Will Liberia’s Starlets Overturn 3-0 Defeat to Niger in
Niamey in Return Leg At ATS Sunday?
Coach Gray gives instruction ahead of training in Niamey
Written by Danesius Marteh
Liberia will take on Niger in an Under-20 return leg
qualifier at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Sunday.
The Starlets are seeking to overturn a 3-0 defeat suffered
under a hot condition in Niamey on April 22.
But team manager Eric Panton filed a protest immediately
after the game that the hosts used seven illegal players.
The so-called illegal players were oalie Ouedraogo Salifou
Issa and defenders Fechhal Sani Dermane and Amadou Hassane.
Others are midfielders Bassirou Bahari Oumarou and Alio
Youssouf and strikers Ado Hayo Rabiou and Sechal Sani
Although his protest was turned down on procedural grounds,
the Liberia Football Association (LFA) re-filed the protest
with the grievance and ethics committee of the Confederation
of African Football (CAF) with a fee of US$1,500
(one-thousand, five-hundred United States dollars).
Aside from the protest, head coach Gray Haizel has
reshuffled his team with five new players.
They are defenders Friday Bestman of Watanga FC, Ganayea
Clinton of Monrovia Club Breweries (MCB) and Anthony Borgbor
of Nimba United and strikers Randy Zwanna Dukuly of Monrovia
FC and Elijah Clark of Nimba United.
Coach Gray will hope that those who survived his rightsizing
will rescue his fading mission. They include goalies
Allenton Sembeh of Nimba United and Joshau Williams of MCB.
Others are defenders Fred Fofana of Watanga FC, Kemoh Kamara
of Mighty Blue Angels, Theo Nimely, Sporo Somah of Watanga
FC, Saah Nyumah and Titus Cooper.
Others are Keith Nah, Marlee Roberts, Claudius Morris, Blamo
Nimely, Abel Horton, Prince Saydee and Gray failed in his
quest to qualify Liberia against Senegal in an under-17
He was deputy coach to Thomas Kojo when Liberia lost 0-4 to
Ivory Coast in the first leg second round qualifiers of the
London Olympic Games at the Accra Sports Stadium on March
27, 2011 in Accra, Ghana.
Sierra Leonean match commissioner Yunisa Alim Sesay will
ensure that the right things are done.
He will be assisted by Burkinabe referees Ouedraogo Oumarou,
center; Pare Adolphe Adam, assistant #1; Sessouma Drissa,
assistant #2 and Ouedraogo Boukari as fourth official.
Allenton Sembeh of Nimba United is poised to start in goal
ahead of Joshua A. Williams of Monrovia Club Breweries.
Michael Fahnbulleh of Gardnersville FC, Ronaldo Dahn of
Invincible Eleven (IE), Fred Fofana of Watanga FC, Kemoh
Kamara of Mighty Blue Angels and Mark Blackie of Zealors FC
will vie for the starting defensive roles.
Abel Horton and Marlee Roberts of LISCR FC; Claudius Morris
of Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) and Keith Nah of LPRC
Oilers could start in midfield.
But Prince Saydee of BYC, Saah Nyumah of Black Star, Titus
Cooper of Nimba United and Theo Nimely of Jubilee are in
line to replace the quartet or any of them.
Strikers Blamo Nimely of Monrovia Club Breweries and IE’s
Herron Berring are highly likely to start with Quelmin
Yorwatei of St. Joseph’s Warriors on a standby. Nimely and
Berring have scored 16 goals between them in the premier
league so far.
The Malian referees are Keita Mohamadou — Center; Diakite
Moriba — Assistant referee #1; Niare Drissa Kamory —
Assistant referee #2 and Sidibe Ousmane—fourth official
while match Commissioner Abdel Hakim El Shelman is from
Documented For Cheating: FPA Finds Traces Of Niger’s Habit
Of Using Overage Players In Continental Competition
Editor’s note: Liberia is battling with CAF to disqualify
Niger for fielding seven illegal players during an U-20
qualifier where the Starlets lost 0-3 in Niamey
Ahead of the investigation, FrontPageAfrica came across an
article written on Jan. 4, 2009 by Sulayman Bah about how
Niger was disqualified for similar reason. Niger’s dream of
qualifying for the Under-17 world championship was dealt
with a big blow after Zimbabwe appealed against them for
featuring over aged players.
The Nigerene government motivated the players by paying
US$2,000 (two-thousand United States dollars) to each player
with coach Frederic Acosta receiving a handsome reward of
US$4,000 (four-thousand United States dollars).
They could have followed Burkina Faso, Algeria, Gambia and
world under-17 host Nigeria had they fairly booked in their
names to the qualifying sheet of the international
Their fraudulent qualification came from 0-1 and 2-1
beatings of Somalia and Mali respectively before packing
aside the young elephants of Ivory Coast aside, only to be
banned for featuring over age players.
Niger could have played against the Baby Scorpions had they
progressed to the semi final but were later disqualified by
Caf for featuring over age players. The Baby Scorpions
whitewashed Malawi, the team that replaced Niger.