50 regular season games.
In 2000, Shannon joined the Portuguese club Maritimo, a team he left
after two seasons because of a falling out with team management due to
his commitments to the Liberian national team. He later played for the
Colorado Rapids, Vancouver Whitecaps, Kitchee FC in Hong Kong and
Nancheng FC (a club from mainland China playing in Hong Kong).