expels three national team players
The Liberia football association has expelled three senior
players of the national team of Liberia for constant
violation of the national team player code of conduct.
The LFA was compelled to not just drop the professional
players, as recommended by national team coach Kaetu Smith,
but to expel Captain Anthony Laffor (South Africa), Dioh
Williams (Sweden) and Francis Grandpa Doe (Malaysia) from
the national team with immediate effect.
The three players have been mandated to immediately take
advantage of their return tickets and return to their clubs
or the tickets will be cancelled in 24 hours.
The affected players were part of the Sunday June 10, 2012
zero all tie at home to Angola in the 2014 World cup
qualifier in Monrovia.
LFA says it has become imperative to rid the three players
from the team based on their constant uncontrollable
behaviors including late arrival for practice sessions and
constant boycott of camp among others, all in violation of
sections 4-23 of the National team player code of conduct.
Speaking to the Communications Department of the LFA, Coach
Smith said the affected players (and three others) were
earlier fined US$1,000 each for violating the code of
conduct following the teams’ arrival from Dakar, Senegal on
June 4, 2012.
The players, Dioh and Francis, had arrived on camp 12
midnight while Laffor stayed away from the camp three days
before retuning. They argued why the LFA will attempt to
restrict them and deny them of their freedom when it could
not restrict former national team players like James Debbah
and George Weah.
The players’ constant misconduct came to an uncompromising
state when their misconduct contributed to the team missing
its Delta flight to Ghana en route to Namibia on Monday June
11, 2012. As a result, the LFA has lost close to US$20,000
in extra charges for the team’s overnight stay in Accra,
The team now leaves Wednesday June 13 and stay in Ghana for
about 27 hours before leaving for Namibia for the African
Nations cup match on Saturday June 16.
According to Coach Smith, George Gebro will replace Laffor
as captain of the team.
Two of the expelled players, Dioh and Fancis, including
Dulee Johnson, were expelled in September 2010 by the late
national team coach Bertalan Bicskie on similar grounds just
a day to Liberia’s opening match in the 2012 African Nations
cup qualifier at home to Zimbabwe on September 5, 2010.
Constant appeal from all sectors of society brought them
back to the team after several months