BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
With lots of Liberian Goalkeepers outside, showcasing their talents for other nation’s football clubs, the Lone Star still has the issue of goalkeeper problem.
Having seen the work rates of the local shot-stoppers Nathaniel Sharman, SaydeeSwen, JommySongoin the 2017 Afcon qualifier and with a match remaining, it now time that Coach James SalinsaDebbah bring in an outside experience.
Coach Debbah need to bring in Ghana’s First Division side, Wassaman’s shot-stopper , Melvin King who has sealed a half season contract for the away match against Tunisia in Tunis.
Goalkeeper Melvin King remains optimistic of his chances of making the Liberia squad for the last match in the 2017 Afcon qualifier against Tunisia despite his lack of international call ups for recent games.
The experienced goalkeeper has not been called up for Lone Star duty since the first leg Afcon qualifier defeat at the hands of Togo back in January.
Kink was the second choice goalkeeper to Nathaniel Sherman in the 2-1 away defeat to Togo in the Afcon 2017 qualifier’s opener.
The head of the Technical Staff told newsmen in Monrovia attributed reason behind the former Lone Star Under- (13, 14 &15) goal custodian call-up to he been unattached.
Now that he is attached, there is a need that he be call for the Tunisia match since it is a critical one and need experience goal keeper.
But King has joined Wassaman FC for their Second Phase engagement in the Ghanaian First Division which begins on June 29.
King says he is ever ready to return to national team duty once the opportunity avails itself.
“Mama Liberia is all I have; I have been willing all of the time to give my best for my country. It pains me when I find myself doing all I can to promote my club team and can't be call, it ready pained me. But there is time for everything.” He cries.
Wassaman is currently seated 7th places on the Ghana First Division league table and awaiting the second phase of the league.
King believes that all is not lost yet; Lone star can put up a draw in Tunisia because in football, anything can happen.
He calls on the National team Head Coach, James Debbah to put the broken pieces together and keep focus as well as the players to play by instruction.
He added that the players should detect the pace of the game before opening every department, because it is time for Liberia to be represented in the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon.
King who has recorded an experience of playing with some members of the famous George Weah Eleven, played as second choice to veteran goalkeeper Louis Crayton, Lati Jackson, and Saydee Swen of LPRC Oilers in 2007- 2008