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A Critical Look at the Selection against Tunisia

 

By Wleh Bedell

The recent list released by Lone Star struggling Coach James Debbah brings to the limelight a chunk of talking points as such list is just a representation of less than twenty percent of the best players at home and abroad as far as performance or current form is concerned.

There has been no competitive football in Indonesia for close to a year, yet still a player in Adolphus Marshall is being selected from there. With the news that Tonia Tisdell cannot be reportedly reached, Wleh was still not given a call, something in my mind is somewhat personal.

What yard stick has been used to select dreadful Omega Roberts, understudy Trokon Zeon who is still unable to break into his own team LISCR first eleven and literally inactive James Soto Roberts whose International Transfer Certificate has since been sent to the Seychelles where he is soon to play.

He is no longer in the plans of the Oilers as is a spectator now in the local league where he is often in the stand awaiting ticket to travel, but hurriedly assembled Coaches James Debbah and Kelvin Sebwe are saying he is still useful than those playing week in week out. 

Two Breweries players left the local scene for more than a month for Ghana to try get visa to travel to a European nation, despite such long stay in the former Gold Coast, Murvee Dolley and Raymond Fanciah are been preferred to in-form lads here who are as well active. 

It was reported that the Debbah led technical crew said Zeon was selected because no local player has the experience he has, a complete pathological lie as no non outfield player is experienced than Solomon Wesseh, alias Jean Pierre, as far as rating local talents are concerned. 

The whole selection process is topsy turvy and with no S Kollie, Wleh, Weeks, Williams, Gbilee, Kicmett, Kamara, Hiah, Thompson, Nah, Jackson, Balde, Blapoh, Brooks, Dixon etc as per those selected though they are all useful, it remains disappointing relative to players selection in this part of the world.

Debbah and co are just there managing at least to get something, so one can understand the whole arrangement. All the best for the Lone Star, but as always, Tunisia are the overwhelming favourites. 

The Carthage Eagles will book the automatic ticket to qualify from the group and don't ask about one of two runners up ticket in the thirteen groups cause the Lone Star will not book any. 

Since the 2004 qualifiers, the Lone Star have ended at the bottom of their group and it seems the story will be the same except they can get a better head to head against fellow minnows Djibouti. As a citizen, I want to see the Lone Star of Liberia qualify for Gabon 2017, but as a blunt analyst, I don't see it so.

 Its seemingly impossible, the team is in shouting distance and mostly due to the fact they are weak hosts and poor travelers. We need to start building from the bottom with grassroots and youth football being the paramount focus instead of continuously building from the top which remains a fluke as the myriad of frustration and symbolic results are all we can show.

Doe Makes a Return to Lonestar

By Wleh Bedell

Francis Doe's return to the senior national team of Liberia the Lone Star is a welcome development and will further sharpen the striking propensity of the red, white and blue outfit.

Fresh from winning the Golden Boot in Malaysia, the second in his career, with the first been in 2012, the Christmas day born net buster can certainly help the national team to be more innocuous in the attacking third.

Doe has always been a moody attacker with a tigerish posture, bubbling status
, technically adroit and has a cool head in front goal. He has always been a good customer in front goal and depending on how he links up with the ferocious front duo of William Jebor and Sam Johnson, the Lone Star could be a handful in such area of the park.

With four international goals under his belt, two of which were via his blistering burst of pace against combined with sublime skills against Cameroon and Senegal at the Amadou Ahidjo and Leopold Senghor stadium in Yaounde and Dakar respectively, 'Grand pa' has always been in the thick of things for country.

He might have had some troubling and rather controversial moments though, albeit, he is one of the best of his generation.
 

Congratulations to Francis Forkay Doe for the virtuoso achievement of winning another Golden Boot as goal scoring is the most difficult thing in the game since it is the ultimate and the statistic that matters most, something that comes to him naturally.

Four Lone Star Players Arrive For Tunisia Cash

 

By Roland Mulbah


Four players have arrived in Monrovia for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tunisia on September 5, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

Those in town are Zah Krangar of Felda United FC in the Malaysian Premier League, Herron Berrian of Platanias in Greece even though there are reports that he is injured, former Barrack Young (BYC) winger, Sporo Somah who plies his trade with Sewe Sports in Ivory Coast and the unattached Adolphus Marshall.


There are reports that a good amount of the foreign based players will be in town this Monday, while the rest will arrive Tuesday for the crunch duel.

The match is the second of the qualifier for the red, white and blue outfit after going down to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in the first encounter last June.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s Lone Star coach, James Salinsa Debbah has called 26 players for the crucial match against Tunisia this Saturday at the ATS.


The biggest news is that the coach has refused to include informed Liberian striker, Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh in the squad.

The burly built striker, who plies his trade with Malaysian Premier League outfit, PKNS, was on fire for his club in that part of the world.

Below is the full list
1) Francis Grandpa Doe (NS Matrix, Malaysia)
2) Gizzie Dorbor (Hapoel Afula, Israel)
3) William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain)
4) Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi, Sundowns South Africa)
5) Sekou Jabateh Oliseh (Unattached)
6) James Soto Roberts (LPRC Oilers, Local
7) Adolphus Nagbe Marshall (Unattached)
8) Sekou Konneh (Fortuna Sittard, Holland)
9) Omega Roberts (Osmanlıspor, Turkey)
10) Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan)
11) Dirkir Glay (GorMahia, Kenya)
12) Patrick Gerhardt (Sarawak FA, Malaysia)
13) Sam Johnson (Djurgårdens IF, Sweden)
14) Zah Krangar (Felda United FC, Malaysia)
15) Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus)
16) Herron Berrian (Platanias, Greece)
17) Sporo Somah (Sewe Sports, Ivory Coast)
18) Mark Paye (BYC, Local)
19) Nathaniel Sherman (BYC, local)
20) Murphy Oscar Dorley (Local, but in Ghana)
21) Raymond Franciah (Local, but in Ghana)
22) Trokon Zeon (Local, LISCR FC)
23) Sampsn Giddings (FC Fassell, Local
24) Aloysious Symugla (FC Fassell, Local)
25) Tommy Songo (LISCR FC, Local)
26) Saylee Swen (LPRC Oilers, Local)


Debbah Names Squad to face Tunisia

 Francias Grandpa Doe makes a return to the team

 

By Staff Reporter

The head coach of the senior national soccer team of Liberia James Salinsa Debbah has released a list of 26 players ahead of Liberia's crucial AFCON qualifier against Tunisia on Saturday, September 5 in Monrovia.

Surprising Exclusions from Debbah's list include the likes of Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh  Isaac Popo, Tonia Tisdell and Theo Weeks .

The PKNS striker Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh who scored and helped the Malaysia XI to secure an impressive 1-1 draw against Liverpool was again dropped from the team. Debbeh instead called Francias Grandpa Doe who is the Malaysia Super League Golden Boots winner to  provide firepower up front.

This is the 2nd Game with the Sr National Team and the first time Debbeh will lead the charges at home. Is he looking to attack to get the MUST win home games in African Football?

Theo Weeks who many considered a valuable Defensive Midfielder was dropped from the squad. Weeks started in Lome, Togo in the 2-1 loss that was a heart breaking defeat as Emmanuel Adebayo got  a late winner to snatch an important away draw from Debbeh.

Omega Roberts also makes a return to the squad in a central defender role.

Debbeh will feel the pressure on the bench in ATS against a formidable team in Tunisia. Tunisia obligated Djibouti 8-1 in the first game of the AFCON qualifiers.

 

Goalkeeper: Nathaniel Sherman, Sampson Gidding , Saylee Swen and Tommy Sango

Right back: Solomon Grimes , Trokon Zeon

Left back: Gizzie Dorbor, Adolphus Marshall , Aloysius Simujila
Central defence : Teah Dennis, Kohn Dirkir Glay , Omega Roberts, Raymond Farciah ,

Midfield : Patrick Gehardt, Anthony Laffor , Sporo Somah , Murphy Oscar Dolley, Herron Barrian , Zah Krangar , Sekou Jabateh

Forward : William Jebor , Soto Roberts, Seku Conneh, Sam Johnson, Mark Paye, Francis Doe

 

 

 

Afcon 2017: Youssef Msakni recalled to Tunisia squad

Youssef Msakni returns to the Tunisia squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia six months after he last played for the team.

The 24-year-old, who plays in Qatar, is part of coach Henry Kasperczak's 23-man group for the 6 September Group A tie.

Kasperczak has chosen eight Etoile du Sahel players, but has left out CS Sfaxien's Ali Maaloul and Club Africain's Houcine Nater.

"With due respect, Etoile are the best team in Tunisia right now," he said.

"I will never ignore or disrespect any club, but Etoile players are showing strong performances in the Confederation Cup and the Tunisia Cup."

The veteran coach, who replaced Georges Leekens in July, has also drafted in uncapped duo Ammar Jemal and Hamza Lahmar.

Tunisia eased to an 8-1 win over Djibouti, the third lowest ranked national football team in the world, in their opening qualifier.

Tunisia squad:

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel)

Defenders: Aymen Abdennour (Monaco, France), Syam Ben Youssef (Caen, France), Ghazi Abderrazzek, Selim Ben Jemai (CS Sfaxien), Alaya Brigui, Zied Boughattas, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Hamdi Nagguez and Ammar Jemal (Etoile du Sahel), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Esperance)

Midfielders: Yassine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa SC, Qatar), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Espérance), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux, France), Mohamed Methnani (El-Jaish, Qatar)

Forwards: Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar) Hamza Lahmar (Etoile du Sahel), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Amine Chermiti (FC Zürich, Switzerland) Saber Khelifa (Club Africain)

Tunisia Squad Picked for Liberia Qualifier

Tunis — Coach of the Tunisian national team Henryc Kasperczek named 23 players for next September 5 game against Liberia in Monrovia as part of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) day-2 qualifier.
 
Tunisia Defeated Djibouti 8 - 1 in her first match TO Lead Group A

The players are: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel), Farouk Ben Mustapha (C. Africain), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance ST), Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco, France), Ghazi Abderrazak (ES Sahel), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (ES Sahel), Selim Ben Jemia (CS Sfaxien), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Espérance ST), Syam Ben Youssef (SM Caen, France), Alaya Brigui (ES Sahel), Zied Boughattas (ES Sahel), Amine Chermiti (FC Zurich), Yassine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa, Qatar), Ammar Jemal (ES Sahel), Sabeur Khelifa (C.Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux, France), Hamza Lahmar (ES Sahel), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Mohamed Methnani (Al-Jaich, Qatar), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS SFaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (ES Sahel) and Houcine Ragued (Esperance ST).

 

Reserve players: Achraf Krir (ES Zarzis), Ali Machani (Esperance ST), Yessine Meriah (CS Sfaxien) and Maher Hannachi (CS Sfaxien).

 

 

Afcon 2017 Qualifiers

Group A

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tunisia 1 1 0 0 8 1 7 3
2 Togo 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
3 Liberia 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
4 Djibouti 1 0 0 1 1 8 -7 0

MATCH DETAILS

 
 
Referee : Maudo Jallow 1st assistant : Dickory Jawo 2nd assistant : Karamo Forbes
 
Stadium: Antonitte Tubman Studium (Ats), Monrovia Date: 05/09/2015 - 16:00
 

Profile Of Some Players Called By Coach Debbah Part II:

By Roland Mulbah

The Coach of the senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah has informed authorities of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) that he wants almost all his squad members to be foreign based players for the match against Tunisia on September 5, 2015 in the second match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

According to information gathered, Debbah has already submitted a list of 22 players which includes more than 18 foreign based players.

The Inquirer Newspaper profiled few of the foreign based players for the crucial match against Tunisia on September 5, 2015 in continuation of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Sam Johnson (born 6 May 1993) is a Liberian footballer who plays for Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish topflight as a forward.

He started out playing for Nimba FC in his homeland Liberia before traveling to Norway in 2011 on trial with FK Haugesund. He impressed the Norwegian club, but only enough for them to offer him a youth contract, so he instead signed with Swedish club Dalkurd FF. He would however only stay there for a couple of months due to work permit problems. Johnson remained in Sweden though and played for fourth tier club Assyriska IF KF during the second half of the 2011 season.

For the first half of the following season, the youthful Liberian stepped down one division and played for fifth tier club Juventus IF before once again returning to the fourth tier when playing for Härnösands FF during the fall. After the season he was awarded the title of “best midfielder” in the league Härnösand played in.

Before the 2013 season, Johnson went on trial with second tier Superettan club JönköpingsSödra IF, but was turned down instead he signed a three year deal with third tier club IK Frej. In his second season with them, Johnson, who was now playing as forward, became their top goal scorer as the club was promoted to Superettan. In December 2014, Allsvenskan club Djurgårdens IF announced that they had signed Johnson on a four year deal.

International career

Johnson played with the Liberia U23 National Team in 2011 and made his official senior debut on June 14, 2015 in a 2-1 defeat to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier under James SalinsaDebbah as head coach.

The “Little” ZahRahanKrangar (Felda United FC, Malaysia)

ZahRahanKrangar (born on March 7, 1984 in Monrovia) is a Liberian footballer (midfielder) currently playing for Felda United FC in the Malaysian Super League. The calm and soft spoken master dribbler is also a member of the senior national football team of Liberia, Lone Star.

He made his international debut September 3 2006 with a goal away to host Equatorial Guinea in his side 2-1 loss.

He is a player with immense qualities. His sublimes skills, vision and tricks are qualities that make him a nightmare for opposing defenders and asset to teammates.

He featured as a kid for the national U-13, U-14 and U-15 which made headways in the ScandanaviaFater making in-roads in the Gothia and Dana Cups in Sweden and Denmark respectively.

The lad was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the LFA Third Division playoffs after his side Ducor Defenders pinned Gardnersville based Haja FC in the grand final, courtesy of the golden goal rule in 2000.

He along with long-time friend and International teammate Dioh Williams had a stint in Switzerland with cadet side Juventus.

He as well had a stint at the youth system of Ghanaian elite side AsantiKotoko widely known as the Porcupine Warriors with the famous saying “you kill thousand, thousand will come”.

His hunger for topflight football took him to Cameroun where he styled for Racing Baffoson of Bamenda in the Cameroonian topflight and also showcased his talent with Panthere of the same central African country.

The skill workshop then moved to Indonesia and impressed at Persikabpas and despite repeated calls by that country’s football authorities to naturalize him due to his dazzling skills and constant knack for goals, he turned down such a lucrative offer and chose to doom the red, white and blue colours of his country and marked his international debut with a goal away to host Equatorial Guinea in his side 2-1 loss.

Voted MVP in the Indonesian top flight in 2006, the tiny but silky footballer is indeed a formidable face on television, in newspapers, magazines and his name is a house hold word in many quarters as far as football in Asia, especially the World largest Muslim state, Indonesia.

Despite plying his trade in what is generally regarded as a modest or less fancy league, Zah, the “Little box of tricks” is one of few players the future of the National team of Liberia, Lone Star precariously rest upon.

With the factual thought that “where one plays matters, but what one plays matters most, and it does not matter where one plays but what one plays, Zah, though in the virtually less glamorous league of Malaysia, his competitors and even the most unrealistic of critics can safely say he is a gem and is certainly a class act who is capable of conjuring and wooing any group of fans or international skills with his sublimely gifted qualities.

He captained the national team of Liberia on June 14, 2015 in a 2-1 defeat to the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier under James SalinsaDebbah as head coach. Honours

Club honours

Sriwijaya

Liga Indonesia (1): 2007–08

Piala Indonesia (3): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010

PersipuraJayapura

Indonesia Super League (1): 2010–11

Indonesian Inter Island Cup (1): 2011

Indonesia Super League (2): 2012–13

Individual honour

Liga Indonesia Best player (1): 2007–08

 

 

Football House rejects budgetary allotment

By. Henry Boyd Flomo

The Liberia Footballl Association is urging Chief Patron of Sports Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf not to sign into law the 2015 national budget without a significant allotment for Footballl development.
The president of the Football House says the LFA will not accept the reported $250 thousand alloted for the national team.
The LFA has been craving for $5 million to kick start the construction of football facilities in the country. As the budget debate ensue, it was remored that a million dollars could be allocated, an amount the LFA thought it could manage with pending the next budget year.
The dust settled with both Houses reaching settlement and news is that they didn't even meet the expected threshold rather an embarrassing and infinitesimal amount of $250,000.
Appearing on a local radio in Monrovia Wednesday, LFA president Musa Bility said the amount could barely cover two matches of the national team.
Bility: we have already played seven matches of 10 this year. And we already owed our Travel Agency closed to $300 thousand. This move is a mockery and we urge the president of Liberia not to accept this budget.
The National Legislature is replete with people of football background including former LFA president Edwin Snowe, former LFA vice president Aldoph Lawrence, former player and former Executive Committee Member Geraldine Doe, former Sports Minister Commany Wesseh and former Fifa player of the year George Weah among others. Bility said instead of the array of iconic personalities in the rank of parliament, it is sad Sports remain at the basement of priorities.

Coach Jah to quit FC Fassell

 

FC Fassell, manager has put LISCR FC and Watanga FC on the alert as he will to leave the “Soccer Missionaries” at end of the FA Cup finale.

Mathew Julutweh, alias Coach Jah, will leave his position as head coach of FC Fassell at the end of the league season, he confirmed in an exclusive interview with FOCUS Sport, Saturday.

Having been linked with a move to LFA’s Top Flight league contender Watanga FC a likely destination given in past reports.

However, LISCR’s struggles this season has seen Coach Jah installed as the favorite to be the next manager, should the axe fall on current incumbent Cooper Shannon.

“Quitting FC Fassell job is nothing, because of my qualification, I can still get another one,” he told FOCUS Sports.

“Look, I think it is now time, coaches in Liberia be given that much needed support according to the level of coaching experience he has,” he added.
The decision made by the Liberia Coach has put to record his second time to voice out leaving FC Fassell, if the management cannot live up to expectations.

Amidst news that the club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cassell Kouh disclosed that a top rated European coach will take over his club as head coach for the 2015 Liberia Football Association (LFA) league season, Julutweh said he won’t work under any coach as deputy.

At that time the FC Fassell head coach said he was prepared to leave FC Fassell should the club sign a new coach and ask him to work as deputy.

The country’s best young coach who has been coach for the Gold and Black outfit since its establishment from third division had won many trophies.

Controversial Referee Suspended

 

 

 

 

By Augustus Audekina-Doe

Information filtering in from quarters of the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) has it that Fifa-badged referee, Isaac Montgomery, has been suspended.

The controversial referee was suspended by the Referee Standing Committee at the Liberia Football Association. He has been suspended for a period of three months.

Montgomery has been termed “Controversial” by fans due to the numerous red cards issued in League matches.

Montgomery action was recently proven when eight players were suspended for three matches each due to indiscipline action.

The two-time “Best Referee” award winner suspension came as a result of his “gross in subordination” to members of the Referee Standing Committee, according to a LIFRA communication.

Information has it that the Liberian referee had frowned on adjustment made by the committee basically on match assignment.

According to reports, Ref. Montgomery disliked the manner in which his match assignment – BYC vs Watanga FC was changed by LIFRA and reportedly expressed himself in manner that was viewed as being insubordinate.

Due to that, an investigation was launched by the Referee Standing Committee which he (Montgomery) was uncertified with.

Montgomery who has already received his suspension letter is on an appeal mission to the President of the Local Football House Musa H. Bility and other hierarchies at LIFRA for an intervention.

It is yet uncertain as to whether the Fifa-badge referee will be a part of the International Elite referee course for Member Associations that is slated for August 31.

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