Insight Sports LFA First Division Team of the Season
The Liberia football Association (LFA) categorized the teams into two groups (A&B), thus making the 2014-2015 National League one of the shortest national leagues in Liberian soccer history.
The last time the league was so briefly run, was back in 2008, when some teams boycotted the league due to technical and political reasons.
The twelve teams were paired in a group of six, meaning each team had to play 10 matches plus two playoff matches between the two group winners and the relegation sides.
Nimba United was crowned as champions of the First Division following their penalties shootout win over LISCR FC in the two legs playoff matches.
The Church Boys, Jubilee FC; and Aries FC were automatically relegated following their dismal show, while Monrovia Club Breweries ended their over eight-year presence in the topflight after going down to Keitrace FC in a two-leg relegation playoff.
Nimba United’s striker, Kossi Adetu Evonne, scoped the top scorer award after ending with nine goals.
Statistics on the number of goals scored, red cards, and yellow cards could not be independently confirmed. Although LISCR FC did not win the league, four of its players made our squad for the season.
Champions, Nimba United, also featured four players, while Barrack Young Controller (BYC) and FC Fassell as well as Invincible Eleven (IE) featured one player each. Kollie Korvy has been named coach of the season. The team is being featured in a 4-4-2 formation.
Tommy Songo--Goalkeeper, LISCR FC
The lad started off as a drink -seller, but has turned into a national star since joining LISCR FC about three seasons ago.
He replaced Farmolu Kamara who took the team to two successive championships and has since proven why he should be crowned best goalkeeper when the Liberia Football Association officially release its players of the season list.
Songo was admirable throughout the season. His talents came to the limelight during the two legs playoff against Nimba United, where the goalie made eight outstanding saves.
He was called to national duty by coach James Debbah and made his first team appearance in a 3-1 win over Guinea-Bissau recently. Songo has good looks to be the next goalkeeping icon in Liberia.
Emmanuel Tarpeh-Centre back, LISCR FC
Although not been recognized by many coaches at the national teams level, Tarpeh has been one of the most reliable player in the National League and LISCR FC most consistent defender in the last five seasons. Again this season, Tarpeh was outstanding as he earned more caps for LISCR FC than any other player in the 10 league matches.
Kermue Kamara Centre back, Nimba United
Kamara won the best defender award last season in the Second Division following his stupendous performance which helped the team to gain promotion to the First Division after their controversial demotion in 2012. Kamara was again there for United as his partnership with Joseph Dennis paid off well for the Mountaineers as they clinched the 2015 Liberia Football Association (LFA) First Division championship for the first time in their history. He and Dennis were considered the best pair of center back by soccer pundits during the just ended LFA season. Kamara is slowing growing up to be the next ZIZI Roberts, as his pace, timing and muscular structure give him advantage over forwards.
Anthony Bougbor -Left-back:Nimba United
Bougbor has enjoyed a fine season with a United side which continues to make great strides under young and inspiring Coach, Kollie Korvy.He is one of the players scouted by United in 2011. The 2015 season was the best for lad, who had beat up competition from teammate Michael Guanue. The lad was involved in most of the goals scored by the Mountaineers during the triumphant season.
Bleede Jackson-Right back, LISCR FC
The ever-dependable right back is enjoying impressive season with LISCR FC who came as runners up to Nimba United in the 2015 Liberia Football Association First Division League. Signed from Mighty Blues Angels at the beginning of last season, Bleede’s excellent performance forced Coach Cooper Sannoh to placed, Trokon Zeon, one of the National Team players in his squad on bench throughout the season.
In addition to his defensive qualities, he chipped in with a few vital assists along the way as the “Shipping Boys” finished second in the topflight.
Abraham Barshall-Midfield, BYC
An unsung hero to some, but a hugely important cog in the Barrack Young Controller (BYC) wheel which runs even smoother when Barshall provides the seamless midfield link between defence and attack. As well as giving protection to the back four, he offers great assistance to the likes of Gedeon Williams and Benjamin Gbarmy , and is rarely found wanting when it comes to making an impact in the final third. His second spell in the first team at the Go Blues is becoming a profitable one for the Club. Apart from just holding and blocking balls and opponents, the lad also scored some wanted long range shots. With the Liberia National Team, the Lone Star struggling for natural defensive midfielder, pundits are suggesting that the player be given chance to make a mark.
Eddie Wulue---Midfield, FC Fassell
Despite of FC Fassell dismal show in a season that many had thought would be theirs, Wulue has grown in stature and confidence to the extent that he has been handed the lead role in Cocah Matthew Julutweh squad. Whether he is asked to play in a wide role or as a support to the main strikers, Wulue has taken on the role with gusto and guile which makes him as important to FC Fassell as Sholee Quaye is to Invincible Eleven (IE) and Titus Cooper is to Nimba United. Wulue has great passing ability and fantastic ball control which give him added advantage when facing opponents. He played a major role in most of FC Fassell goals.
Titus Cooper-left Midfield, Nimba United
Signed from Deverux FC by United, the dumpy winger is destined to be voted LFA First Division player of the season as his creativity and uniqueness makes him an exceptional player in the entire league. Creativity, assists and goals scorer so is the tiny winger. Like others who have won the prestigious award in recent season, Cooper has proven that the award should not only go to goal scorers, but those who make things to happen when they seen impossible.
Many followers of Liberian football usually gathered at the ATS and United’s Mount Barclay home grounds to see the entertaining youngster. There is no defender that he faced and did not salivate. His most memorable moment came when he scored the all important goal that took United from third place to the playoff. With BYC sitting at second spot, behind Watanga and United at third place only a win for United and lost for Watanga could have taken them through, and the wonder kid ensured they secured the most important victory of the season over the defending champions (BYC).
Sholee Deco Quaye-Midfield, Invincible Eleven
He shouldered the responsibilities as IE’s fate of maintaining their place in the topflight was being threatened during the just ended First Division season. Signed from ELWA United, Quaye two seasons with the Nation’s Darling Club has been helpful as there are indications that the Club may not maintained the lad as demand for his services keep increasing among the big clubs.
Like, Titus Cooper, Quaye is of no doubt destined for greatness. The lad scored a number of most wanted goals ad the oldest club in Liberia maintain their place in the topflight.
Christopher Jackson-Forward, LISCR FC
A dream to play with – what you see is what you get with Christopher Jackson. Total commitment; total focus; total belief in his own ability, and how the former defending champions (LISCR FC) have benefited from his all-action displays – and his goals – in his first season in LISCR FC colours since joining from Keitrace FC in the second half of the 2015 league season . The lad is the second top scorer in the LFA topflight this season after netting seven goals while playing for Keitrace and LISCR FC.
Kossi Adetu-Forward, Nimba United
Where do you start when it comes to trying to assess the amazing impact Adetu has made this season? After a controversial protest forced him out of Liberia, the lad returned to the National League as the highest goal scorer in the League. Adeyu has become as important to an evolving “Mountaineers” side as any in the last four seasons. Goals and smiles galore for United made him a hot-cake in the Coach Kollie Korvy squad as they prepared to represent Liberia in the 2015-2016 CAF Champions League. Adetu scored nine goals in 10 matches.
Coach:Kollie Korvy (NUFC)
Sub:Emmanuel Deanneh (GK), Joseph Dennis (NUFC), Albert Nimely (FC Fassell), Mark Paye, Hilton Varney, Benjamin Gbarmy (BYC), Emmanuel Flomo (Jubilee FC), Kesselly Kamara(FC Fassell)