George Gebro attempts to beat Angola’s Dos Santos during
a 2014 World Cup qualifier on June 10 at the ATS
By Wleh Bedell
What could be termed as a twist in decision making has come
to the fore as far as the selection of George Gebro on the
senior national team of Liberia the Lone Star is concerned.
It can be recollected that the 30 year old captain cum full
back was recently dropped from the senior national team for
what authorities of the Lone Star termed the players
“inability to regularly feature as a left full back for his
club Invincible Eleven (IE) in the ongoing LFA national
league” and in fact his decision to stay out of the crunch
fixture with arch rivals Mighty Barrolle a forth night ago
on grounds of injury, but was surprisingly seen on the Lone
Star’s training ground the following day in the morning
hours with the aim of training.
Gebro was then send home as the Lone Star’s handlers
reportedly told him that he was being dropped for the fact
that he showed unwillingness or was irregular in playing for
club which means he could not be really evaluated for
selection on the Lone Star.
But, the news of the player’s recall soon broke out minutes
after the Invincible Eleven (IE) spirited 1-0 victory over
last season Premiership bridesmaid, Barrack Young
Controllers (BYC). A 65th minute strike by Ansu Sheriff saw
BYC now coached by ex-Lone Star care taker Coach Thomas Kojo
suffered another defeat at the ATS on Sunday, August, 12.
In their 3-4-3 formation where Gebro played wide ahead of
the back three which was relatively as a full back in a back
four format, Gebro scampered down the flanks, controlled
teammates and looked accurate under pressure. The captain of
the day would then receive a standing ovation after he was
substituted in the 90th minute.
After the match a member of the Lone Star’s technical crew
said Gebro was recalled for the fact that he played “his
usual role” as well as the news that some of the foreign
based players sent for will not be honoring the match as the
ticket arrangements to make them get to Equatorial Guinea
was not done properly.
Since the players will not be in time for the match and that
some of the players would even be arriving after the match
According to reports, of the six oversea based players send
for only three will be making the trip to Malambo,
Equatorial Guinea. Sources at the FA say Solomon Grimes is
already in the country from his base in Cyprus and will
travel with the rest of the team from Monrovia on Tuesday,
August, 14, while the Russian based Sekou Jabateh Oliseh and
France based Alseny Keita will leave from their respective
bases to travel directly to the Central African nation.
The trio of Malaysian based Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh, Omega
Roberts Alamadine from Serbia and Theo Weeks Lewis from
Turkey will not be making the trip sources at the football
house say due to problems in arranging their flight tickets.
One other addition or stand by player is the Egyptian based
left full Patrick Dolopei who since coming home on holiday
has been training with the Lone Star. The lad is a player of
Egyptian Second Division side El Menia and had stints with
local clubs Gardnersville FC, Bassa Defenders, Mighty Blue
Angels and Invincible Eleven (IE). Another player who has
been called to replace one of the folks that will not be
going for the contest I Malambo is the rugged midfielder
Othelo Banei from Indian lower league side Royal Wahingdoh