Solomon Grimes apologizes for misconduct in Senegal
A leading member of the Liberia senior national team has
apologized to the nation for chucking to the ground the
national team jersey as he left the field for a second
bookable offense in the match Senegal versus Liberia in
Dakar on June 2, 2012.
Grimes had received a caution (yellow card) in the first
half of proceedings for a foul. Second card came midway in
the second half, in which the Ivorian referee gave Solomon
the marching order.
But Grimes said he felt angry and frustrated that he was not
just being sent off, but that he would miss the next match
in Monrovia to Angola. “I was so disappointed seen myself
helping my country and suddenly I am not just leaving the
game but out of the next one, I am so sorry to the fans and
the entire country for my action” Solomon said.
Liberia had gone up 1-0 in the first few minutes of the
match before the Senegalese could level. The sending off of
Grimes drilled a wedge in Liberia’s effort to surge for
additional away goals thus losing the 2014 world cup debut
qualifying match 3-1. The Cyprus based international Grimes
eventually missed the match at home to Angola on June 10,
2012, which folded 0-0.
His apology comes following the team’s cruising to the next
and last stage of the 2013 Nations cup qualifiers haven
eliminated Namibia on a 1-0 aggregate. Grimes returned in
that match and performed extremely well in securing the away
draw in Namibia as a right back.
Solomon Grimes is a long serving member of the senior team
dating back to 2004 when he was recruited by head coach
Kadala Kromah following the age of the “George Weah Eleven”.
Playing for Mighty Barrolle, he had dominated local
defenders in the national league.
Grimes did not just expressed regrets over his ugly actions
in Dakar while speaking to LFA’s Communication Department on
Monday July 2, 2012 but admitted that the major factor to
the qualification over Namibia was principally on the basis
of discipline and adherence to the sayings of the coaches.
“We followed the orders of the coach; we were disciplined on
and off the pitch. If we continue like this, it doesn’t
matter who we meet we will qualify for the nations cup in
South Africa”, Grimes assured.
He praised coach Kaetu Smith and co for the level of
disciplinary style introduced to the team (not commenting on
the dropping of three of his colleagues from the national
The Cyprus based defender for Nea Salamis urged his
colleagues on the national team to surge hard in qualifying
for the country’s third Nations cup berth, which will be
their first. “With this, Liberia’s Fifa ranking would
improve, meaning we as players could get better contracts
out there. Because we ply Liberian passports, it is
difficult to sign better deals, we need to approve our
country’s ranking” he averred.