The Lone Star of Liberia will this Saturday hosts Tunisia
By LFA Press
The Lone Star of Liberia will this Saturday hosts Tunisia in continuation of the AFCON 2017 qualifiers having lost the first 2-1 away to Togo.
The match is crucial for the Lone star knowing that the North Africans also won their opening match with whooping 8 goals.
The visitors landed this evening with a 68 member delegation comprising 27 players, officials and several media practitioners.
For Liberia, 23 players including 14 foreign based are gearing up for the match. Omega Roberts and and Tunia Tisdell have pulled out, while local goolie Sampson Giddings also pulled out due to injury.
First choice goolie Nathaniel Sherman is automatically ruled out due to severe wounds he has sustained on of his face in an unfortunate accident yesterday at the camping site at Executive Lodge on the Roberts field highway.
Sherman, who is advised to seek further treatment in Ghana by doctors at the ELWA Hospital, is said to have accidentally bombed into a glass door whilst on a mobile phone.
Oldhand Saylee Swen of LPRC and LISCRE's Tommy Sango are the goolies left.
With these and many more, the media will have the opportunity to speak to the coaches of both teams: James Debbah, 47, and Polish Henryk Kasperczak,68, at 2pm at the LFA on Friday September 4.
Big Blow For Lone Star!
-Nathaniel Sherman Involved In Accident
By Roland Mulbah
The first choice goalkeeper of the senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star, Nathaniel Sherman, who plies his trade with Barrack Young Controller in the Liberia Football Association (LFA) national league, was involved in an accident and will not participate in the pending Liberia’s crucial clash with Tunisia in the second match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
According to authorities of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), the player, while communicating on his cell phone, slammed into a transparent glass at the hotel where the national team of Liberia is camping, thereby sustaining serious facial injury.
In an interview with LFA President, Musa Bility, he told reporters that the goalkeeper is in hospital and will not feature in the match with Tunisia this Saturday.
This means Liberia’s Lone Star coach, James Salinsa Debbah will look up to Saylee Swen for Saturday crucial match against Tunisia.
Saylee is an experienced goaltender who plies his trade with local side, LPRC Oilers.
He made his debut late 2003 with the senior national team of Liberia and later went on to collect more than 10 senior national team caps with the last being with a 4-1 defeat against Rwanda.
Meanwhile, an insider of the LFA informed this paper that JFK authorities refused to treat the national team goalkeeper unless payment was done.
Our source said that national team caretaker had to run back on bike to have money available for the treatment of goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman.
Lone Star in goalkeeping trouble
-Jebor also in doubt
By Boy Dolo
The National Team may play without dependable goalie Nathaniel Sherman after the experience stopper was rushed to hospital as a result of a cut he sustained over his left-eye on Wednesday.
The goalkeeper mistakenly got hurt after he reportedly hit a glass in the hotel lobby and sustain a deep cut over his left-eye and there are panics on the local scene that he may not feature in the match against Tunisia on Saturday.
The Nation’s “Pride and Joy” are camping at lowly rated Executive Lodge on the Roberts field High Way ahead of the crucial encounter expected to take place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, while their opponents have booked the nation’s best hotel, the RLJ Kendeja Hotel.
The man who could replace him between the bar, Sampson Giddings is also injure and Debbah will have to rely on Saydee Swen who have been out of international action for more than seven years.
At the same time, “ironman” William Jebor did not train on Wednesday after he sustained hamstring in Tuesday’s training.
The Spanish-based forward rammed with Alpha James during Tuesday’s warm up match with the local side and there are mounting fear that he too may not feature, but the team officials have said he will be fit before Saturday.
Meanwhile, James Salinsa Debbah squad to face Tunisia this Saturday is now complete except Omega Roberts who lately turn-down the invitation.
A full house of players invited for the Nation’s 2017 Africa Cup Nations qualifiers against Tunisia this weekend is already in the country.
Strongman Dirkir Glay was the last to arrive late from South Africa on Wednesday. The muscular defender reportedly travel to South Africa to complete a deal with ABSA Premier side Black Aces.
The likes Anthony Laffor of South African ABSA Premier League Club Mamelodi Sundowns, Malaysian Super outfit, Felda United, midfielder Zah Rahan Krangar, Francis Grandpa Doe also based in Malaysia, Herron Berrian based in Greece are all in town for the highly anticipated showpiece.
Big man Sekou Jabateh Oliseh who just penned a two-year deal in Qatar with Al Ghafara and William Jebor, Solomon Grimes are among the elite stars in town for the cracker.
Dependable defender Teah Dennis, plying his trade in the Jordanian Premier League, Gizzie Dorbor based in Israel, Sekou Konneh based in Holland, Sporo Somah of Ivory Coast, Raymond Fanciah, Murphy Oscar Dolley, Omega Roberts as well as Adolphus Marshall have also arrived.
It is a make or break AFCON duel for Liberia this Saturday against the Tunisia's Eagles of Corthage, hence former international goal getter James Salinsa Debbah, along with his scores of assistants, has pulled the needed asernal to do the job most anticipated by football frenzying fans here.
No uncertainty, the collection in Granpa Doe, Sam Johnson, Laffor, Jebor, Teah, among others will definitely not disappoint.
Debbah and his men are continuing the training at the ATS. Meanwhile the Tunisian are expected in Monrovia on Thursday and there are reports they are bringing on board 200 supporters.
Government donates Ambulance to LFA
By LFA Press
Ahead of the international match with Tunisia and on the back of mounting difficulties in handling emergency cases during football matches in the country, the government of Liberia has presented to the Liberia Footballl Association a brand new Ambulance.
The Ambulance is fully equipped and ready to handle emergency situation during matches beginning with Saturday's AFCON encounter against the Eagles of Carthage at the ATS.
Receiving the Ambulance LFA president Musa Bility said the gesture by the government is quite timely and will contribute immensely in saving lives of athletes.
Bility said the Ambulance will be used wisely by the able LFA Medic department.
Committed Laffor Still In the Fold
By Wleh Bedell
Though at age 30 Anthony Snorti Laffor is in the twilight of his career, the 26 capped international certainly has more in his tank to offer Liberia and is still in the fold for the red, white and blue as he and teammates brace themselves for the plum fixture against group one leaders Tunisia's Carthage Eagles.
Buccaneering runs, turbo booted pace, good work ethic, intelligence and discipline are keys attributes of the central midfielder turned lateral midfielder.
Since being scouted by Coach Kadalla Kromah where he made his debut away to Gambia in the Lone Star 0-2 loss on October 17, 2003, the towering wide man has not looked back as he continues to contribute to the team.
The lanky winger who turned over the captain's armband after the Lone Star disappointing 0-2 loss away to Lesotho on June 1, 2014, when he announced his retirement from international football, swiftly rescinded his decision as he heard the plea of connoisseurs to return to the fold for the Lone Star in the last match against Togo.
Laffor's ability to track back in squeezing the wing, his bursting run of pace in the final third and ferocious long range effort are all key marks of the hardworking attacking ace.
From a dejected understudy at LISCR, Snorti has matured into a reliable footballer and with stints at Asanti Gold, Jomo Cosmos, Super Sports United and now Mamelodi Sundowns, the Brazilians, Laffor epitomises the qualities of an athlete. However, it would be grossly unfair to judge him just from scoring as his work ethic is also a a salient factor.
With strikes against Sierra Leone and Uganda, Laffor is more a player pulling the strings in the middle third order than just engaged in scoring. He is a supplier, a tank man, a marauding player, a lithe marker, versatile, mobile, inventive and team player who gives his all to his side.
With just four days to him winning his 27th international cap, the Bushrod Island based footballer now based in South Africa is in no way short of experience as he has since been tried and trusted. His longevity with the Lone Star is no mean feat as he has earned it. The shaved hair player who from a distance seemingly resembles the legendary George Manneh Weah, is expected to be deployed at the right side of the 4-4-2 diamond against Tunisia this Saturday September 5, 2015 where he will be expected to play above himself.
Humility Will Keep Jebor High
By Wleh Bedell
Ruthless front man William Jebor will continue to make inroads and move up high in his career due to humility. The 23 year old who is now on loan at Second Division club SD Ponferradina of Spain from Portuguese elite side Rio Ave where he featured in the Europa league last term, is quite a humbled character who is always willing to learn, not resting on his laurels, lives simple and has great respect for fellow human being. With exploits in Egypt where he was top scorer in the disrupted league in 2013 where he netted ten goals for top flight side El-Geisha, Jebor is quite a gifted player who allows his football to do his talking.
After expeditions in Syria, Egypt, Libya and Portugal, the player's move to Spain will enable him get more playing time as he will be able to compete week in week out as he moves to another level in his career.
Having scored his first international goal against Togo on match week one of the 2017 qualifiers, the former Oilers hit-man will be itching to put up another linchpin performance, and unlike where he lacked much service in the 1-2 loss to Togo's Sparrow Hawks where he probed, toiled and covered lot of ground in the Lone Star energy sapping 4-1-4-1 formation against Emmanuel Adebayor and co, he will certainly get more supply this time since the red, white and blue outfit is expected to be adventurous against group leaders Tunisia's Carthage Eagles on this Saturday
September 5, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Since making his debut on March 26, 2011, in Liberia's 2-4 away loss to Cape Verde in the 2012 Afcon qualifier, Jebor was often over looked as he had to wait for more than four years for a second chance as he always said " my time will come. I will wait patiently. I respect the coach's decision".
Indeed, the lethal striker who is nicknamed Inzaghi for his knack for goals, time has surely come and his jaw dropping goal against Togo coupled with his jinks where he got behind the hosts defense by running over the shoulders of defenders and running down the channels showed just what the Lone Star had been missing and with Jebor expected to lead a trident strike force that will also include the menacing Sam Johnson and the bubbling Francis Doe, the options will be aplenty to give the Tunisians a huge work load.
Rejected by LISCR and welcomed by LPRC Oilers, William Jebor remains faithful to God, hardworking, humbled and continue to keep his feet on the ground. The danger man Jebor is with the sofa on stage as it is his turn. He remains humbled though which is also a recipe for greatness.
Dorbor Will Add Steel to Lone Star Back Line
By Wleh Bedell
Resourceful defender Gizzie Tucan Dorbor recall to the senior national team of Liberia the Lone Star will serve as an added impetus as his presence will add steel to the team's back line for their crunch duel with Tunisia on this Saturday September 5, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Dorbor who is known as a left back in Liberia since his days with Georgian, Karn United and LISCR, has since been transformed to a center back and holding midfielder as he has never featured at the left back position for the past five years.
Now plying his trade with Israeli club Hapoel Afula, Dorbor has been an asset for his club in that part of the world as his good tactical awareness, uncompromising marking and intelligence makes him a defender on the look for.
The harder worker who was on the winning side when he last played a competitive home match for the Lone Star on October 8, 2006 when the Lone Star got a nervy win over the Amavubi of Rwanda at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with goals from Francis Doe, Oliver Markor and Dioh Williams,
Dorbor is returning to the ATS to help his country against Tunisia and it is likely he will feature at left back. Where ever he operates, he will be useful as he is a player who approaches a match wholeheartedly. As a left back, he will be lethal during the attack where he will provide his trade mark diagonal balls in the opposition box and as well be accurate under pressure. As a center back, he will keep rein on the front man by closing him down and dispossessing him and also provide coverage for full backs, while as a holding midfielder, he will serve as a shield providing protection for his side back four.
Gizzie Dorbor is a difficult opponent as he makes life uneasy for marauding forwards and will certainly bring such quality to the fore against former African champions Tunisia.
‘EAGLES OF CARTHAGE’ COMING: LIBERIA IN FOR TOUGH TUNISIA DUEL
- Written by Danesius Marteh, firstname.lastname@example.org; Martina Brooks, email@example.com
- Published: 30 August 2015
Liberia is hoping to continue its impressive run against Tunisia's Coach Henry Kasperczak and the former African Champions on September 5, 2015 Afcon qualifier in Monrovia
Monrovia – With four FIFA World Cups and the impressive history of becoming only the first African team to win a world cup duel - a famous 3-1 1978 victory over Mexico, the Eagles of Carthage, better known as Tunisia arrive in Monrovia this week to take on the underdogs, Liberia’s Lone Star in their first round, first leg African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. The Eagles also won the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations when the hosted the tournament.
Bearing a sudden trip down memory lane to 1989 when James Debbah’s 45th minute goal gave Liberia a 1-0 victory over North African giants, Egypt; or nearly a decade later when George Weah’s goal also gave Liberia a famous 1-0 victory over the Pharoah’s, Liberia could be in for a lot of trouble when head coach Henry Kasperczak, who recently replaced the Belgian Georges Leekens, leads a star-studded lineup to face Liberia.
Kasperczak,69, formerly coached Mali in the last Afcon tournament. He previously coach the Tunisians for four years from 1994, leading them to runners-up at the 1996 Nations Cup where they lost to hosts South Africa in the final. The former Polish international has also coached the Ivory Coast, Morocco and Senegal. Kasperczak is coming off a difficult spell having failed to take Mali beyond the first stage of the Afcon tournament in Equatorial Guinea, despite being unbeaten. The Eagles finished tied with Guinea in Group D but were eliminated after the drawing of lots to separate the teams. For Liberia, the Polish has named a 23-player squad for the duel against Liberia.
The players are: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel), Farouk Ben Mustapha (C. Africain), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance ST), Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco, France), Ghazi Abderrazak (ES Sahel), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (ES Sahel), Selim Ben Jemia (CS Sfaxien), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Espérance ST), Syam Ben Youssef (SM Caen, France), Alaya Brigui (ES Sahel), Zied Boughattas (ES Sahel), Amine Chermiti (FC Zurich), Yassine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa, Qatar), Ammar Jemal (ES Sahel), Sabeur Khelifa (C.Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux, France), Hamza Lahmar (ES Sahel), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Mohamed Methnani (Al-Jaich, Qatar), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS SFaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (ES Sahel) and Houcine Ragued (Esperance ST). Reserve players: Achraf Krir (ES Zarzis), Ali Machani (Esperance ST), Yessine Meriah (CS Sfaxien) and Maher Hannachi (CS Sfaxien).
In calling the likes of Aymen Abdennour, a central defender who plies his trade with AS Monaco in Lique 1; Mohamed Amine Chermiti, a striker with Swiss side FC Zurich and Wahbi Khazri, a French-born Tunisian also in Lique 1 witih FC Bordeaux, Kasperczak is taking nothing for granted. Abdennour, the central defender who could give Coach James Debbah’s boys headaches.
Abdennour has risen from the Tunisian domestic league to win 33 caps for his country, scoring one goal and previously captained the Under 21 squad. Although Abdennour’s preferred position is a left winger, it is his defensive prowess that has drawn him to prominence and the attention of German side SV Werder Bremen which recruited him in 2009.
Abdennour started his career at Etoile Sportive du Sahel in 2008 where he was a fan favorite despite being one of the youngest players in the team. In the 2008–09 season he scored five goals for his club, but they missed on the title and finished third. Abdennour signed a four year contract with Lique 1 side Toulouse in 2011 but switched to Monaco on a loan deal in 2012. After impressing during a loan spell, he signed a four-year deal with Monaco on 4 July 2014. Kasperczak has also called Chermiti, who has been mentioned as one of the top African players in recent years.
Despite Tunisia’s rich history, holding West Germany to a goalless draw after beating Mexico at the ’78 World Cup and boasting successive qualifications at three World Cups - 1998, 2002 and 2006 – becoming the only African team to appear at both the 2002 and 2006 tournaments, Liberia has had the edge over Tunisia in recent years.
In head-to-head match-ups, the two countries have played eight times, with Liberia winning four, drawing two and losing two. Bookmakers are however unsure how well Liberia will perform given the team’s lack of adequate preparations and fitness in the aftermath of the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Head-To-Head: How Liberia Has Fared Against Tunisia
Liberia is placed in Group A alongside Tunisia, Togo, and Djibouti. The team made an impressive post-Ebola return to football, scoring through William Jebor three minutes before intermission against Togo before Tottenham Hotspur forward, Emmanuel Adebayor, snatched the winner three minutes from time after Sadat Ouro-Akoriko had equalized shortly after the hour.
The last time Liberia competed at the African Cup of Nations was in the 2002 edition in Mali. More than a decade later, the hopes of a nation have been deflated amid a string poor results and the lack of commitment from the national government to invest in the national team. An impressive, if not a winning performance against the Eagles of Carthage, football analysts say, could change the outlook and perhaps government’s commitment toward a team yet to rediscover its pre-war form when the Weah-Debbah generation was at its peak and came close to World Cup qualification.
Grandpa’ Forkey Doe Wins Golden Boot
By Roland Mulbah
Inform Liberian striker of the moment, Francis ‘Grandpa’ Forkey Doe, who plies his trade in the Malaysian Premiership with NS Matrix, has won the Malaysian Premier League Golden Boot (top goal scorer).
The striker, who is the best Liberian striker of the moment, rattled the net 17 times to clinch the top rated award for the second time after previously winning the award in 2012.
It can be recalled that Grandpa won the joint top Golden Boot last year with another Malaysian Premiership outfit.
The goal customer, who is also Vice captain for NS matrix, has dedicated the award to all Liberians and his many fans around the world.
“I dedicated this great achievement to all Liberians and my many fans around the world that supported and continue to support me in my football career,” the goal getter noted.
At the same time, Forkey Doe says he will return home with his awards and present them to the Liberian people.
At a well-organized ceremony, Grandpa said he will present the awards to the LFA through its President, Mr. Musa Hassan Bility and the Ministry of Youth and Sports through its hard working Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe.
Forkey Doe is one of several foreign based players invited by Liberia’s Lone Star coach, James Salinsa Debbah for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier encounter against Tunisia on September 5, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.
The striker was overlooked by the technical staff of the national team for the opening encounter of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in June against the Sparrow Hawks in the match the Debbah led technical lost 2-1 after taking the lead in the first half after a fantastic goal from informed striker, William Jebor.
The act of goal scoring is quite a very difficult one and it takes precision, bravery, cool headedness, concentration and composure to be a classic finisher. There are some however whose such act comes naturally, and it seems Francis ‘Grand’ Forkey Doe is just one of them. The net buster seems to be hungry for stardom and he is endowed with aerial prowess and is a good customer in front goal.
Gebor signs KS TËRBUNI PUKË deal
By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
Following a short period of joblessness, Liberia’s Abel Gebor has joined Albania premier league side KS TËRBUNI PUKË in Albanian Superliga, FOCUS Sports disclosed.
The 25-year-old defensive midfielder who last played for FC Honka in the Finish league before a short spelled with Liberian side FC Fassell put pen to paper August 29, 2015 following his medical Friday.
Gebor signed a one year season deal, value US$16,000 which is expected to run from this month to May of next year and with an option to leave any time.
The Liberian defensive mid-fielder was unable to make his debut for his new club Sunday due to a delay of FC Fassell to communicate to the Albania Football Federation admitting in few sentences that he is free to play anywhere.
He said any delay for that communication, he will not be transfer becuse the windows close on today.
Speaking to FOCUS Sports, Sunday via facebook, the highly potential defensive midfielder thinks he has been a better player having gone through tough trailer.
Gebor said his presence at the club will help remove the club at the bottom of the league table.
Gebor was called to play for his motherland Liberia during the country away fixture against Togo on June 14, 2015 in Lome, the capital of Togo.
The hard working defensive midfielder earned the trust of Lone Star coach James Debbah during the national team two international test matches in Ghana ahead of the Togo clash.
He played 20 minutes of the 2-1 away defeat for the Liberian national team against Togo in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification game, but he was very impressive and former FIFA 1995 World Best footballer George Weah praised the defensive midfielder speeding ability.
Lone Star coach James Debbah recently called Abel Gebor to help qualified the home base Lone Star team over Guinea in the CHAN qualification game, but they settled 1-1 in Monrovia on July 5, 2015.
The local Lone Star needed 2-0 home win, but the game ended 1-1, but Abel was one of the best players on the best on Sunday.
Klubi i Futbollit Tërbuni Pukë is an Albanian football club based in the city of Pukë. The club's home ground is the Ismail Xhemali Stadium and they currently compete in the Albanian Superliga.
The Albanian Superliga (Albanian: Kategoria Superiore), is a professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Albanian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.
Currently contested by 10 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Albanian First Division. Seasons currently run from August to May, with teams playing 36 matches each (playing each team in the league four times, twice at home and twice away).