Lone Star Players Rating Against Eq. Guinea
Isaac Pupo: The
rejuvenated LPRC Oilers orchestrator showed glimpses of his
incisive style football
The fourth match by the Kaetu Smith led Lone Star though a
friendly has ended 0-1 as the team with a rather far from
convincing Nzalang Nacional holding onto to a howler made by
the reliable gloves man Nathaniel Sherman on August 15,
which was a FIFA approved friendly date. The Lone Star kept
possession quite well but lacked the cutting edge,
ruthlessness and aggression in the fray which was major
reason they could not get the better of the Central African
opponents. With the Flames of Malawi expected to play
against the Lone Star before the herculean task with the
once feared Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Lone Star faithful
up till remain scathed as to how they lost to the 2012
African Nations Cup co-hosts after some promising display.
But, how did the players fare is what is leafed through.
Nathaniel Sherman: Even
the opponents were surprised that the Lone Star net minder
made what could be described as a horrendous mistake to
allow his goal to be breached. With the match been played on
a national holiday in Equatorial Guinea, the locals felt
they were given a deserved presence as an unguarded net was
rattled. IN the entire match the Roots FC gloves man had
little or nothing to do as his men pr0bed and probed in the
hunt for an equalizer.
Solomon Grimes: The
lively wing back and not full back as they are quite
different, was lively in going forward and accurate under
pressure. His skills, tenacity, sumptuous first touch and
desire to win almost every tackle made him the man of the
match. The man from Cypriot club Nea Salima was quite a
handful for the opposition.
George Gebro: Wearing
the captain armband for the third time since replacing
Laffor, the Invincible Eleven (IE) senior player was also on
top of his game as he threw in the tackles, made overlapping
runs and played to the service of his side.
Solomon Wesseh: Playing
as one of the center halves the LPRC Oilers defense ace was
very much efficient as he showed the willingness, fighting
spirit and hunger to fiercely keep opposing strikers at bay.
He also went forward in attacking set pieces and was quite a
plus to the backline of the 1996 AFCON debutants.
Teah Dennis, Jr,: The
towering and versatile rearguard put up a fantastic
performance as he combined effectively with his central
defensive partner. The gritty nature in tackling,
intelligence in controlling the teamís build up from the
back was a delight to watch.
Zah Krangar: It was
quite amazing that the Persipura danger man was at his usual
best in terms of gluing the ball to his boot, making subtle
moves; body swerving his way pass opponents and willingness
to join teammates in getting behind the ball when on the
back foot. One key observation however was that the little
box of tricks needed to be quicker in propelling the teamís
attack from deep. The deep lying playmaker was no doubt a
great help to the team despite the loss.
Mostly playing deep where he used his brain to allow his boot get in
contact with the distinctive green ball to release and tee
up teammates, the former Monrovia Breweries man had a
wonderful game. He astonishingly won some duels as he closed
down opponents, and when he was substituted late on, it was
not due to him spoiling or having no significant but mainly
due to a tactical switch from the gaffer.
James Koko Lomell:
Operating down the right channel the Deltras asset could not
just make a huge impact into the game. Restricted like the
rest of the team in playing simple passing game seemed to
make him look ordinary in most parts of the contest and he
rarely managed some promising display. His movement and
decision making especially when reverting to defense looked
unconvincing. Also, there were times he seemed isolated in
such wide area which did not do well for his side as his
fabulous skills were not maximized.
Eric Weeks: On the day,
the Pesiwa Wamena sharp shooter could not just light up the
contest. He was not quite as his imperious best and his
shots were in exigent. To make matter worse he had a knock
with the beautiful game just failing to smile on the
ex-Roots and Mighty Barrolle starlet.
Sekou Jabateh Oliseh:
Playing as the second striker the man from Moscow created
several chances, and though he squandered one real one, the
opposing goalkeeper was a key reason his name was not
registered on the giant sized score board of the Estadio De
Malabo. He however stands accuse of trying to over finesse
at times, but he nonetheless helped his team ask several
Boikai Foday: The
Persiwa Wamena finisher added a new dimension to the teamís
attack. He won a lot of the aerial battles and his link up
play was quite helpful to his side. But, he lacked strong
runs and was mostly second best in tussles. He toiled,
probed and dropped deep at times, but he will need to be
more imposing in the final third.
James Soto Roberts:
Coming for Eric Weeks, the LPRC Oilers winger ignited the
game and posed problems for the opponents with his lovely
crosses. He could have scored but the wrong application of
technique might have robbed him.
Sekou Manubah: Though
the Oilers midfielder who came on for Lomell conceded
possession early, he managed to compose himself and linked
up playmates. His deft touches were good for his side and he
showed willingness to run and revert to defense in serving
as cover for teammates.
Abel Quioh: It was later
too late when the Persisan net buster joined the fray. He
could not inject any sort of magic in the last five minutes
he was stunningly introduced. Made some runs though, but his
coming on was a bit late.