Must Recall 'Grand Pa'
With the Lone Star of Liberia rivalry with nemesis Nigeria
Super Eagles restored by evidence of both sides being paired
against each other in the final round of the South Africa
2013 Nations Cup finals, the red, white and blue outfit
might be without its talisman finisher FRANCIS FORKEY DOE
who along with two others (Dioh Williams and Anthony Laffor)
were 'expelled' by the Liberia Football Association (LFA)
for 'breaking camp' prior to the second leg clash with
Namibia's Brave Warriors in the Afcon qualifier previous
round. Why the debate continues as to whether the players
should be pardoned for the epic two-legged clash with the
Super Eagles (September 9, at home and October 13, away) who
they first met in 1984, prolific writer Ralph Geeplay is
keen on the bubbling hit-man Francis Doe to be recalled for
the Nigerian classic as he leafs through the player's path
to stardom, his prowess and achievement in presenting a case
that could make connoisseurs have a rethink relative to
Doe's fate on the Lone Star that is 180 minutes to its third
nations cup finals.
LFA Must Recall 'Grand Pa'
By Ralph Geeplay
The President of the Liberian FA must recall Francis Forkey
Doe to the Lone Star now, as Liberia prepares to play the
Super Eagles of Nigeria. Doe is probably Liberia best kept
secret since the dribbling legend George Weah left
professional football for politics, following an impressive
spell of certified career in Africa and Europe. What have
kept the lid on Doe’s career are perhaps disciplinary
issues, but no one doubts his talents. He remains without
hesitation Liberia’s finest scorers amongst today’s
generation of Liberian players seeking to make a name, since
Oppong Weah left the scene about a decade ago.
Doe connects with DC United fans
The 26 year old Doe began his promising career with
Cameroonian Premiere Division in 2002, featuring for
Tonnerre Klara club de Yaoundé. It is also there that his
countryman George Weah started impressively before going on
to the French Ligue 1 with AS Monaco.
It seems Liberian finest players always played in Cameroon
before going on to greener pastures in Europe. James Debbah,
Liberia's “celebrated player” also laced his boots there
with Union Douala, so too was Joe Nagbe. Liberian striker
Alex Nimley also played in Cameroon for Coton de Garoua. He
currently plays in the English league for CoventryCity, on
loan from Manchester City, having also been loaned to
Middlesbrough in 2011.
In Cameroon, Doe flashes of brilliance were revealed when he
was voted best foreign player and third overall, becoming
the second Liberian after Weah to win the coveted title.
To show he meant business and was serious about his playing
career, the budding Liberian star helped Tonnerre Yaoundé to
the CAF Cup final, netting six goals in eight CAF Cup
Overall, the lethal right footed Liberian striker ended the
2002 season with the club netting twelve goals in seventeen
In Cameroon he played when, the German coach Winfred
Schaffer was the manager of the Indomitable Lions. Schaffer
heaped praises on Doe as a gifted striker, but Doe and the
club parted ways as the season ended.
In 2003, the bubbling Liberian finisher played briefly in
Ghana where he was discovered before signing with the
Minnesota Thunder in 2004.
Forkey Doe used his contract clause and opted out of the
Thunder when he began receiving interest from Europe, and
South America, but instead he signed a two-year deal with
Greek club Atromitos. While in Greece he scored six times in
twenty league matches.
When his playing days in Greece were done he packed his bags
and headed out. Doe has always been in search of opportunity
and that was why in March 2007 the Liberian net buster went
on trials with the Major League Soccer (MLS) Red Bulls of
New York, eventually securing a contract with the club.
Playing for the former American team coach Bruce Arena
exposed Doe to a high quality manager who had been to the
world cup and had had success. Arena gave Forkey Doe his
second start for the Red Bulls, in 2007, and he impressed.
During that game he scored his first MLS goal and recorded
an assist in a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution.
Doe, subsequently in 8 league matches including four
starting assignments with the Bulls Scored two goals and
contributed one assist helping the club qualify for the MLS
He would later be waived by the team on February 21, 2008.
As he left the Bulls, DC United Immediately snatched up the
Liberian. Doe also proved his worth with United especially
in a 2-1 crucial win over the New England Revolution on
October 16, 2008, according to Liberiansoccer. com
However by signing Avery John, Doe was out of favor with the
club, but greener pastures awaited him elsewhere, and he
took advantage of his chances.
Disappointed enormously, according to his friends and those
who know him considering, he did well for DC and bearing in
mind that there are huge Liberian football fans on the east
coast of the United States. Especially Delaware,
Philadelphia, Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island who were
following his career, Doe put behind his regrets and moved
But calling soon came knocking on his doors from the
Egyptian giants Al Ahly. Doe stay there was also successful;
he scored four goals in two seasons, but when you considered
that Ahly is the best African club on the continent, you
sense an insight of appreciation for what he did, says an
Egypt has done well in African football, but more so, Al
Ahly was voted the African club of the century just as Real
Madrid was nominated in Europe. Francis has play
exceptionally well also for his country Liberia, scoring
important goals, and showing again and again why he is a
first striker on the team.
Coach Kaetu Smith immediately upon being appointed, made Doe
the center piece of his team before his recent expulsion.
Although, under Anthony Hey, the Lone Star German coach, he
saw less action, so it was too under the Hungarian tactician
Frustrated that the hired Liberian foreign coaches were
overlooking him and what he termed as the lack of
organization and respect, he said he was retiring from
His First match for the senior national team of Liberia came
against the Red Devils of Congo Brazzaville where the Lone
Star then under the indigenous coach Kadalla Kromah was
pounded by their host 3-0, but The Liberian clinical
finisher wasn't done. He scored two goals during Liberia’s
2008 Afcon qualifying campaign, opening the scoring in a 3-2
victory over the Amavubis of Rwanda on October 8, 2006.
Doe scored 14 goals for Terengganu FA this season
WINS MALAYSIA-SL GOLDEN BOOT
He also scored Liberia's Lone goal in their 3-1 loss to Cameroon in
March, 2007 in Yaoundé "via a mouthwatering solo effort where he got
pass the central defensive duo of Rigobert Song Bahanag and Eric
Matoukou to slot the ball passed the reliable Carlos Idrissa kameni
then of Spanish Premier Liga outfit Espanyol," Liberian football
analyst Wleh Bedell said.
The Lone Star of Liberia 1-0 win against visiting Cape Verde was
also a 36 minute effort from Doe. Doe was also confident against
Senegal recently despite the Lions parading big names players
against Liberia. He opened the scoreline for the Lone Star in Dakar
in the 2012 world cup qualification for Brazil 2013 as early as the
second minute. The team failed to defend Doe's early goal.
Liberia would eventually go down 3-1 to the Lions, but he paid coach
Smith for keeping faith with him. He is stubborn both on and off the
pitch. But under a high-quality manager analysts say he will
Doe is a very rowdy player, but he works hard and plays well. He has
14 goals to date to his credit in the Malaysian league for
Terengganu FA, despite playing under pressure and being the target
of constant racial slurs from Asian fans.
Liberia needs him against Nigeria. By now, Francis Forkey Doe should
be playing in Europefor an excellent team, considering his immense
talents. He is a first-rate player and one of the Lone Star superb
goal punchers. The Lone Star must recall him for the tie with the
Nigerian Super Eagles. "He deserves to be on the team. He has his
ways, but he always delivered," says a fan.