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By Wleh Bedell


Meteoric Coach James Debbah after two qualifiers, World Cup and African Cup of Nations, the latter he made in-roads in before being frustrated at home as his Lone Star side surrendered a two goal cushion to an Emmanuel Adebayor Togo Sparrow Hawks has learned quite a lot.

And as the Coach and his team brace themselves for another qualifier, this time that of the African Cup of Nations 2019 where they will be away in their campaign opener against the Warriors of Zimbabwe, a recent 14- oversea based players listing attributed to Coach Debbah cannot be true.

While the inclusion of the likes of unattached Dioh Williams raises eyebrows, the cardinal issue on hand is whether that list was actually authored by James Debbah.Though some may argue that the list was posted on the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Facebook page, its authenticity as it relates to it coming from the Lone Star techincal crew headed by Debbah must still be verified.

There are key questions screaming for answers as it relates to the release of said list which has several flaws judging from some of the players called mostly interms of form. Was this list ever signed by Debbah? Did the Technical Committe ever receive a copy of said list before its publication? Are the other members of the technical staff of the Lone Star in the know per this listing? Is there not some sort of communication gap between the communication department and the technical staff? Amidst all the argument or speculation intown regarding the list why is it no one from the LFA or the technical crew cannot come forth preferrably through the media to stick to the issue that indeed the 14- man listing is genuine?

It is high time the doubts be cleared. But, in truth taking into account how far Coach Debbah has come after learning a lot in the last two years coupled with the task at hand as he prepares for another qualifier, the recent 14- man oversea based players listing cannot be true.

 




SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017: Belgian Club RSC Anderlecht has confirmed the partnership between it and the Liberia Football Association.


In a letter to LFA Vice President Musa Shannon, the club said it was pleased to confirm their interest in a partnership between the LFA and its Scouting Department.


In a communication signed by an official of the Scouting Department and the General Manager of Anderlecht, the club announced it will field a team to Monrovia at the end of June 2017.


“I would like to express to you my outmost gratitude, to your Vice President , Mr.Musa Shannon, for his personal investment in making feasible this project, mutually beneficial for RSC Anderlecht and the future of young Liberian players”, the communication concluded.


The communication was dated May 2, 2017.


Liberia Football Association Vice President Musa Shannon on April 6, 2017 initiated a discussion with the Belgian club aimed at exploring partnership between the LFA and RSC Anderlecht.

 

The Warriors technical team has released the names of players to be considered for the final squad to face Liberia on 11 June in a qualifying match for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Arguably the best talents at the moment, Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat headline the provisional Warriors team to prepare for battle  against the Lone Star on 11 June at the National Sports Stadium

Dutch Cup winner, Marvelous Nakamba maintains his place from the previous AFCON team and so did Onismor Bhasera, Tendai Ndoro, Teenage Hadebe and the Golden Arrows Duo of Kuda Mahachi and Danny Phiri.

Team manager Wellington Mpandare announced the 25-member squad on behalf of the technical department, and he highlighted that the team was open to change because there is a likelihood of getting more players, especially England-based Tendayi Darikwa.

Mpandare underscored that team selection was solely based on current form and compatibility with the coach’s preferred type of play, putting to bed allegations that certain players from the previous AFCON campaign were blacklisted.

“Players were selected based on current form and the way they play, looking at how they fit into the coach’s type of play.

“It was never communicated to me officially that there are players who should not be considered for national team selection,” Mpandare said.

Camp commences on Monday 29 May and training begins on the following day.

 

Full Squad

Goalkeepers

  1. Edmore Sibanda (Caps United)
  2. Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders)
  3. Petros Mhari (FC Platinum)

Defenders

  1. Dennis Dauda (Caps United)
  2. Partson Jaure (Ngezi Platinum)
  3. Qadr Amin (Ngezi Platinum)
  4. Onismor Bhasera (Supersport United)
  5. Teenage Hadebe (Chicken Inn)
  6. Jameson Mukombwe (Black Rhinos)
  7. Eric Chipeta (Ajax Cape town)
  8. Sydney Linyama (Black Rhinos)

Midfielders

  1. Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans)
  2. Devon Chafa (Caps United)
  3. Simon Shoko (FC Platinum)
  4. Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows)
  5. Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns)
  6. Marvelous Nakamba (Vitesse Arnhem)
  7. Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows)
  8. Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum)
  9. Ovidy Karuru (Amazulu)
  10. Ronald Chitiyo (Caps United)

Strikers

  1. Tendai Ndoro (Orlando Pirates)
  2. Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United)
  3. Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende)
  4. Prince Dube (Highlanders)
 

 

By LFA Press

The Head Coach of the National Soccer Team has invited 14 foreign based players for the Lone star upcoming match with Zimbabwe.

Liberia plays away against Zimbabwe on June 11 in Harare in the first group match of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Coach James Debbah has named high profile Liberian striker William Jebor to lead the line for the red, white and blue boys who will be assisted by Sam Johnson and Alex Nimely.

Spanish based goalkeeper Boison Wynney DE Souza and United States based defender Joel Johnson Alajarin are expected to make their official national team debut alongside Alex Nimely.

The rest of the players are regular call ups except for Sylvanus Nimely that is expected to make his senior team debut.

The 14 players are Boison Wynney DE Souza of CD Llosetense (Spain), Joel Johnson Alajarin of CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE (USA), Murphy Oscar Dorley of TRAKAI FC (LITHUIANIAN) and Alfred Jaryan of AIZAWL FC (INDIA).

Others are Teah Dennis of AL AHLI (JORDAN), Marcus Macauley of AL AHLI (JORDAN), Zah Rahan Krangar of FELDA UNITED(MALAYSIA), Dirkir Glay of PERSIBA BALIKPANPAN(INDONESIA) and Dioh Williams who plays his club football in Sweden.

Alex Tchuimeni Nimely of STABAEK IF (NORWAY), Anthony Snoti Laffor of MAMELODI SUNDOWNS (SOUTH AFRICA), Sam Johnson of WUHAN ZALL (CHINA) William Jebor of WYDAD CASABLANCA (MOROCCO) and Sylvanus Nimely of FC SPARTAK MOSCOW (RUSSIA) complete the lineup of players invited for the showpiece.

 

 

By Omari Jackson

Coach Cole holds a License 'B' CAF Certificate and is the most successful coach among his contemporaries

-The LFA needs the services of a man with the most impressive record as a coach

There is no argument that despite the successful training of several Liberian soccer coaches to acquire Confederation of African Football (CAF) licenses since Musa Bility became president of the Liberia Football Association, coaches are yet to show their juice in Africa's regional and continental tournaments.

Presently, many Liberian soccer coaches have acquired CAF License 'B' and 'A,' qualifying them to even venture their trade elsewhere in Africa. But how far are they faring with local clubs?

Just the other day, Coach Cooper Sannah was fired by Barrack Young Controllers because of two inglorious defeats. And quite recently, BYC's coaches could not come up with a strategy to win in two CAF competitions.

Even the national soccer team, Lone Star, has suffered from serious underperformance by national team coaches when the team needed a 'miracle' to claim respect at home.

 
 

While our coaches are found wanting it seems that they lack some elements of creative coaching that could help transform the rusty skills of potential players, one man who has the ability to develop and make miracles happen, and deliver impressive records, has been sadly forgotten.

Coach Eric C. Thompson is known popularly in soccer circles as Coach Christian Cole, who, with all due respect, has more successes as a manager than any soccer coach in Liberia, according to available records at the Daily Observer.

 
 

Coach Cole was among the first 17 soccer coaches that earned their CAF Equivalent License 'B' Certificates, held from October 16-21, 2012.

The course was supervised by Ghanaian CAF Instructor, Fred Osam Duodu, now deceased. The participants in that seminar included Mr. Francis A. Tamba, who is now CAF Education Officer; Mr. Henry N. Browne, who is now Technical Director at the Liberia Football Association; and Frank Jericho Nagbe Sr., who has handled the national soccer team for a number of occasions.

Others included Kelvin Sebwe, Beauford O. Weeks, Joe Nagbe, Alexander Freeman (Cheneken of IE fame), D. Vava George, G. Boniface Manning, Thomas Kojo, and Deputy LFA Technical Director J. Kaetu Smith, among others.

 
 

Mr. Cole is the most successful among the lot and his ability to turn defeats into successes is remarkable. To name a few, he led Grand Bassa to win the 2015-2016 County Meet Trophy and took Watanga FC to the first division (2012-2013). In 2009-2010 he led Mighty Barrolle to win the then Premier League. He was the three-time winner with Mighty Barrolle in the Premier League from 2001, 2006 and 2009, among other victories.

Among many honors, the former Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah (of blessed memory), attested in a letter dated March 27, 2013, when Coach Eric Thompson won the Premier League Championship three times with Mighty Barrolle in 2001, 2006 and 2009, that he should be named Coach of the Year 2013.

With LFA's own affirmation of Coach Thompson's impressive career, it is difficult to understand why this man is not in charge of any of the national soccer teams. In fact in 2001, Coach Thompson was selected by the LFA as its Coach of The Year. Coach Thompson's impressive achievements should be enough to convince the LFA to get him to join its technical department.

It is just fair for the LFA to use the experience and knowledge of the most celebrated and successful soccer coach that Liberia can boast of now: Eric C. Thompson (aka Christian Cole).

By Boy Dolo


As Liberia prepares to battle Zimbabwe in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the search for players with converted pedigree has begun for Head Coach James Debbah.

The Mighty Barrolle Legend nearly took Liberia to her third Nations Cup in 2017, but missed out following a 2-2 draw against Togo at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia.

Debbah will begin another journey on the 11th of June away to Zimbabwe and the kind of players needed for that crucial encounter is the issue bugging most Liberians with nearly 19 days to face the Warriors.

If Debbah will definitely need a strong side to face the Warriors who just returned from the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon, one of such players that is needed in the squad is the versatile Patrick Gerhardt.

The experience Liberian international can function very well as a central defender and defensive midfielder.

Gerhardt played a pivotal role in helping Liberian finished third in the group stage of the 2017 Nations Cup qualifier with his spectacular assist for Francis Doe against Tunisia setting the pace for the Nation.

At just 31, Gerhardt still has plenty to offer after a professional career that spans six nations.

With Alseny Keita not really involved in active football couple with age problem and only Theo Weeks to depend on as natural defensive midfielder,Gerhardt can as well fill in the void.

He currently plays for Melbourne Knights who competes in the Australian Victorian National Premier League competition.

The defender last played in Australia for A-League side Melbourne Heart between 2012-2014.

The Swiss-born Liberian national started his career at Young Boys, earning selection in Switzerland’s national under 15 and under 16 sides.

After loan stints and unable to cement a first team place at Young Boys he made his first move abroad, signing with Romanian club CS Otopeni.
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His next move was to Canada in 2010, joining Brantford Galaxy, a club he helped earn Canadian League honours.
A season later he signed with Bosnian club Željezničar Sarajevo, where Gerhardt enjoyed considerable success, winning league and cup honours along with Champions League qualification.
It was also in 2011 where he switched allegiances to Liberia, making a debut in an Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Cape Verde, where he has since gone on to make four national appearances.
In 2012, Gerhardt was lured by Melbourne Heart FC. The going was tougher in Australia but he did make 40 league appearances for one goal before departing in 2014.

 

 

By Anthony Kokoi

Ahead of today’s Knockout round two first-leg match between third division side Muscat FC and first division side LISCR FC, Coach Obediah Gbeh has expressed confidence that Muscat FC will qualify to the next round.

Muscat FC and LISCR FC both qualified for round two of the competition to join the last 14 teams.

According to Coach Gbeh some of his key players, including midfielder Zubah Vessilee and Gelvin Gbotoe, have recovered from their injuries and are fit for the much.

Though LISCR FC is the only undefeated side in the ongoing first division championship, Coach Gbeh acknowledged the current status of his opponents, when he said: “We respect them because they are one of our strongest opponents and we are prepared to face them with high expectation.”

Muscat, also the only undefeated side in Group-B of the Montserrado 3rd Division Championship, is currently in the second position with 18 points out of eight matches and a game on hand.

However, LISCR’s Coach Tapha Manneh told sports journalists he is taking the match with all seriousness.

“The knockout remains my target,” he said. “I anticipate advancing to the next stage of the competition.”

In today's other fixtures, first division league leaders FC Fassel will host Margibi based second division side Morris Young Tigers.

Tigers, Muscat and Samira FC remain the three 3rd division representatives in the competition after securing wins in the first round. A total of 65 goals were scored in the first round with the highest goal (19 in a single match) scored between Holder FC and Tony FC, which ended in penalties after a 3-3 draw in regulation time.

Photo Courtesy: Super Sports Liberia


By Wleh Bedell

The former LPRC Oilers lethal finisher has being rattling the net for the past four seasons in the Asian nation of Myanmar as he has won thousands of admirers and has become king pin for his club Ayeyawady in the top flight known as Myanmar National League (MNL).

The name Keith Martu Nah and goals have the same meaning. Widely known as the "Liberian Neymar and Malouda" for his turbo booted pace, sublime skills, great assist ratio and deadly finishing, the former Liberia National U-20 starlet and local based Lone Star member who was named in squads to face Niger and Mauritania during his heydays on the local scene has become an asset for his current club and is certainly the man whose name is being regularly sung during games at the club's Ayar stadium.

Forming an African link with the Cameroonian defender cum midfielder Ndongo Serge Phillipe, Keith Nah continues to show why he needs to be given a Lone Star call up for the ensuing 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier where the red, white and blue outfit open their campaign away to the Warriors of Zimbabwe on June 9, 2017, in a group that is further made stronger by the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville.

At age 21, Nah is a fresh talent who can help strengthen his country's senior national team striking propensity as it is tactically advisable for the options to be aplenty in the final third. He has being finishing with aplomb in Myanmar and is pushing with much venom to reach the 100-goal mark in his already booming professional career. With 82 goals in 118 games, an average of 0.7 goal per match, this prodigiously talented striker plays as a center forward in Myanmar but began his career as a winger where he can still operate to devastating effect.

Keith Nah whose club Coach, U Kyaw Lwin, once described as a blessing to Ayeyawady United during an interview to a daily in that part of the world, can no doubt be a blessing also to the Lone Star as he is a scoring merchant who knows how to trade goals. He can make jinks from the left channel where he can out pace his marker in style and elegance and then cut inside with his right foot to tee up teammates lurking or even gong for the ultimate himself. Tracking back with much pace to help in defensive duties is also part of the net buster game.

With exploits at Chin United, Kedah,Yadanarbon FC and now Ayeyawady United from 2013 till now, Keith has shown why he is one of the best African finishers in modern day Asian football.

In 2016, he ended as the league joint top scorer with 16 goals at Yadanarbon FC as he shared the prestigious crown with Win Naing Soe and Christopher Chizoba from Burma and Nigeria respectively and currently has ten goals from 14 games this season as he guns for another top scorer accolade.

The discipline, calm and quiet player who allows his football to do his talking, has being making in-roads through hardwork and humility and is a man on a mission. The brave front man is never shy of taking on defenders and is quite a good customer in attack and a difficult opponent to play against. Eric Kareem Jebor a former LPRC Oilers, Mighty Barroĺle and Invincible Eleven (IE) gritty midfielder says " Keith Nah is a budding star who has surprised me of his exploits in Myanmar". The former star who had exploits in Lebanon during his playing days said Keith can only get better and better. While Lucretius Togba, a technical staff member with the Oilers during Keith's spell says " Keith's rise has been meteoric and settle in teams quickly due to his discipline, hardwork and team game style.

Indeed, the time is ripe for the 5ft-10 ins forward to get a Lone Star call-up as he can help the team a lot in the striking department. With a glorious pace, whole hearted team effort and clinical finishing, the young smiling assasin who is known for his Antoine Greizman goal scoring celebration where he dances towards the corner flag post and does the mobile calling style, can be an asset for country and only needs to be given a chance by getting a Lone Star call-up, something the lad is relishing.

 

 
 
 
Liberian football may be experiencing some problems developing its capacity, but the country has never been short of raw talents. Although Liberia's rating on the FIFA listing has declined, yet skillful Liberian footballers abroad are still being haunted by some of the world's biggest names in football.

There are reports that a leading Dutch football Club, Ajax Amsterdam, has made advances in securing the services of a youthful Liberian forward Alphonso Davies.

According to reports, Ajax is not the only European club interested in the Liberian star, but several English premiership clubs are banging at his doors.

Liberian players abroad reportedly hinted an online Liberian website that a Scout from the Ajax Amsterdam recently traveled to USA to meet with official of the Club of Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps) and the player's personal agent to discuss any possible deal in the summer transfer window.

According to the report, the meeting was held between the two clubs officials in USA, but details remain scanty.

By Christopher C. Walker

A high power delegation of the champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers will depart the country today April 12, 2017 for South Africa to honor their CAF Confederation Cup second leg match with Supersport United.

BYC will depart the country via the Robert International airport with a 28 men delegation headed by Kaetu Smith of the technical department at the Liberia Football Association on Kenya Airways through Ghana, Nairobi Kenya and then Johannesburg South Africa.

The Go Blue Boys on Sunday came from a goal down to draw with the mighty Supersport United at the famous Antoinette Tubman Stadium in central Monrovia.

If the Liberian Champions are to qualify to the group stage of the CAF cup they will have to secure a win away from home or settle to a 2-2 draw.

BYC second Leg tie against the South African giants will be play on April 16 Pretoria South Africa.

BYC President Sekou Konneh said he is hopeful that his boys can cause an upset in South Africa judging from their first leg performance in Monrovia.

“Supersport United is just the name on paper we can defeat them in their own back yard with determination we can make Liberians happy.”

“We saw them played in Liberia and could have beaten them but missed several opportunities including a penalty but that’s football we are not afraid of them we can pull something special away from home “Mr. Konneh said

Below is the full listing of BYC’s Delegation to South Africa
Keatu Smith –head of delegation
Sekou Konneh- President BYC
Prince Jaiblai- Vice President for Finance BYC
Thomas Kojo- technical director BYC
Copper Sannah –Head Coach
Anthony Awin – Trainer
Albert Sarweah – Administrative Manager
Ben Perry- goalkeeper trainer
Melvin Jerry- Medic
Christopher C. Walker- Journalist
Players
Allenton Sembeh
Morris Tarr
Prince Jetoh
Kemoh Kamara
Hilton Varney
Prince Kennedy
Karleo Anderson
Abdulai Bility
Gideon Williams
Abraham Koffa Dougbeh
Sporo Somah
David Tweh
Ketu Jerbo
Prince Saydee
Mark Paye
Van-Dave Harmon
Randy Dukuly
Solomon Yahweh

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