Does Lone Star need Dulee?
Diminutive playmaker Dulee Johnson might have revived his
career by signing a two year deal with middle of the table
club Amazulu in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).
The 27 year old has had a troubling career ranging from rape
allegation to drunkenness.
From Floda Boif to BK Hacken and then AIK Solna all of
Sweden to Israeli side Meccabi Telavi and back to AIK, the
next route would be De Graffschap in the Netherlands. Since
being axed by the Dutch outfit, the playmaker was inactive
for a lengthy spell before being signed on as a free agent
by Amazulu who are coached by a certain Swedish Coach Roger
Palgrem, mainly responsible for Dulee’s moving to his
At least the player was for the second time able to feature
against Manchester United, in a pre season friendly in South
Africa where he came on midway in the second half and showed
some glimpses of his form with his incisive quick passing
style and movement.
Though the match ended 1-0 in favor of the Red Devils, courtesy of the
Italian Federico Machida’s goal after latching onto a tee
from want away Bulgarian striker Dimitir Berbatov, the tiny
Liberian midfielder it can be recalled featured against Man
United, mainly their reserve side in a friendly with
Birmingham in a match he featured for the latter during his
time there on trial. But, while Johnson might have
resurrected his career the major question from a Liberian
perspective is whether Lone Star needs him.
In fairness the red, white and blue outfit lacks a playmaker, somewhere
Dulee could fit as he is useful as a spearhead in midfield
in a triangular form. With the senior national team
operating with a double pivot in Alseny Keita and Theo Lewis
Weeks where they sit in front the back four soaking the
pressure, initiating the team’s build up play and
dispossessing opponents in a shield role, a player like
Dulee whose subtle moves, creative vision and intelligence
in stabilizing things in the middle third as well as
providing the final balls for the front men will be needed.
However, while no one will deny the fact that the lad has
talent his not too good attitude relative to his discipline
could be termed a reason the Lone Star might not need him.
He is no doubt a trouble maker and his September, 2010 axing
from the Lone Star along with two other controversial
players Dioh Williams and Francis Doe after breaking camp is
one reason calling back the former lower league side
Liverpool man would be difficult.
There could however be one thing to smile about at least for
those who have the player as their fan. The current set up
of the team which has Henry Brown as technical director of
the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and head coach of the
Lone Star Kaetu Smith as the two men who coached Dulee and
the rest of the lads on the Monrovia FC U-13, U-14 and U-15
squad that made in-roads in the Scandinavia look poised to
call their top scorer in the three years competition which
many criticize as the Liberian side virtually fielded over
With Zah Krangar, also a member of that squad now playing as
a playmaker on the Lone Star and Dioh Willliams serving as
an embarrassment for the duo as he and Francis Doe were for
the second time ‘expelled’ from the team, Dulee could be the
next man in line to reunite with his two former coaches.