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Keita, Dioh, Wleh and the list of players out of Debbah's Tunisia squad
 
By: EDWIN DOLO
 

The Es Viry Chatillon midfielder was along with Dioh Williams, Patrick Ronaldingo Wleh, Kpah Sherman omitted from the Lone Star squad that is expected to face Tunisia on September 4, 2015, Coach James Debbah’s reported listing has revealed.

Alseny Keita who plays for French 3rd division club Es Viry Chatillon has been a regular in the Lone Star squad in the last five years, but is yet to be called by new national team head coach James Debbah.

Keita is a gifted defensive midfielder and his absence in the squad has got central defender Patrick Gerhardt being forced to play defensive role. He is experienced, matured and consistent.

At same time striker, Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, who plies his trade for Malaysian Premier League club PKNS has again been excluded from Debbah’s full listing of players to feature against Tunisia.

Wleh has been in top form since his return from knee injury, scoring four goals for PKNS this season.

He made name when he scored as the Malaysia All Star earned a 1-1 draw against English Premiership side, Liverpool FC in a friendly last month.

The former LISCR FC hit-man was previously left out of the squad by Malaysia National team head coach Dollah Salleh, but was included after he pulled out a brilliant performance in a friendly against the Malaysia All Star by netting twice which prompted the technical staff to make a quick u-turn by including him.

Other players yet to receive a call from Debbah included experienced forward, Dioh Williams and Kpah Sherman who recently joined South African Premier League side Black Aces.

There are reports that he has included several unattached players in the Lone Star squad for the crucial clash against Tunisia for the second match of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier on September 4, 2017 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

The likes of midfielder Theo Weeks, Sekou Jabateh Olisseh and Adolphus Nagbe Marshall are unattached, but were called by Debbah.

However, Coach James Debbah is yet to make public his foreign based payers, but a source from both the Liberia football Association and the camp of the national team has confirmed the listing.
 

 

Published in Lonestar News
Monday, 24 August 2015 12:32

Why Leave Keita Out?

Why Leave Keita Out?

Credible report from the camp of the senior national football team of Liberia says the country international midfielder Alseny Ochacha Keita has been left out of the squad poised to play Tunisia.

The senior national team of Liberia, the Lonestar is expected to host Group A leaders Tunisia as part of the qualifier campaign in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on September 5.

Though Lonestar head coach James Debbah is yet to public his foreign based payers, but a source from both the Liberia football Association and the camp of the national team has hinted sports writers that the France based midfielder has been omitted from the squad.

Reports also had it that the Lonestar boss has given his final list of players to the FA.

Regarded by football pundits in and out of Liberia as the most disciplined and committed midfielder, Alseny Ochacha Keita exclusion from the Lonestar squad against Tunisia has sparked debates and raised the eye-brows of citizens of the country.

Alseny Keita who plays for 3rd division club Es Viry Chatillon in France; the club that produced the famous Thierry Henry is been rated as Liberia’s most experienced, mature and consistent defensive midfielder.

Some say he has the ability to lead the Lonestar midfield against Tunisia especially playing alongside Theo weeks or a combination of any versatile midfielder, taking cue from the Liberia-Togo game in Lome when Liberia’s midfield seemed weak and no longer holding in the second quarter of the match.

Alseny Keita played over 80% of his team games last season.

He has vast European experienced having played in many European countries including Belgium and Switzerland.

Published in Lonestar News

William Jebor gets a winning debut in Spain

By T. Kla Wesley Jr.
August 23, 2015

Liberian international striker William Jebor who plays his professional football career in Spain for second tier (Segunda) club SC Ponferradina on loan from Portuguese Primer Liga club Rio Ave had all reason to smile on Sunday night after his club got an emphatic 2-0 home victory over last season La Liga relegated side Elche in 2015-2016 Segunda league opener.

Goals from Brazilian forward Yuri in the 67th minutes and substitute Jesús Berrocal in the stoppage time of the match were enough to see Ponferradina earned all 3 points.

The powerful attacker who is nickname the "Ironman" started the match from the bench before been introduced to the pitch in 69th minutes to replace Spanish Andres Rodriguez.

Published in Lonestar News

‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh Not In Debbah’s Squad

Liberia’s international striker, Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, who plies his trade for Malaysian Premier League club PKNS, has been overlooked by Liberia’s Lone Star head coach, James Salinsa Debbah for the second time.

It can be recalled that the striker was not called by Coach Debbah for the first match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in the match the red, white and blue outfit lost 2-1.

‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh has been in top form since his return from knee injury, scoring four goals and several assists in seven league matches.

The more than six feet tall striker was a delight to watch for Malaysia All Star last month against English Premiership side, Liverpool FC in a friendly encounter where the he took 13 minutes to separate both sides with a fantastic goal though the match later ended 1-1.

Wleh, who was previously left out of the squad by Malaysia National team head coach Dollah Salleh, pulled out a brilliant performance in a friendly against the Malaysia All Star by netting twice which prompted the technical staff to make an emergency U-turn and include the powerful frontman.

Coach Debbah has left out the brilliant striker and there are reports that he has included several unattached players in the Lone Star squad for the crucial clash against Tunisia for the second match of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5, 2017 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

Some players called by Coach Debbah who are reportedly unattached include George Weah, Jr, Son of Africa’s football legend, King George Weah, Sekou Jabateh Olisseh and Adolphus Nagbe Marshall.

Debbah has also called Greek lower league side, Platanias’ Liberian striker, Herron Berrian who is injured according to credible reports from Greece.
Coach Debbah still has time in his favour to call on the Liberian ‘Ronaldinho’ who has all it takes to destroy Tunisia on September 5, 2015.

 
 
Published in Lonestar News
Sunday, 23 August 2015 05:26

LFA LEAGUE ON HOLD

LFA LEAGUE ON HOLD

 

 

 

By Varflay Kamara,
Gbarnga City Bong County
varflaykamara@gmail.com
+231-+886931744/+231770581886

Radio Gbarnga Sports has gathered that the Liberia Football Association has suspended all major leagues.

Making the disclosure to Radio Gbarnga Sports Friday via a Facebook chat, LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah said the decision was reached through the competition committee during the week.

He said the LFA was resolved to halt all leagues due to Liberia’s tough match with Tunisia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on September 5.

Mr. Armah told Radio Gbarnga Sports that this will give the FA and technical staff of the national team chance to concentrate on the tough match with the North Africans in Monrovia.

Liberia needs to win the match to get back on track in an effort to play in the finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of nations after losing to Togo 2-1 in the first leg of her qualifying campaign in Lome, Togo.

The Tunisia national football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles) are leaders in Group A after whipping Djibouti 7-1 in the first leg of the their qualifying campaign.

Major leagues are expected to resume Sunday September 6 with players in action across the Country.

While the leagues resume the next day, LoneStar head coach James Debbah and assistant Kelvin Sebweh will leave for Germany for further training after the match, according to FA president and FIFA presidential hopeful Musa Bility.

Published in LFA League
Sunday, 23 August 2015 02:13

Lone Star Hunts For US$3.5M


Members of the national team

Lone Star Hunts For US$3.5M

By: Leroy M. Sonpon, III

Liberia Football Association president Musa Bility has said that the senior national team – the Lone Star – needs at least US$3.5m to successfully participate in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Bility expressed fears over inadequate funds that might confront the national team if the government fails to help.

He argued that the popular and so-called “no-money syndrome” would scuttle the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In a press conference on Monday at the football house in Monrovia and in a telephone interview, Bility said the US$250,000 allocated in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget for the team is “insufficient,” and hoped that there would be additional funding from the government.

Bility revealed that FIFA has also provided US$300,000 for preparation, which is also “inadequate,” the money was given in accordance to the protocol of the world football governing body.

“The national team is owned by the country and government – the national team needs support,” Bility said.

He indicated that to assist in the galvanizing of the desirable financial support, former football boss and Speaker of the House of Representative – Montserrado County district # 6 Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr. has been asked to serve as chairman of the Mobilization Committee.

He, however, dismissed media reports that Rep. Snowe didn’t submit financial and administrative reports to the LFA on the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

“Rep. Snowe made available his financial report from the last mobilization campaign to the LFA.”

Though, he didn’t mention the sponsorship of Cellcom and the value per game, but reports say Cellcom GSM provides about US$50,000 to the national team per international game.

According to first round’s draw, Liberia will play a two-leg with Guinea Bissau on the 5th and 13th of October, and then in the second round, meets Ivory Coast, on the 9th and 17th of November.

If the Lone Star wins Ivory Coast, she would move to the third round comprising five groups of four. The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup.

Published in Lonestar News

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