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Reports: Glasgow Celtic interested in acquiring Timbers' Darlington Nagbe

 

Scottish giants Celtic FC are interested in acquiring Portland Timbers playmaker Darlington Nagbe and will host him at their UEFA Champions League match against FC Barcelona on Wednesday, according to The Scottish Sun and the Daily Mail.

The reports said that Nagbe, 26, flew into Glasgow on Tuesday and that Celtic execs will give him the VIP treatment at Wednesday’s contest against Barça. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly interested in adding Nagbe in the January transfer window, with Celtic said to value him in the neighborhood of $2 million.

Nagbe signed a contract extension with the Timbers in March that reportedly keeps him inked through the 2019 MLS season. The second overall pick in the 2011 SuperDraft, the dynamic midfielder has 24 goals and 25 assists in 187 career regular-season appearances. He recorded one goal and five assists in 27 matches for the Timbers in 2016.

Born in Liberia but raised in the US, Nagbe has made 10 appearances with the US national team since gaining citizenship late last year. He declined a call-up to the USMNT for their October friendlies, and was left off of recently-fired head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster for the World Cup qualifying defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica earlier this month. 

 

Liberia Football Executive Arrested in the U.S. For Alleged Fraud

 
 

Monrovia – The Vice President for Operations of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Anthony Cassell Kuoh, has been arrested in the United States of America for alleged gold fraud.

He’s currently being held in federal prisons in North Carolina. He was arrested on November 16, 2016.

Report reaching FrontPage Africa indicates that Kuoh allegedly duped Charlotte Police Chief, Kerr Putney, and reportedly bought a house for US$450, 000 in cash, purchased two vehicles and then deposited US$ 80,000 into a friend's bank account.

The LFA in Monrovia has admitted that they are aware of Kuoh arrest.

However, in a statement, the football governing body said it was not aware of circumstances surrounding his arrest.

“The LFA is in contact with his family and will continue to provide the public with information on the reasons leading to his detention,” the statement read.

In August 2015, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism announced that Kuoh was wanted for prosecution in an US$247,500 theft involving the National Security Agency (NSA) and some Korean businessmen in 2014.

However, lawyers representing Kouh threatened legal action against the ministry for the pronouncement.

At the Information Ministry pronouncement, the then Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Atty. Isaac Jackson said - “A finding by the Special Presidential Committee mandated to investigate accusation of money laundering, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud some foreign investors revealed that the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LFA first division club - Cassell FC was invloved.

Cassell Kuoh is one of the two conspirators directly involved with the illegal arrest and subsequent stealing of the Korean businessmen money.”

However, addressing journalists, Kouh’s lawyer, Cllr. Amara Sheriff asked Minister Jackson to be prepared to produce evidence that the Special Presidential Committee, headed by the then Dean and Professor of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, recommended Mr. Kuoh’s prosecution.

 “We are going to file a million United States dollars damages lawsuit for the injuries done by the false statements printed on several newspapers and broadcast on various radios about our clients throughout the country,” he said.

The case involving the Korean businessmen is still being heard at the Circuit Court in Kakata, Margibi County.

Investigation continues.

 

Report by Lennart Dodoo | dodoolennart@gmail.com | +231 886 33 40 65 | +231 777 788 805

 
Published in LFA League
Friday, 18 November 2016 19:24

LFA VPO FACE ARREST

 

 

 

BY LFA Press           

November 18, 2016: The Liberia Football Association has received reports about the arrest of its Vice President for Operations by Federal Law enforcement officials in United States.

The LFA is not aware about the nature and the reason for the arrest as yet.

The LFA is in contact with his family and will continue to provide the public with information on the reasons leading to his detention. 

 

More Details to Follow

 
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By Boy Dolo


The former Nimba United defender has finally made his senior National Team debut, after eight seasons in the top flight of Liberian Football.

Barrack Young Controller (BYC) defender Kemoh Kamara made his senior National Team debut in Liberia 1-0 defeat to Kenya at the MISC Kasarani fStadium on Tuesday.

The defender known on the local scene as “John Terry” based on his brilliant control of the object with his head just like the England and Chelsea center back, came on as a 59th minute substitute for South Africa-based Dominic Doe and partnered well with his BYC teammate Prince Jetoh.

Kamara played for the Lone Star Under-20 team about six years ago, but could not catch the eyes of any of the National Team coaches, despite his brilliant performance in the national league.

He was named the best defender in the country after he captained Nimba United as they gained promotion to the Liberia Football Association First Division.

Kamara was also inspirational in helping the Mountaineers lift the LFA First Division Title in the 2014-2015 season.

The no-nonsense defender is the first player in Liberia to win the LFA First Division back to back, first with Nimba United in 2015 and BYC last season.

He also won the BYC Rocky award, a prize giving to the best defender of the club.

Meanwhile a Paul Were’s 56th minute strike ensured the Harambee Stars maintained their unbeaten run against the Lone Star.

Prior to the match, both countries met two times with Harambee Stars emerging victorious on both occasions.

Their only two meetings were during World Cup qualifiers in 1989 where Kenya won 1-0 on aggregate. The teams drew 0-0 in January in Monrovia before Stars won 1-0 at home on 12 August, 1989

Liberia had the first chance at goal through Mamelodi Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor whose shot from a tight angle was picked by Boniface Oluoch.

But the hosts reacted swiftly with numerous of chances, but Tommy Songo outstanding performance saw the first 45 minutes finishing nil-nil.

The Kenyan took the lead six minutes after recess with the Greece based winger (Were) beating the offside trap before rounding Songo to break the deadlock.

Laffor had a good chance to restore parity on the 71st minute when put through but blasted wide in a one against one situation.

LISCR FC defensive midfielder Saah Nyumah and Murphy Oscar Dolley were impressive in midfield agaisnt Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama. Both William Jerbo and Joel Johnson did not make the trip due to unexplained reasons

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Monrovia - There were eight players from Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), who featured in Liberia’s 0-1 defeat to Kenya in a FIFA-approved international friendly at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on November 15.

Greece-based Paul Were of Acharnaikos scored a 52nd minute goal to continue Kenya’s unbeaten run in eight games in friendlies and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.

But it was the BYC players—Karleo Anderson, Hilton Varney, Prince Jetoh, Kemoh Kamara, Sporo Somah, David Tweh, Mark Paye and Van Dave Harmon that dominated the build-up to the match.

Sylvanus Morris of BYC was also selected but didn’t feature.

This could be due in part to Liberia head coach James Salinsa Debbah’s friendship with BYC chief executive officer Robert Alvin Sirleaf under whose reportedly influence he was appointed as board member at the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA).

BYC will represent Liberia in the 2017 CAF Champions League, having won the 2016 Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division championship.

During his playing days, Debbah was controversial at best and problematic at worst and it appears those attributes have followed him to the dugout.

Since his appointment in November 2014, Debbah’s tenure have been marred by selecting unwanted players and family member to allegations of slicing players’ perdiems and from verbal exchanges with players to a condemnation of the league and insults meted fans.

Fresh from his coaching familiarization visit with Leicester City in England, Debbah nullified the selection of local players recruited by U-23 head Coach Thomas Kojo and selected almost the first-team of BYC.

Former Manchester City striker Alex Nimely and Spain-based Boison Wynney de Souza were called-up by Debbah but watched from the bench.

Nimely was pursued in 2008 by German coach Antoine Hey, who invited him for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, but he refused on grounds of a lack of insurance.

He was invited by Coach Kaetu Smith during the 2013 Afcon qualifiers but didn’t honor the invitation.

When Debbah first invited him in June 2015 for the 2017 Afcon qualifiers, Nimely said he needed permission from his father because he was out of contract.

So, it is not clear whether Nimely, who plays for FC Viitorul Constanta in the Romanian Liga I, has been insured or got the thumbs-up from his father.

Nimely, who has Liberian parents, was adopted by an Englishman and played for England during the 2009 under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

It is also not clear whether Liberia got permission from football’s world governing body—FIFA to allow Nimely switch allegiance.

Souza, who was born in Spain on December 27, 1996, was impressive in training but Debbah stuck with LISCR FC goalie Tommy Songo.

The 19-year-old, who serves as CE Europa FC’s first choice goalkeeper in Spain’s Tercera Division (fourth division), was seen as a solution to Liberia’s goalkeeping problem.

United States-based Joel Johnson Alajarin, who plays for Charlotte Independence in the United Soccer League as a right back, didn’t honor the invitation.

Joel, who was born in Torrent, Valencia to a Liberian father and a Spanish mother, played for Valencia and Real Madrid’s youth teams.

Morocco-based William Jebor of Wydad Athletic Club was also absent but South Africa-based Anthony Snothi Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns and Lithuania-based Oscar Murphy Dorley of FK Trakai featured.

Liberia had the first chance when Laffor’s shot from a tight angle was picked by Boniface Oluoch.

But the hosts reacted swiftly with scores of chances and Songo stood-up to their onslaught.

Laffor had a good chance to restore parity in the 71st minute when put through but blasted wide in a one-on-one situation.

LISCR FC defensive midfielder Saah Nyumah and Dorley were impressive in midfield against midfielder Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspurs in England.

Liberia used the match to prepare for the 2019 Afcon qualifiers while Kenya are also preparing for the 2018 Chan Nations Cup for local players and 2019 Afcon qualifiers.

Coach Stanley Okumbi is also out to assemble a formidable team which can be a force to reckon with ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Kenya beat DR Congo 1-0 in Kinshasa on October 4 with a goal from Sweden-based striker Michael Olunga.

Eric Johanna scored a 16th minute goal as Kenya beat Mozambique 1-0 on Saturday in Nairobi.

Liberia’s only meetings with Kenya were during the 1990 World Cup qualifiers.

They drew the first leg 0-0 on January 21, 1989 in Monrovia and lost 1-0 in Nairobi on August 11, 1989.

Liberia: 16-Tommy Songo (GK), 18-Anthony Laffor, 19-Karleo Anderson, 21-Hilton Varney (6-Carlos Williams 86’), 3-Prince Jetoh, 13-Dominic Doe (5-Kemoh Kamara 59’), 7-Saah Nyumah, 8-Sporo Somah (10-Fallah Sheriff 54’), 14-Murphy Dorley (22-David Tweh 76’), 15-Mark Paye, 20-Van Dave Harmon (17-Terrence Tisdell 68’)

Unused substitutes: 23-Boison Deosouza, 11. Alex Nimely.

 

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By DAVID KWALIMWA

Liberian coach, James Debbah, has sensationally described the Kenya national football team as “mediocre” while also insisting that the team’s captain Victor Wanyama is average.

The Lone Stars coach made these comments in a series of interviews during his three day visit to Kenya.</p>
On Tuesday afternoon, he was in charge of his team during a 1-0 loss at the hands of Harambee Stars at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.</p>
Greece based forward Paul Were scored the&nbsp;victors&nbsp;lone goal in the second half, a strike Debbah maintains was scored from an offside position, although television replays suggests otherwise.</p>

OFFSIDE GOAL
The 46 year old tactician, who boasts a stellar career having turned out for among other teams, AS Monaco, Lyon, PSG and Nice during his playing days, was also seen gesturing to his players to leave the field in protest after Were had scored the goal.


Here is a sampled list of Debbah’s responses from the Kenyan media.
On Harambee Stars: “They are mediocre (a section of journalists laugh), yes I said they are a mediocre team. They have struggled to beat us at home with all their professionals and yet we came with out third rate team.”
On Victor Wanyama: “I don’t follow him very much but from what I have seen today, he is average.”>
On Kenyan football: “I don’t follow the Kenyan league.”
<p><strong>On the goal his team conceded:</strong> “I am alarmed by the level of officiating here and yet this was just an international&nbsp;friendly. That goal was offside and my players are very disappointed.”</p>
<p><strong>On his thoughts about Kenya:</strong> “I haven’t seen much of Kenya but it looks average. Remember I have&nbsp;lived in Paris and New York for a very long time.”<br>

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 14:13

Football the Process of Winning:

 

Editorial 

The art of developing the next generation of young players is firmly rooted in giving each player a clear details about the basic fundamentals of the game while also giving them great individual attention in the entire process. This is easily done by setting up youth programs and academics through the national government, individuals or clubs across the country(Liberia )

Local Players, Clubs and National Teams

Local Players enhancement helps clubs and national team growth. Liberia's clubs and the football authority need youth systems to develop the culture of continuity which is one the bedrock of football growth and development.

Youth Setup Into Groups

The formative level:
comprises of the U15, U16, U17 and U18. At this stage, the objective is not about results, rather teaching the players, giving them the basic information about the sport, such as control, passing, movements, having lot of the ball to their feet and more importantly having fun and permitting the game to be the teacher.

The Performing Group

At this stage, systems of plays are taught in details, decisions making, emphasis on ball retention, use of the ball in tight situations or spaces , how to control the pace of any given game and teaching them(Players ) positioning when the team is out of possession of the ball. It is so vital at this stage to teach them, when is the appropriate time to attack the opposing team, set pieces and many more are highlighted at this level.

Communication between coaches of all levels

The big plus of all these is that, all Coaches must follow the same pattern and be able to coach in the same manner laying importance on the above mentioned objectives at the performance level. This can be possible through the Liberia football Association technical department who is responsible for technical development of football is the country. There must be a blueprint that is given to heads of these programs at the national level while also working with clubs' technical directors to ensure that everyone is on the same width length in terms of the curriculum. Communication is the key here.

. The Philosophy

It should be clearly stated from the onset that team value, discipline and the awareness of the greater good of the team must be highly value and every player or individual associated with the project must make it their responsibility to follow the same route or path

Our Identity

I will suggest that we will play a more possession kind of football, taking into consideration the size of our players and the natural technical prowess of our players.
For example, the Spanish- game is highly technical and possession oriented. The size of their players got a lot to do with that.
We as a nation(Liberia ) need to establish our characteristic in our game.

Remember

Success is never by mistake and will never be. we as a nation and stakeholders of the sport in Liberia must birth a vision, must plan accordingly, be committed and dedicated while believing that it's possible because evidences are right in our faces from nearby nations and countries faw away in Europe and other parts of the global. Very vital, not forgetting about our financial sacrifice without which, success in football is a mere lecture.

Human Resource

Education of the four pillows of the game is very important in sustaining any success that will be gained from our(Liberia ) investment.
Coaches, Administrators, Medical men, and Match officials must be developed and educated in order to smoothly transfer the knowledge gain to their subjects. The drawback is that, when coaches, administrators, match officials and medics are not knowledgeable about the various aspects of the game's development, the trigger down effects can be disastrous ." Bad teacher bad student".

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By Boy Dolo


Former Manchester City attacker Alex Nimely and Spain-based Boison Wynney de Souza will have to wait to make their international debuts, after they were left on the bench in Liberia 1-nil defeat to Kenya on Tuesday at the MISC Kasarani at 4pm EAT.

Both men were expected to feature in James Debbah’s locally dominant squad, but only watched the match from the bench.

Nimely, who plies his trade with Romanian Club Viitorul Constanța turned down several invitations to feature for Liberia and soccer pundits believe that may have been a pay-back.

Brazilian-born Spain-based de Souza was impressive in training, but Debbah maintained Tommy Songo in goal as the LISCR FC goal custodian was the man of the match for the visitors.

De Souza, born December 27, 1996, in Spain, currently plays for the Spanish fourth tier club CE Europa FC.

The 19-year-old, who serves as CE Europa’s first choice goalkeeper, was prior to the match considered the solution to Liberia goalkeeping problem, as he has been a regular in the goal for several Spanish clubs.

Meanwhile a Paul Were’s 51st minute strike ensured the Harambee Stars maintained their unbeaten run against the Lone Stars

Prior to the match, both countries met two times with Harambee Stars emerging victorious on both occasions.

Their only two meetings were during World Cup qualifiers in 1989 where Kenya won 1-0 on aggregate. The teams drew 0-0 in January in Monrovia before Stars won 1-0 at home on 12 August, 1989

Liberia had the first chance at goal through Mamelodi Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor whose shot from a tight angle was picked by Boniface Oluoch.

But the hosts reacted swiftly with numerous of chances, but Tommy Songo outstanding performance saw the first 45 minutes finishing nil-nil.

The Kenyan took the lead six minutes after recess with the Greece based winger (Were) beating the offside trap before rounding Songo to break the deadlock.

Laffor had a good chance to restore parity on the 71st minute when put through but blasted wide in a one against one situation.

LISCR FC defensive midfielder Saah Nyumah and Murphy Oscar Dolley were impressive in midfield agaisnt Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama. Both William Jerbo and Joel Johnson did not make the trip due to unexplained reasons

Liberia Line up

Liberia Starting XI: 16. Tommy Songo (GK), 18. Anthony Laffor, 19. Karleo Anderson, 21. Hilton Varney (6. Carlos Wlliams 86’), 3. Prince Jetoh, 13. Dominic Doe (5. Kemoh Kamara 59’), 7. Saah Nyumah, 8. Sporo Somah (10. Fallah Sheriff 54’), 14. Murphy Dorley (22. David Tweh 76’), 15. Mark Paye, 20. Van Dave Harmon (17. Terrence Tsidell 68’)
Unused subs: 23.Boison Deosouza, 11. Alex Nimely,

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 Wynney de Souza and Tommy Songo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Published in Lonestar News
Monday, 14 November 2016 12:33

Liberia Faces An Uphill Task Against Kenya

The Lone Star of Liberia will take on the Harambee Stars of Kenya in an international friendly on November 15 at the Kasarani Stadium.

The match will be Liberia’s first since its failure to reach the 2017 African Cup of Nations after a 4-1 thrashing away at Tunisia that dropped them third in Group A with 10 points.

Already, Liberia’s Coach James Debbah has dropped several key players from his team for the encounter. Those players may be a strategic missing piece to a win that could improve Liberia’s FIFA ranking for the month of November. Liberia currently sits at the 104th place, 19 places behind Kenya at 85th.

Debbah is expected to line up several a mixture of local players and some new overseas players that are expecting to make their debut.

Unlike Liberia, which is using the friendly encounter to test the strength of new players, Kenya plans to play at full strength, as they look to grab their third consecutive win.

The Harambee Stars coach, Stanley Okumbi, has brought in Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Victor Wanyama from the English Premier League; the highest scorer on the top Swedish club Djurgardens IF, Michael Olunga; and Jesse Were from the Zambian CAF Champions League semi-finalists Zesco United.

Kenya has already won two matches in succession and will desperately be in search of victory against the Lone Star to continue their winning spree.

The Harambee Stars grabbed a narrow 1-0 win away at DRC Congo on October 20, before snatching another narrow 1-0 win over Mozambique on Nov 12, three days before meeting Liberia.

Debbah will have to work on his relatively inexperienced defense to stop Kenya attacking pair Olunga and Were, who have produced significant results for their respective clubs this year.

While Debbah may struggle with having an experienced defense, he may rely on his attacking force to do the damage to Kenya. CAF Champions League winner Anthony Snoti Laffor, Wydad Athletic hot striker, William Jebor, and former Manchester City player Alex Nimely will face a Kenya defense that comprises of several experienced foreign-based players.

The match will be the third meeting between both countries. The two sides last played on August 12, 1989 in the Italy 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Having played to a goalless draw in Monrovia on January 22, 1989, Kenya defeated Liberia 1-0 in Nairobi

By T. Kla Wesley Jr.

Published in Lonestar News
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 20:14

6 Professionals For Kenya Game

 
 
By: Antony Kokoi
 

The head coach of the national football team has named five professional players to face Kenya in international match day in Nairobi on Nov. 15.

Coach James Salinsa Debbah is expected to use three debutantes in that match.

They are Spain-based Joel Johnson and former Manchester City striker Alex Nimely. Nimely, who currently plays in Romania for FC Viitorul Constanta, will be making his first debut for the nation’s pride, Lone Star.

Brazilian born Liberian goalkeeper Boison Wynney de Souza, 19, who plays for CD OLÍMPIC DE XÀTIVA in Spain’s Tercera Division (3rd division) will also make his international debut.

William Jebor, Anthony Laffor and Oscar Dorley complete the lineup of players invited for the Kenya game. Invitations have been sent to the players and they will join local players by November 12 in Nairobi, Kenya, according to the Liberia Football Association.

Meanwhile, 29 local based players have begun training at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in preparation for the game. The players will be in training until the team departs on November 11.

A 25 man delegation will fly to Nairobi, Kenya, to honor the international friendly. Coach Debbah and team are expected to use the Kenya friendly as part of preparations for the next round of African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

 
 Boison, de Tercera a ser internacional

 

 
 
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