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LISCR FC on Wednesday scored a historic victory against Keitrace FC in the knockout competition of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) league at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS. 

LISCR did so after scoring a convincing 3-0 victory over Keitrace FC to qualify the Shipping   boys for the grand final of the competition on a 3-5 aggregate.

LISCR headed by Head coach Tapha Manneh started the game with lot of pressure on the defense of Keitrace and maintained their pressure until the first goal in the 25th minute.     

Midfielder Sekou Sheriff, who scored two of LISCR three goals, brought hope to his side in the 25th minute through a classical free kick from 28 yards that overpowered goalkeeper Godfred David of Keitrace.  

Keitrace players were not up to tax due to their poor ball possession and finishing touches resulting into their 3-0 defeat at home.

Sheriff increased LISCR goal to two in the 30th minute through a magnificent placement from a tactical cross pass received from striker Christopher Jackson.

Keitrace FC Amadia Kawah 33rd minute   shot travelled over the  cross bar.

Substitute Trokon Myers who replaced Jackson in the early minutes of the second half, increase Keitrace frustration in the 53rd minute when he added his side third goal through a scramble ball he got from defender Eugene Swen to secure LISCR qualification 3-5 on aggregate.

Keitrace defeated LISCR in the first leg 2-3 and needed a draw or 1-0 defeat to reach the final of the FA but failed to do so.

Coach Manneh attributed his side win against Keitrace to his players’ determination to win.

  Manner said “Our comeback against LISCR is all about the training we had   before today’s second leg against Keitrace and we could have won the first leg but members of our defense made several errors which led to our defeat but thank God we have qualified for the grand final of the competition.”

He added that his side has continued to perform to expectation in both the first division and knockout competition and urged his players to keep on their good form of the season because they are at the verge of winning the double.

Keitrace FC Head coach Francis William described his side exit from the tournament as a bad luck and blamed his players for failing to reach the grand final of such a major competition of the LFA national league.

 William says “We won the first leg 2-3 but not with standing, we did not live up to expectation something that  is disappointing for me as a coach.”

 LISCR will now battle ELWA United in the grand final of the knockout a date that has not be set by the football house yet.

ELWA United reached the grand final on Wednesday after scoring a 3-2 triumphed over third division side Samira FC in the second leg of the competition.

ELWA won the first leg 2-0 which means ELWA United books their place in the tournament grand finale 5-2 on aggregate.

Published in LFA League
Friday, 04 August 2017 02:24

BYC closes gap on LISCR BYC-2: Jubilee-1

 

BY: Christopher C. Walker

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Monrovia - Barrack Young Controllers closed to within two points of LISCR FC at the top of the Liberia Football Association First Division league as Van-Dave Harmon and Mark Paye scored a goal in each half to beat Jubilee FC 1-2 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Tuesday August 1, 2017.

 

Earlier, Van-Dave did not make use of a decent cross pass from Mark Paye that rolled across the post, Van-Dave was late to just tip in the match opener.

 BYC who is now seated second on the league table after LISCR won their protest against Fassell FC for using two illegal players. The victory has put pressure on the league leaders LISCR who need only two points from their last two games to be crown Champions.

Ketu Jerbo 11th minute goal was disallowed for off-side by central referee George Roger, after a Paye free kick was saved by the Jubilee keeper Tmacs Wonderful.

The “Church Boys” were quite allowing the “Go Blue Boys” to dominate the first half but their dominance was not notice due their failure to score more goals.

BYC got the match opener in the 27 minutes through their striker and captain Van-Dave Harmon after Jerbo’s beautiful skill down the flank before delivering a cross that Harmon placed at the back of goalie Wonderful’ s net.

Van-Dave who was instrumental in the local based national team of Liberia 0-1 victory away from home over Mauritania, goal against Jubilee FC has taken his  goals in the league to 12.

Joseph Mento was a constant threat against the defending champions but his runs combine with Darlington Weah did not help the Church boys from going down.

Up by a goal Van-Dave shot from the  six-yard box was saved by goalkeeper Wonderful after James Kpoto cross in the 30th minute.

Jerbo who joined BYC from ELWA United at the start of the league put up one of his best performances for the club, as both Sam Smith and Alvin Polo were yellow carded for fouling the pacey winger.

After the break Robert Lartey knowing the technical ability of his little brother William Lartey head coach of Jubilee, brought on Sam Jackson for Sporo Somah whom did not perform during the first half getting booked by referee Roger.

Two minutes in to the second half BYC double their lead after Harmon ran around the keeper, given he could have easily scored and unselfishly setting up Mark Paye to score his 5th goal of the current season.

While BYC was celebrating their second goal Jubilee got the match consolation through Darlington Weah placement from a Joseph Mento cross to make it 1-2 to BYC.

Kpoto was booked for a dangerous foul on Mento.

Down by a goal the church boys mounted pressure on BYC as their hardworking midfielder Edward Selebah missed a free header in the 65th minute that could have level the score.

Later in the 75th minute Dusty Theo shot from close range travel over the cross bar by inches.

Sylvanus Morris was substituted in the 77th minute for Gideon William while Samir Kamara was introduced for Ketu Jerbo in the 80th minute.

Tuesday result mean BYC has now close the gap on LISCR to two points with 38 points from 21 games but the shipping boys have two games more to play with 40 points.

"We created a huge number of chances and deserved to win by a bigger margin," BYC coach Robert Lartey told FrontPage Africa News Paper.

"Against an opponent with very good players we've picked up three valuable points."

Lartey made few changes in the side that beat ELWA United 2-1 few weeks ago to move up the table.

And whilst not matching that drama, there was no shortage of action as Jubilee showed up the defensive flaws against Lartet’s 4-4-2 system.

An action packed opening minutes saw two goals scored by the “Blues” in each half of the game. 

BYC's weakness from crosses was exposed again after conceding over four goals in the CAF and WAFU Tournament.

Published in LFA League
Friday, 04 August 2017 02:22

Neymar to earn £40.3m a year at PSG

Neymar to earn £40.3m a year at PSG

 

Neymar will earn 865,000 euros (£775,477) a week when the Brazil forward completes his world record move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain.

The 25-year-old's wages will equate to 45m euros (£40.3m) a year before tax.

Barcelona have told the French club they must pay his 222m euro (£198m) fee "in full" and they are understood to be ready to meet his release clause.

It means PSG's total outlay across the initial five-year deal will come to £400m.

The Brazil international arrived at training on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave.

He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde not to train and to "sort out his future".

The latest development comes two days after it emerged Barca were ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if PSG signed Neymar.

That came after La Liga president Javier Tebas threatened, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, a legal response against the former Ligue 1 champions if European football's governing body failed to take action.

He also said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had been made aware of the Spanish league's intentions.

According to Forbes' rich list, the Brazilian is currently the only footballer to earn more from his off-field endorsements than his playing contract at Barcelona.

Neymar's sponsors include global brands such as Nike, Gillette, Panasonic and Beats by Dre and bring the 25-year-old in $22m (£16.6m) on top of his $15m (£11.3m) salary.

"He was the first soccer player to have his own custom Air Jordan sneakers made by the Swoosh," says Forbes.

However, that will change when he completes a world-record move to PSG and collects a pre-tax weekly wage of 865,000 euros (£775,477) or 45m euros (£40.3m) a year.

That is more than current Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi, who signed a new deal worth a reported £500k per week in July, and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo's £365,00-a-week deal.

It looks set to make the Brazilian the best-paid player in the world, overtaking Carlos Tevez who is said to earn £615,000 per week at Shanghai Shenhua.

Team-mate Messi has paid tribute to the 25-year-old. He wrote in an Instagram post: "It was a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you my friend Neymar. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life. See you tomorrow."

Neymar responded to the post saying: "Thank you brother.. I will miss you uncle!"

Neymar moved to Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 for £48.6m, and signed a new five-year deal with the 24-time Spanish champions in 2016.

His representative Wagner Ribeiro, who on Wednesday tweeted he was in Paris, said last year that his client had been offered a tax-free £650,000 a week to sign for the French club.

He also said the forward "was close to a move to Manchester United".

Rumours of Neymar's potential departure resurfaced recently, but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the BBC the player would be staying.

Neymar played for the Catalan side in the recent International Champions Cup in the United States, before travelling to China to fulfil commercial commitments.

He travelled back to Spain on Tuesday and returned to the club's training ground on Wednesday.

The Brazilian has scored 105 goals for Barcelona, helping them to two league titles, three Copas del Rey and a Champions League crown.

PSG's owners, Qatari Sports Investment (QSI), are the upstarts within the European game and determined to disrupt the old order.

QSI is an arm of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund - so PSG's ambitions are backed by the enormous natural gas wealth of the Gulf state.

Qatar is locked in a bitter dispute with its Arab neighbours - so this transfer has a distinct political overtone as it seeks to show it will not be diminished or cowed by an ongoing trade blockade and a diplomatic war of words.

Having secured the World Cup in 2022, Doha sees PSG as one of the ways through which the state can achieve its ambitions.

Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations have certainly tempered PSG's elaborate spending in recent seasons, and Neymar's arrival would represent a serious challenge to the club in this respect - but there's confidence within PSG's boardroom that it will not be a significant issue.

Ultimately this deal will not be judged in the governmental salons of Doha nor on a spreadsheet. Instead, success must be delivered through PSG capturing arguably the club game's greatest trophy, the Champions League.

Neymar is one third of Barcelona's 'MSN' strikeforce, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

In the past three seasons, they have scored 250 goals between them in 299 appearances.

But they do more than just score...

 

Friday, 04 August 2017 02:19

Sports: Tribute To A Fallen Giant

 

 

A Noble And Quiet Gentle Man, A True Patriot, A Coach and Statesman, Honorable Philip Fanien Robinson

By Borbor H. Gaye


This moment is a time of sober reflections: for the family; his colleagues at home and in Africa; his former class and school mates; his neighbors; people from all walks of life and in particular, all former players of football associations current and former in Liberia, as well as the government and people of Liberia.

As we look back during the coaching career and mentorship of this great and patriotic stalwart of our country, the Republic of Liberia, our hearts are filled with grief and sadness. Honorable Philip Fanien Robinson, a friend and father was not only a national coach of the Liberia National Football Team-Lone Star, he was Liberia’s premier referee ambassador from the continent of Africa, to several international referee associations which are affiliated bodies of the Liberia Football Association, LFA.

As an international referee, Honorable Robinson was a member of not only the Liberia Referee Association, he was a highly rated “Class A” Umpire of the Confederation of Africa Football Association – CAF, West Africa Football Union – WAFU and a distinguished Umpire (Referee) of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).

The transition of this great stalwart and patriotic son comes at a time when we were away from home in a strange land. We regret this irreparable loss of this quiet giant away from home, mindful of the fact that all sporting organizations would have turned out to bid him farewell for a lifelong service to Mother Liberia.

His death was received with great shock by my family, as the news of his passing echoed throughout the United States and reached my colleagues and other former players in Liberia. The sadness in their voices demonstrated the true love they and the people of Liberia have always had for Honorable Robinson.

It was like a lightning had consecutively struck our bodies; hence, it was difficult to console all the players who even as this tribute is being read are calling, crying on the phone. Like them, I am finding it extremely difficult to accept he has transitioned, whenever I reflect on our friendship over some fifty-one years ago. Ambien, as he was affectionately called by us, will be greatly missed. His quiet demeanor and tone of his voice, his unique and gentle pieces of advice will not form part of the learning process of our youths, who no doubt, would have loved to hear his “voice.”

There is a fierce urgency for an astute mentor as a deceased coach; there is a need to fill that vacuum occasioned by the home-going of my great friend and fatherly figure; there is need for a coach of his stature and a referee of his unique abilities to umpire an international match while wearing both the badge of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) for the Republic of Liberia during international matches; there is certainly a need to translate his dream of building a sports academy to be realized; yes, there is a need to finding someone as “Selfless” as our late brother, coach, and friend. There also a desperate need for the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to identify a coach who will train young boys and girls to play for that which emphasizes “Fair Play.”

The doyen of Liberian coaches and the mentor of several former soccer stars, prominent among them is Professor Dr. Charles R. Woefell, Honorable Christopher J. Nippy, First Secretary for Political and Consular Affairs, Chancery of the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia near Washington, D.C., United States.

The late Philip F. Robinson was a great soccer star before and during my time on both the Mighty Barrolle football team and the Liberia National Football Team – Lone Star. In the late 50s and 60s, he played for Youth Leaders and later the Jet Football Team. Given his talent as a dribbler and midfielder, he was selected with David Momo, Jet’s goalkeeper, George and Garrison Sackor and Colonel Samuel Williams, who predeceased him, to train with the Lone Star.

Given his profound knowledge of the game, he was sent to Germany where not only his skills were polished, but where he would be trained to develop the soccer (football) skills of soccer stars such as Tarpeh Roberts, Mar Saar, Patrick Teah and Tommy Manneh of the BAME Football Team; another goalkeeper Alexander Peal, a wildlife scientist, several other players including King James Zito Davies, Solomon Sipply, Nyennehtu Santos Maria Brown, Samuel B. Toe, Vava George, Anthony D. Teacher Gray, Paul Broh and a host of several national stars.

In the early 60s, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) licensed him as Africa and Liberia’s first FIFA Badge Referee to umpire football games in Africa and Europe. By these preferments, he achieved a landmark success and arrived at the apex of his career as an international referee and FIFA certified coach. Philip, as some of his peers called him, was one of the first Liberian and African to be internationally certificated a coach and referee; thus joining the ranks of European licensed coaches and referees. As such, many professional Liberian footballers, including George Manneh Weah, now senior Senator of Montserrado County, Salinsa Debbah, current coach of Lone Star, and several others.

Over time, Honorable Robinson soon discovered that it was now clear that attention by central administration and those at the Liberia Football Association (LFA) lacked the interest to construct a “sports academy” through which he would have trained coaches in basketball, football, table tennis and many subjects in sports training and management, and he transferred his efforts to build an organized sports foundation in Liberia.

As a result of fulfilling his dreams, Coach Robinson organized youth programs in various high schools and local communities with the view that government would be encouraged once something was started. Finding it very embarrassing that government was not forthcoming, he decided to help in developing the soccer talents of youths as feeder teams – one of such teams he named “The Scholastic All Stars,” whose players were drawn from high schools in Monrovia and rural Liberia.

This primarily was a “Strategy” to support and replenish players on the senior national soccer team. This resulted into my being drafted along with several young high school student-athletes; we were ONLY taken to the national camp when the national team – The Lone Star – had international matches; when the game (s) were completed, we were returned home. As a direct result of this practice and even though we were highly competitive to Ghana Black Stars, Syli Nationale of Guinea and Nigeria Green Eagles who were constantly camped, it was difficult to fully handle our counterparts, resulting in games either being tied or a win for the opponents by a lone goal.

Over time, providence would intervene given his creativity and imagination, to be promoted to the position of Director of Sports at The Ministry of Youth & Sports, taking Liberian sports to another level by organizing training camps for kids and coaches of various sporting disciplines. In the 80s, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Minister for Sports, Republic of Liberia.

As a gentle and quiet giant who is always on the move, Coach Philip Fanien Robinson, affectionately known as Ambien by us footballers, especially players of the Lone Star, this man of less words but wisdom was a member of several other international sporting organizations, including: The Liberian National Olympic Committee (LNOC); The International Olympic Committee (IOC); The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA); The Confederation of African Football (CAF) among others.

In 1963, I and some other young boys were encouraged to take our education and athleticism as gifts needed to be harnessed to fulfill our dreams in life, in spite inviting us to camp at the former Chiefs Compound on Camp Johnson Road, where the Lone Star was being camped in preparation for a match against the Nigerian Green Eagles (now known as Super Eagles).

Based on this invitation, at 16 years, I was selected to the Lone Star team comprising (Dr.) Charles R. Woefell, George and Garrison Sackor, Jackson Weah, Jasper Domino, Josiah Johnson, David Momo, Jadeh Williams (We Go), Monkey Brown, among others. On the 1963 team (many of those named have predeceased Coach Robinson), except Dr. Woefell, Josiah Johnson and in 1972, Honorable Robinson and Mr. Les Courtier, his counterpart, a British international coach, trained another group of very skillful and talented group of stars whose names were trumpeted throughout Africa as they were in Liberia; but, like the first group, lack of interest by government would dash the hope of Liberia ever capturing the West Africa or African Cup of Nations – there was absolutely no support from central administration.

This never defeated now resting giant with the heart of a lion in 1979 and would at least have his dream realized by winning the Six-Nation Tournament during the administration of President William Tolbert. The winning of this trophy demonstrated and proved that if Fanien was given the necessary support by previous presidents, Liberia would have won several African championships during the David Momo and Christopher J. Nippy’s era as goalkeepers on the Lone Star team in 1962 and 1972 respectively.

As I close this tribute in profound memory of our mentor, your father, and our father: a man of tremendous wisdom, but a gentle and quiet voice; a once driving force of several successful football players; an astute gentleman; an exemplary leader; a selfless and great man of integrity; a statesman and true patriot; a visionary and mentor; I will be remise by not informing all of us, that the man whose lifeless body in a few minutes will be laid to rest had groomed administrators, academicians, diplomats, forest and wide life scientists, a senator and an array of other distinguished professionals, including ministers of the Gospel.

Most of those who Coach Robinson mentored were once referred to as “Go Round-Grona Boys” by their countrymen; the once despised were encouraged to take each day a meaningful step at a time forgoing all hardships and focusing on their respective future. I want to thank Mrs. Minerva Crayton- Robinson and her children for sharing a piece of your dearest husband, father, cousin, and uncle with us. In the name of each of the former players of Lone Star, and in my own name as Captain, I wish to convey our deepest condolences to you Mrs. Robinson, our mother, and through you to Robinson’s family.

May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and may light perpetual shine on them.

About the author: Mr. Borbor H. Gaye, was the former captain of the national soccer team, Lone Star, and former deputy minister for administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sport

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