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Musa 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 Liberia.

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 administration.

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).