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Liberian international Forward William Jebor has moved to a new Saudi Arabian Club Al- Nassr FC .

The Lonestar Captain signed with the Saudi Arabia giant Club Al- Nassr Riyadh FC  in a 3- years deal worth Approximately 3.4 million dollars from Portuguese Club Rio Ave.

Jebor spend last season on loan with Moroccan Champion Wydad Athletic Casablanca ( WAC) . He Captured the Moroccan Botola Championship and the 2017 Moroccan Domestic League golden boots .

 

The prolific striker who played previously for LPRC oliers, Al-Ahli Tripoli ,El- Gash ,SD Ponferradina and Rio Ave  managed to get on the score sheet with 19 Strikes in 28 League Matches with the Arches or ( WAC).

 

Jebor signed in 2014 by Portuguese Club Rio Ave for a reported 200,000 Euros from Libyan side Al-Ahli in Tripoli . He scored only one goal for the Portuguese outfit  despite the huge expectations and promise from his play in Egypt.

This dispointing play caused Jerbo to be sent on loan to the  Spanish Second tier Club SD Ponferradina . He  managed two strikes with the la liga 2 club before back to North Africa with Moroccan giant wydad Athletic (WAC) were he had an inspirational Season.

 

The 25 years old forward and Top Scorer of the current generation of Liberia Lonestar Players is expected to earned Euros 300,000 yearly until June 30, 2020 when his Stayed in Saudi Arabia Come to an End.

 

The November 10 born Striker made his debut for Liberia in the 2014 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in a 4-2 lost away to the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Praira.

 

Since the former LPRC oliers hit man has managed to Score Ten (10) time in the Red, White and Blue Lonestar Shirts in Approximately 11 Caps with the Liberia National Team.

 

The EX - Wydad Athletic and Rio Ave Forward is on record of being the first Liberian Player to Score Hat trick in major CAF Tournament when he beg three into the back of the net against the wild African dog of Guinea Bissau in the first Round  preliminary Rounds of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

In a match Liberia won 3-1 in an away fixture the forward can also be remember for another hat trick against Djibouti in the 2017 AFCON Qualifier a match the Lonestar won by 5-0 in Monrovia.

 

Meanwhile Jebor is expected to make his debut this weekend in the Saudi Arabia Premier League

 By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

 

After a splendid performance displayed in Liberia’s international friendly with Sierra Leone ahead of Zimbabwe 3-0 away defeat, Fifa badge referee, George S. Roger has sealed his first Caf international assignment.

CAF has appointed referee Roger to take charge of Guinea’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Zone West A preliminary round second leg qualifier against Guinea Bissau on July 22 in Conakry.

Though the date to departure is pending; the 30-year-old will head a set of Liberian referees; Sekou Kannah, Johnson Gbartea and Issac T.Z Montgomery to Conakry, Guinea.

The Fifa badge referee who was commissioned in January 2016 will be ably assisted by Sekou Kannah as assistant # 1, Johnson Gbartea as # 2 while Issac T.Z Montgomery will serve as fourth official.

The well-built referee started his professional career in 2010 and his first match officiated was on Tusa Field between Young Black Star versus Crystal Palace.

The Liberian referee before becoming a referee played football with Young Black Star in the Gradernerville Sub-Committee league and the Jimmy Jolocon High school.

As part of his referee abilities, Roger officiated a beef-up match that saw LISCR FC forced Union Duala to a 2-2 draw in Monrovia.

The match was part of Union Duala build-up ahead of their Caf Champion League return match with Nimba United.
He travels with Nimba United as an accompanying referee in the returned leg in Duala.

In April 2016 he had an international course for new Fifa badge referee amongst 41 from the Africa.

 By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

Liberia Football Association (LFA) has slapped FC Fassell’s defender, Alvin Maccornel with a suspension from the Lone Star”, FOCUS Sport has gathered.

The former LISCR FC and Barrack Young Controller center-back defender will be out of actions for the senior national team’s remaining activities this 2017.

Marcconel, according to an official at the Local Football house, is suspended for misleading the national team “Lone Star” technical staff in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The LFA official unveiled that Maccornel did not inform the technical staff about the change on his passport after his plan ticket was bought.

FOCUS Sport investigation reveals that the lad had two different passports with two different ages; on his first passport he had 1993 while the second had 1997.

The defender received his share of US$ 700.00 as par dime intended for local players prior to match against Zimbabwe but was disallowed to play due to conflicting ages in CAF System.

Things are kind of difficult for Maccornel having played for LISCR FC in the CAF tournament in 2011 and also the National team with another age.

Age cheating is a crime in football and pundits are suggesting that his suspension be extended to club matches.

  By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

Former Lone Star and Mighty Barrolle defender, Washington Blay has joined the many calls seeking for the resignation of Liberia Football Association President, Musa Hassan Bility.

The man who is widely acclaimed as Liberia's all-time best defender wants Bility to resign because of his involvement with politics which Fifa’s status prohibits.

Mr. Blay; “As long as Fifa says Government should not have interference in football, national associations and federations, it is the same for a President of an Association or Federation not to join political parties.”

The former Lone Star’s Administrative Director says with Bility as a Local FA President joining an opposition political party (Liberty Party) and holding a key position, is a clear sign or indicator of battling against the ruling establishment (Unity Party).

With the maxim that; “when two elephants fight only the ground will suffer”, Mr. Blay believes in such saying because it is the senior national team “Lone Star” that now suffers the aftershock of all because of politics.

Blay who was wrongfully dismissed allegedly by the Local FA President also maintained that Musa Bility, a politician right now in Liberia with the Liberty Party has driven “Lone Star” into politics.

According to him, with the alleged refusal by the Government of Liberia to provide money for players of the National team ahead of Mauritania’s encounter, it speaks volume and shows that Bility has driven Lone Star into politics.

“Let see it this way, do you think that the ruling establishment will want to adequately support a “Lone Star” that is managed by an individual who is on the other side of the political fence, I mean the Liberty Party (LP),” he questions?

He sees such an action has a conflict of interest and double-standard which slams the hope and aspiration of Lone Star into oblivion.

Lone Star’s last-minute preparation leading to the first leg, was reportedly out-gunned by political rivalry between LFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports; the Government regulatory arm of sports.

With the Political wrangling Lone Star moved to camp on the eve of Sunday’s game, after holding just eight training sessions at the George Weah Technical Center in Careyburg.

It has been alleged that Government reneged on its responsibility to support the team, which belongs to the people of Liberia, though blaming the LFA for failing to live up to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

There are also reports that LFA did not receive a dime from Government for Liberia’s opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers fixture against the Warriors of Zimbabwe in Harare.

Embarrassingly, Bility had to borrow US$15,000 from Zimbabwe football chief, Phillip Chiyangwa to settle Lone Star players’ allowance on the eve of Lone Star 3-0 defeat to the Warriors.

He alleged that Musa Bility at the helm of authority of the Liberia Football Association is the worst President since the Local FA’s establishment.

He said the past Liberia Football Association Presidents were not receiving money from Fifa like the current FA leadership, but many are not seeing where the money goes.

Blay who has experienced nine caps with the Senior National Team “Lone Star” from 1984-1990; at the same time expressed disappointment over Liberia’s Football stakeholders.

He wants the clubs’ officials to stand firm now to ask Bility to resign.

 

 

Things continue to get worse for the Lone Star in continental competitions after they were defeated 2-0 by Mauritania in the first leg of the African Nations Championship qualifiers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Liberia.

Yali Dellahi got the opener for the Mauritanians in the 35th minute after a careless mistake by the Lone Star defense that provided Dellahi a free opportunity to send the Les Mourabitones in front after he rolled the ball in the lower left corner of his opponents’ goalpost.

Later, in the 61st minute Boubacar Bagili became the man of the moment after he swung in a spectacular free kick from outside the 18-yard box to clinch crucial victory for the visitors.

Lone Star started on a good note dominating ball possession and made the first attempt of the match after LISCR striker Christopher Jackson had a clear opportunity to give Lone Star the lead, but did not utilize the opportunity.

Watanga FC forward Kelvin Potis tried to record his name in history by getting a goal on his debut. He made several attempts to get a curtain raiser, but unfortunately, the forward only had the first half to play.

The golden opportunity for the home side to get a consolation came in the 81st minute after they got a penalty after striker Mustapha Lomell of Nimba United was brought down in the penalty area, but outstanding forward David Tweh saw himself frustrated after the penalty was saved by goalkeeper Brahim Souleymane.

Barrack Young Controller’s forward David Tweh take the Lone Stars’ penalty that was saved by goalkeeper Brahim Souleyman

Coach James Debbah increased his attacking force after he introduced FC Fassel forward Terrance Tisdell and striker Lomell, but the forward’s usual attacks from both flanks could not give his side the result as he did against Sierra Leone in the recent international friendly, when he provided an assist to striker Jackson to score the winner in that match.

It was the expectation of Liberians to see their national team emerging victorious after an annoying 3-0 result in their previous continental match in Harare, Zimbabwe. Things continue to get worse for the “unprepared” Lone Star.

Their chance of advancing to the second round in Zone West A is now narrow, and will need to defeat the Mauritanians 3-0 or more to secure a slot in the second round of the competition.

The ATS result put the Les Mourabitones in a better position ahead of the return leg this Friday at the Stade Olympique stadium in Mauritania.

 

Liberia is out to return to winning ways when they clash against Mauritania in their opening 2018 CAF African Champions qualifier on Sunday.

Getting a win as early as the opening leg allows the hosts to raise their hopes of reaching Kenya for the CHAN tournament next year.

Although they are fresh from a 3-0 loss against Zimbabwe in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Harare, they will be boosted by their home crowd.

Coach James Debbah led the Lone Stars to a 1-0 win over Sierra Leone in an international friendly last month at home and will also want to win this encounter on Sunday.

For the visitors, the Les Mourabitones failed to start 2017 with a win as they registered a 1-0 loss against Lesotho in a friendly in June.

However, they managed to bounce back with a 1-0 win over the Zebras of Botswana in a crucial AFCON qualifier in Gaborone.

Coming to this clash in Monrovia, they will be in high morale to cause an upset in front of an intimidating home crowd.
Coach Corentin Martins Da Silva will want to ensure his charges claim a victory in their first ever meeting against Liberia.

The match will be staged at Antoinette Tubman Stadium Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia at 4:00 pm.

BY LFA Press

A 36 member Mauritanian football delegation has arrived in the country ahead of the CHAN WEST Zone A qualifier with Liberia.

The team made up of local players includes officials and technical staff members.

The Mauritanians will battle the Lone Star tis Sunday, July 16 at 4pm at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Meanwhile, match officials for the game have also arrived in the country.

The match officials touched down Friday morning at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.

The Center Referee is Baba Leno of Guinea while the Assistants are Moustapha Toure and Issa Soumah .also from Guinea.

The reserve referee is also a Guinean and he is Aboubacar Mario Bangoura.

Sanusi Mohammed of Nigeria serves as the Match Commissioner for the crucial encounter at the ATS.

 

By Boy Dolo


Liberia are out to start their 2018 CAF African Championships qualifying campaign on a high note when they meet Mauritania on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City.


But the home-based Lone Star from all indications are not fully prepared for the engagement against the Mauritanian this Sunday

The team started training just a week ago and up to now the players are still parading in their various communities and not on camp.

Sources within the FA said the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports is yet to make available funding for the game. 

Camping the players will involve lot of money and as such the players sleep at the homes and pay their way to practice session. 

The possibility of them getting even a per diem is still in the air as the FA still reportedly owes Zimbabwe Football Chief Phillip Chiyangwa the money she borrowed to settle the indemnities of last month game against the Warriors. 

Howbeit, the home-based Lone Stars are out to ensure they return to winning ways at home to book a spot in Kenya next year.

Coach James Debbah is aware that a win is important for his charges to erase their humiliating loss at the hands of Zimbabwe during their 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last month.

Looking at the visitors, Mauritania will hope to continue their winning record against Liberia in the competition, having defeated them 1-0 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville and 2-1 away in 2012.

Debbah has already assembled 26 local players for the clash, although the momentum is low in Monrovia.

Only national team players who are playing in their country’s own domestic league are eligible to compete in the tournament. 

A total of 16 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament, including Kenya who qualified automatically as hosts.

Below is the full Liberia Listing.

Full list of players called up:

Goalkeepers

Tommy Songo (LISCR FC)
Arlington Sengbeh (BYC)
Abdulai Koulibaly (Monrovia Club Breweries)

Defenders
Darius Kai (LISCR FC)
Nuwo Johnson (FC Fassell)
Malaika Cooker (Watanga FC)
Daniel Woto (LISCR FC)
Aloysius Simujla (FC Fasselle)
Carlos Williams (Watanga FC)
Kemoh Kamara (BYC)
Alvin Maccornel (FC Fasselle)
Richard Lloyd(LISCR FC)

Midfielders -
Prince Balde (Monrovia Club Breweries)
Saah Nyumah (LISCR FC)
Wilton Ninneh (Nimba United)
John Jaysay (FC Fassell).

Others are David Tweh (BYC), James Wlatee (FC Fassell) Kelvin Polis (Watanga FC), Curtis Koon(Monrovia Club Breweries) ,Prince Saydee (BYC) and Terrance Tisdell (FC Fassell). Attackers - Christopher Jackson (LISCR FC), Van Dave Harmon (BYC), Mustapha Lomell (Nimba United) Mark Paye (BYC).

 

 

The Head Coach of the National team has released the list of players to feature in Sunday’s Group G Afcon qualifier against Zimbabwe this afternoon in Harare.

Malaysia based Zah Krangar has been named as stand in captain to lead the Lone star this afternoon.

The rest of the starting 11 are Boison Wynney DE Souza (CD Llosetense),Prince Kennedy(BYC), Hilton Varney(BYC), Dirkir Glay (Persiba Balikpanpan) Teah Dennis(Al Ahli), Saah Nyumah(LISCR FC) and Marcus Macauley(Al Ahli).

The others are Sylvanus Nimely ( FC Spartak Moscow), Prince Saydee(BYC) and Mark Paye(BYC).

Those on the substitution list are Tommy Songo(LISCR FC),Carlos Williams(Watanga) Murphy Oscar Dorley (Trakai FC),Christopher Jackson(LISCR FC), Nuwo Johnson and John Jaysay.

Meanwhile, China based Sam Johnson is yet to arrive on the camp of the Lone Star as this list is being released.

Zimbabwe will hope to capitalise on their home ground advantage when they host Liberia for their opening Group G, 2019 Caf Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday afternoon at National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Kick-off is at 3pm.

Caretaker coach Norman Mapeza is aware that he has a huge task in front of him and will hope to start their campaign with a win.

Replacing the sacked coach in Kalisto Pasuwa means the former Warriors international has to improve on their country's hopes when it comes to continental tournaments.

Despite leading the team to the Afcon tournament in Gabon for the first time since 2006, the Zimbabwean Football Association parted ways with Pasuwa.

Mapeza has led the team once as they drew 0-0 against Zambia's Chipolopolo in March, and he will now hope to get his first win in charge of the side.

However, the coach will need to find ways to unlock the Liberian defence as they will be without their key striker in Mamelodi Sundowns' Khama Billiat, who has been ruled out of the tie with an ankle injury.

On the other hand, the presence of Belgium-based striker Knowledge Musona could cause all kinds of trouble for the visitors.

"Liberia will be coming here to fight. So we are trying to take each game as it comes," Musona said ahead of the match.

"Consequently, we are looking at this match and then afterwards we will see how it goes when we resume next year.

“I am sure like what we did last time, when we started at home, we will also end the campaign well and there is need to work hard."

Shifting focus to the Lone Stars, Liberia will come with a crippled squad as they will miss their skipper in Billiat's club teammate at Sundowns, Anthony Laffor.

Coach James Debbah has a task to motivate his men and ensure they remain disciplined at the back to ensure they claim at least a point.

The Liberians are fresh from a 1-0 win over Sierra Leone in an international friendly on June 5 and will land in Harare in high spirits.

Liberia previously reached the tournament on two occasions, in 1996 and 2001, but failed to progress beyond the group stages on both attempts.

In their next match, the Liberians will welcome the Democratic Republic of Congo in March next year, and they will hope to win in Harare to boost their morale.

Although the two nations have met twice in the qualifiers, the first encounter produced a draw and the second one was a victory for the Zimbabweans.

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