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By Boy Dolo


The youthful goalie made his international debut earlier this year featuring for the Liberia Under- 20 team and is now best suited to fly the country’s flag at the senior level.

Nimba United number one goalie Emmanuel Deanneh is among the best cream of local players invited by James Debbah to train ahead of the Lone Star of Liberia friendly engagement with the Harambee Star of Kenya.

He is the only United’s player among the over 30 local base invited by Head Coach James Debbah who returned from London at the weekend.

Most of the club’s key players have left the country for greener pasture.

The game is scheduled to take place on 15th November 2o016 at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi.

Deanneh stood in goal when the National U-20 team of Liberia failed to reach the second round of qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Under-20 Championship as they lost 2-0 to Guinea in Monrovia and drew 1-1 in Conakry.

After that campaign, the youthful goalkeeper expressed optimism that the future still looks bright for him, and it appears his optimism is yielding to reality.

In recent time, Liberia has encountered goalkeeper problem and pundits have already endorsed the lad to guide the goal when Debbah’s men face the Harambee Star later this month.

His only known competitor would be Alhpa Jallon of Barrack Young Controller B-team.

Tommy Songo and James Galley as well as Saydee Swen were prophesized to replace retired Nathaniel Sherman, but all have not live up to the expectations.

Signed from Third Division Club White Tiger in 2014, 18-year-old Deanneh has proven himself as one of the best goalkeepers on the local scene.

He broke through the United’s rank, establishing himself as a first choice in the squad in his first season.

The lad has a great height, timing and knows position. He also made strong reflexes, has a big frame, and is a level headed temperament goalkeeper.

He definitely has all the right attributes to become a world class goalkeeper.

Some of the key invitees are: Sunnyboy Dolo and Terrance Tisdel of FC Fassell, Christopher Jackson of LISCR FC, Mark, Paye, Ketu Jerbo , Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, Van Dave Harmon of BYC among others.

About foreign-based players including CAF Champions League winner Anthony Snoti Laffor and Africa Player of the year nominee William Jebor.

Kenya and Liberia have met two times in history.

The two sides last played on August 12, 1989, in the qualification of the Italy 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Kenya defeated the Lonestar 1-0 in Nairobi, after a previous match that ended in a goalless draw in Monrovia on January 22, 1989.

Kenya promised to shoulder local transportation and hotel accommodation as well as processing and paying for entry visas for the 30-member Liberian football delegation.

Published in Lonestar News

By LFA Press 

THIRSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016: The Liberia Football Association says the WAFU Nations Cup in honor of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will go on as planned.

 The LFA in a release said the tournament is not called off as is being reported in the local media but is being delayed due to ongoing renovation works at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

The LFA said during a meeting with authorities at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in August, it was informed that the stadium will not be ready in time for the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf WAFU Nations Cup.

The football house subsequently informed WAFU about the situation and the tournament was postponed.

LFA President Musa Hassan Biltiy is currently in Ivory Coast attending a meeting of WAFU where sponsorship for the tournament is being concluded and a new date is being set.

Mr. Bility is one of the Vice Presidents of WAFU and said a lucrative sponsorship deal for the event will be announced once negotiations are concluded between WAFU and the sponsors.

The LFA release said once the Sports Ministry give the exact date for the reopening of the SKD Sports Complex, it will inform WAFU and a timeline will be set for the tournament to take place.

Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:37

A Great Difference Can Be Made

 

 

By: Anthony Kokoi

Not many programs are being organized to attract female players and the fans’ attention to female soccer in Liberia, and this perhaps makes it unpopular.

But another medium to promote females is providing sports education for young and talented players in various sports, especially in an academy.

In Liberia, out of the few soccer academies around, the Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) is one of those seeking to break gender barriers in the Liberian soccer arena.

At the MFA football is combined with formal education along with life skill lessons to break down gender barriers.

Out of the 51 student athletes currently at the academy, there are 21 females, which represent 41.17 percent of the total number of student athletes.

In addition, what could become an extra motivation for the current female student athletes at the academy and serves as an encouragement for future ones, is the willingness of some prominent global female icons to serve as ambassadors for the MFA.

For the past weeks, the MFA has named some global icons as its ambassadors, including head coach of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, and 2015 FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year, Jill Ellis; the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, educate and energize girls in Liberia and around the globe, Hana Tunis; and two-time Olympic gold medalist for the US – soccer, two-times World Cup bronze medalist and winner of US Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year Award, Angela Hucles.

These female icons serving as ambassadors for the MFA clearly shows the academy’s role in promoting gender equality and what female student athletes stand to benefit.

There can be a great achievement not only in female soccer, but also in national development by some of those current and would be female student athletes at the academy.

The MFA, according to its Executive Director Bill Smith, goes beyond training its student athletes to becoming professional soccer players, by making them key stakeholders in various professions nationally and internationally.

When females play sports, they are provided a safe workshop in which to learn critical life skills and create space at a very young age to learn how to perform under pressure, understand their role on a team, participate in a coaching relationship, and learn the importance of practice and preparation. Widespread participation in sports delivers competent women leaders and contributors to countries, companies, and communities.

Making sports available to girls is one of the best investments one can make to prepare for an uncertain future that will absolutely require competent and diverse leadership.

With the involvement of those global female icons and other males as ambassadors, a great difference can be made.

 
 
 
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