Lone Star Invites King for Tunisia Encounter
BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
Wassaman United number one goalkeeper, Melvin King,has been called-up to national duty by Lone Star’s technical department ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tunisia on September 3.
King has been named in Coach James Salinsa Debbah's expected list of invited players for Liberia’s return leg encounter against the North African nation in the AFCON qualifier.
The 31-year-old who received the invitation through his club, Wassaman United, on August 6, 2016 to stand between the woodwork for his first time under Lone Star’s new Coach, Debbah in Morroco.
The Wassaman United’s shot-stopper will stand between the sticks in Liberia’s international friendly against the Atlas Lions of Morocco at the at Stade Municipal de Kentra, Morocco on August 31, 2016.
The Wassaman goalkeeper says his confidence has been boosted by his maiden Lone Star call-up.
The Liberia’s international shot-stopper continues to enjoy his fine goal keeping form in the Ghana GN Bank Division one league with his side.
King helps Wassaman return to winning ways and moved the club from them 9th to the 4th position with 38 points on the GN Bank zone ‘B’ table after 11 matches played.
The called-up of King has put to record the fourth since he moved to Ghana.
The shot-stopper was called-up at first under Coach Debbah but served as second choice to former nation #1 goalkeeper, Nathanial Sherman against the Sparrow Halk of Togo in 2015.
Prior to that, King was called-up during the time of the Egyptian Coach in 2010-2011 and also in 2014 against Losotho in a home and away fixture.
Liberia is yet to qualify to the finals of the Gabon 2017 African Cup of Nations, but will need a win or draw away in North Africa should the Red, White and Blue outfit be represented in the competition.
The two countries are tied on 10 points in Group A but Liberia has an advantage in head-to-head count, while Togo and Djibouti are seated with eight and zero points, respectively.
Already, a total of 32 local bases plus three oversea players have intensified training sessions ahead of their away fixture to Tunisia September 3.
The senior national soccer team started preparations early last week ahead of its crunch encounter with the call-ups of five local-based goalkeepers.
Those that were called-up included: Tommy Songo, Emmanuel Deanneh, James Gally, Alpha Jalloh, and Sam Doegbee.
The build-up will see the technical team figure out potential players that will team-up with the foreign-based players who are expected to be invited for the showpiece.