Lone Star Players’ Rating
Liberia Vs Niger African Nations Cup Qualifier
          


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By M.V. Paasewe (SKD Sports Complex)
October 14, 2002


        
From the onset of the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifiers, Liberia Lone Star, given their most recent near splendid World Cup qualifiers showing, seemed favorites of the Group II pairing that also paired Guinea, Niger and Ethiopia. But when the Guinean national team, Syli Nationale beat Lone Star 3-0 in Conakry last month, Liberia’s hope of a continental football renewal was miserably doused. Suddenly, newly appointed Coach Kadala Kromah, smarting from the Guinea spanking, changed his controversial Act 22 game plan and invited a good helping of professionals to add
flavor to the sprinkling of locals, and Liberia sailed once again into contention with a convincing 1-0 win over the Mena of Niger at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. Liberian soccer was present, and below is a candid rating of Lone Star players’ performance as they fought gallantly to fly the nation’s flag.
 


George Gebro he was our "Man of the Match". Gebro demonstrated that indeed he plies his football trade in Greece. He was a tough opponent for the Nigerien German-based professional Moustapha Aly. His performance just showed his consistency. His tackles were timely, anticipation very good, ball possession superb and delivered the ball to the midfielders and forward very well. His attacking instants did not let him down as on several occasions he broke through the Nigeriens defense line to create countless chances for the forwards. Had anxiety not robbed the forwards of those chances, Lone Star would have scored more than two goals in the first half. Our Man of the Match just had another good game



        Second Choice Lone Star Goaltender
Boye Pratt (#1): for a debutant, Pratt was a showcase of maturity and dexterity. Although Pratt was not really threatened, he made several dashing saves. His reflexes, especially with cross balls, proved vital in goal threatening situations. First Choice goalie Louis Crayton himself would have been proud of Boye’s exploits. Rating: 9 out of 10

         Shelton Barlee (#2): the LPRC defender showed what stuff the local players are made of. Shelton was a formidable pillar in Lone Star’s defense. Coach Kadala Kromah made a good choice to feature the lad. Rating: 8 out of 10

          George Gebro (#17): the rock of Gibraltar ala Sarkpa Nyenseor, was THE force to reckon with. Gebro’s no-none-sense marking and expert ball control in the defense, midfield and upfront was just classic. The blond haired defender is evidently the most mature member of the present Lone Star configuration. Rating: 10 out of 10

          Varmah Kpoto (#4): the K-legged defender proved once again that there’s no substitute for professionalism. Kpoto frustrated Niger’s every effort at finding the equalizer after Lone Star raised the goal curtain in the second half with a Prince Daye rebound. Rating: 8 out of 10

         Jimmy Dixon (#5): Dulee Johnson’s BK Hacken (Sweden) teammate proved why he was selected by former Lone Star technical director George Weah to form the Lone Star Mali 2002 African Nations Cup line up. The lad has matured beyond his wildest dreams. Rating: 8 out of 10

         Larmin Ousmane (#6): This kid was Kadala Kromah’s wildcard. A complete unknown on the local and international Liberian soccer scene, Ousmane proved his regular place on the Lone Star line up during the Niger game. Rating: 8 out of 10

        Alvin “Power” Kieh (#12): Another Lone Star debutante who left everyone with the impression that had the lad featured earlier for the national team, perhaps the Lone Star might have qualified for its first World Cup outing and even posed a formidable threat in the Mali 2002 African Nations Cup. Kieh was brought down in the first half by a Nigerienne defender. The penalty was unfortunately wasted by skipper Chris Wreh. Rating 8 out of 10

       Chris Wreh (#15): Lone Star’s odd man out, was a complete disparagement of spectators. Chris Wreh’s lethargy on and off the ball robbed the Lone Star of many scoring chances created by attacking libero Prince Daye. The penalty miss confirmed the premonition that Chris was just not fit for the match. The overweight former Arsenal poster boy must either shape up or ship out of the national team. Rating: 5 out of 10

       Dulee Johnson (#8): A graduate of the Liberian national youth soccer team, Dulee proved to be too mature for his age. On the ball, Dulee’s control was reminiscent of James Debbah; and his dashing runs and perfect coordination made one to remember Lone Star midfield maestro Kelvin Sebwe. Rating: 9 out of 10

       Prince Daye (#10): Always up to the task, the Rasta haired Bastia goal poacher, who was marked by the Nigeriennes like “white on rice”, created many scoring chances for the Lone Star. Prince Daye finally hit home Henry Gobah’s ricocheted bomber that hit the woodwork. Rating: 10 out of 10

      Oscar Glaydor (#18): could have done better, but seemed displaced at times. Coach Kadala Kromah made the right decision to replace Glaydor with Isaac Tondo in the second half. Rating: 6 out 10

       Isaac Tondo (#14): destroyed Mauritius 2-0 at home in the 2002 African Nations Cup qualifiers. Tondo is proving to be a regular threat in the vital zone of any defense any day. Should be featured regularly to get adjusted to international games. Rating: 8 out of 10

      Henry Gobah (#11): this local boy has all the markings of Joe “Thunder” Nagbe. Gobah, noted for his well-aimed net busters, caused the lone goal of the match. Could very well be on the way to becoming a menace up front for Lone Star’s future opponents.
Rating: 8 out of 10