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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:01

Drama on LFA 1st Division League Table

 By Anthony Kokoi 

FC Fassel and Monrovia Club Breweries lose points for fielding illegal players; Watanga, Jubilee, Barrolle and LISCR benefit

Days after it was reported that FC Fassel was just few steps away from clinching their first ever championship, there has been a dramatic shift in the league table after points were deducted from FC Fassel and Monrovia Club Breweries.

According to an official communication, 12 points were deducted from FC Fassel after two separate protests were filed by LISCR FC against the Soccer Missionaries and one against Monrovia Club Breweries for fielding illegal players.

A complaint was filed by LISCR FC against FC Fassel for fielding player Jeremy G. Saygbe in FC Fassel’s matches against Mighty Barrolle and Jubilee FC on May 31 and June 19 respectively; matches that the player should have missed thus rendering him as an illegal player.

According to the finding from the committee, player Saygbe was shown a red card in their match against Watanga FC on April 14, 2017 and missed two games instead of three.

“The committee recommends that the result of the match (Barrolle vs. FC Fassel) be reversed as follow: Barrolle 2-0 Fassel; and the result of the match (Jubilee vs. FC Fassel) also be reversed as follow: Jubilee 2-0 Fassel,” the committee’s ruling states.

In the second protest, FC Fassel was found guilty after it was established by the committee that midfielder John Jaysay was fielded against Watanga FC both at home and away on March 22 and April 14 respectively.

The committee therefore recommended that the results of the two matches also be reversed 2-0 against Fassel for both home and away.

Midfielder Jaysay, according to the finding, was shown yellow cards in three matches against MC Breweries, LPRC Oilers, and Nimba United, therefore resulting in a one match ban in keeping with Chapter 20, Article 27, Section 1.0 of the LFA statute.

Third place Monrovia Club Breweries was also found guilty of similar offense for featuring player Benjamin Blapoh against LISCR FC on June 26, 2017, having received three yellow cards against Mighty Barrolle, Keitrace and ELWA United.

“The committee recommends that Monrovia Club Breweries forfeits the match to LISCR with three points, two goals.”

The match between LISCR and Breweries ended 1-1; therefore additional two points have been added to Coach Tapha Manneh’s side, summing it to 40 points out of 20 matches.

Due to the ruling of the protest, there have been a change of positions on the league table with LISCR FC on top and needing just two points from their last two matches.

Barrack Young Controllers is now seated second on goal difference — leveled on points with MC Breweries — 35 points apiece, while Watanga FC have moved four places from their previous 8th place position.

FC Fassel is now 5th on the table-leveled on points with Nimba United-with 31 points, but top on goal difference, while Jubilee moved to 6th place, three points above Keitrace. Mighty Barrolle is now five points above the relegation zone.

However, FC Fassel still has a chance to file in an appeal to the grievance and ethics committee.


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Monday, 24 July 2017 14:06

Thomas Kojo Sets Record in Mauritania



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Flashback:  LISCR FC striker Christopher Jackson the lone goal scorer
against Serria Leone in a International Friendly on 6/6/2017

Deputy national soccer coach Thomas Kojo proved that he has a future with the national team, Lone Star when his boys defeated Mauritania 1-0 yesterday in the return-leg of their home-based African Cup of Nations tournament, a report confirmed by LBS radio.

Liberia lost 0-2 a week ago in Monrovia and many Liberians thought the team was going to Mauritania to be humiliated.

However, aware that securing at least three goals, was somehow difficult, Coach Kojo took lessons from the first leg and provided a wide organized team, from the defense to the midfield, and reports indicate that the Liberians took command of the game, tt through a Christopher Jackson goal six minutes before halftime.

Fighting as if their lives depended on the results of the game, the Liberians threw caution to the win and played a well-coordinated game, that left many Mauritanians to wonder how their side defeated the same team 2-0 a week ago abroad.

Though Lone Star is out of the Zone West A CAF competition, they gained a lot of respect in Mauritania with their 1-0 victory over their national team.

Coach Thomas Kojo and his boys did the nation a memorable performance and they are returning home with the hope that they can build on the current team for the future.

The national team did not have adequate preparation and in the first leg went against a team that was well prepared to play abroad. The same was what happened to the Mauritanians and so it may be assumed that had the Liberian side been well handled to meet the first leg; they would have triumphed in Mauritania.



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The lesson here is that Thomas Kojo did a good job and he and his boys deserve our commendation. We must learn from the past and prepare our boys ahead of the game that is if we want to win, which it goes without saying.

Published in Lonestar News
Monday, 24 July 2017 14:04

SKD Finally Dedicated



The 35,000 sitting capacity Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex has finally been dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with a call to Liberians to use the facility to host events that promote unity and reconciliation, especially among the young people.

Making a brief remark at the dedication ceremony on Saturday, President Sirleaf said the young people once again now have the opportunity to troop in and cheer their teams at a better SKD that was closed due to its deplorable condition.

She thanked the government and the people of China for their continuous support to the peace and infrastructural development of Liberia over the years.

“China has been one of our major partners and the impact of this friendship can be seen in various sectors of our country and we will forever remain grateful for this partnership,” she said.

The renovation of the SKD is among several infrastructural development projects being undertaken by the Chinese government in Liberia.

Also making a brief remark at the dedication ceremony, the Charge D’affair at the Chinese Embassy, Li Zhuang thanked the Government of Liberia for its support and contribution to the China-Liberia relations that have been developing with a sound momentum and have yielded fruitful achievements in various sectors of Liberia.

He made reference to the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Team project, the MVTC and Fendell Campus, the Tappita Hospital and the Liberia Broadcasting System as some of the major projects undertaken by the Chinese government.

“China is far away from Liberia, but we feel at home, we feel among friends, brothers, and sisters,” Li said.

Youth and Sports Minister, Charles N’Tow also thanked the Chinese government and said promised proper measures will be put in place for the maintenance of the facility.
The program was marked by cultural performances by the Chinese and their Liberian counterparts from the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia.

Published in LFA League


By Staff Reporter

Liberian international Forward William Jebor has moved to a new Saudi Arabian Club Al- Nassr FC .

The Lonestar Captain signed with the Saudi Arabia giant Club Al- Nassr Riyadh FC  in a 3- years deal worth Approximately 3.4 million dollars from Portuguese Club Rio Ave.

Jebor spend last season on loan with Moroccan Champion Wydad Athletic Casablanca ( WAC) . He Captured the Moroccan Botola Championship and the 2017 Moroccan Domestic League golden boots .


The prolific striker who played previously for LPRC oliers, Al-Ahli Tripoli ,El- Gash ,SD Ponferradina and Rio Ave  managed to get on the score sheet with 19 Strikes in 28 League Matches with the Arches or ( WAC).


Jebor signed in 2014 by Portuguese Club Rio Ave for a reported 200,000 Euros from Libyan side Al-Ahli in Tripoli . He scored only one goal for the Portuguese outfit  despite the huge expectations and promise from his play in Egypt.

This dispointing play caused Jerbo to be sent on loan to the  Spanish Second tier Club SD Ponferradina . He  managed two strikes with the la liga 2 club before back to North Africa with Moroccan giant wydad Athletic (WAC) were he had an inspirational Season.


The 25 years old forward and Top Scorer of the current generation of Liberia Lonestar Players is expected to earned Euros 300,000 yearly until June 30, 2020 when his Stayed in Saudi Arabia Come to an End.


The November 10 born Striker made his debut for Liberia in the 2014 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in a 4-2 lost away to the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Praira.


Since the former LPRC oliers hit man has managed to Score Ten (10) time in the Red, White and Blue Lonestar Shirts in Approximately 11 Caps with the Liberia National Team.


The EX - Wydad Athletic and Rio Ave Forward is on record of being the first Liberian Player to Score Hat trick in major CAF Tournament when he beg three into the back of the net against the wild African dog of Guinea Bissau in the first Round  preliminary Rounds of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

In a match Liberia won 3-1 in an away fixture the forward can also be remember for another hat trick against Djibouti in the 2017 AFCON Qualifier a match the Lonestar won by 5-0 in Monrovia.


Meanwhile Jebor is expected to make his debut this weekend in the Saudi Arabia Premier League

 By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe


After a splendid performance displayed in Liberia’s international friendly with Sierra Leone ahead of Zimbabwe 3-0 away defeat, Fifa badge referee, George S. Roger has sealed his first Caf international assignment.

CAF has appointed referee Roger to take charge of Guinea’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Zone West A preliminary round second leg qualifier against Guinea Bissau on July 22 in Conakry.

Though the date to departure is pending; the 30-year-old will head a set of Liberian referees; Sekou Kannah, Johnson Gbartea and Issac T.Z Montgomery to Conakry, Guinea.

The Fifa badge referee who was commissioned in January 2016 will be ably assisted by Sekou Kannah as assistant # 1, Johnson Gbartea as # 2 while Issac T.Z Montgomery will serve as fourth official.

The well-built referee started his professional career in 2010 and his first match officiated was on Tusa Field between Young Black Star versus Crystal Palace.

The Liberian referee before becoming a referee played football with Young Black Star in the Gradernerville Sub-Committee league and the Jimmy Jolocon High school.

As part of his referee abilities, Roger officiated a beef-up match that saw LISCR FC forced Union Duala to a 2-2 draw in Monrovia.

The match was part of Union Duala build-up ahead of their Caf Champion League return match with Nimba United.
He travels with Nimba United as an accompanying referee in the returned leg in Duala.

In April 2016 he had an international course for new Fifa badge referee amongst 41 from the Africa.

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 By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

Liberia Football Association (LFA) has slapped FC Fassell’s defender, Alvin Maccornel with a suspension from the Lone Star”, FOCUS Sport has gathered.

The former LISCR FC and Barrack Young Controller center-back defender will be out of actions for the senior national team’s remaining activities this 2017.

Marcconel, according to an official at the Local Football house, is suspended for misleading the national team “Lone Star” technical staff in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The LFA official unveiled that Maccornel did not inform the technical staff about the change on his passport after his plan ticket was bought.

FOCUS Sport investigation reveals that the lad had two different passports with two different ages; on his first passport he had 1993 while the second had 1997.

The defender received his share of US$ 700.00 as par dime intended for local players prior to match against Zimbabwe but was disallowed to play due to conflicting ages in CAF System.

Things are kind of difficult for Maccornel having played for LISCR FC in the CAF tournament in 2011 and also the National team with another age.

Age cheating is a crime in football and pundits are suggesting that his suspension be extended to club matches.

Published in Lonestar News

  By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

Former Lone Star and Mighty Barrolle defender, Washington Blay has joined the many calls seeking for the resignation of Liberia Football Association President, Musa Hassan Bility.

The man who is widely acclaimed as Liberia's all-time best defender wants Bility to resign because of his involvement with politics which Fifa’s status prohibits.

Mr. Blay; “As long as Fifa says Government should not have interference in football, national associations and federations, it is the same for a President of an Association or Federation not to join political parties.”

The former Lone Star’s Administrative Director says with Bility as a Local FA President joining an opposition political party (Liberty Party) and holding a key position, is a clear sign or indicator of battling against the ruling establishment (Unity Party).

With the maxim that; “when two elephants fight only the ground will suffer”, Mr. Blay believes in such saying because it is the senior national team “Lone Star” that now suffers the aftershock of all because of politics.

Blay who was wrongfully dismissed allegedly by the Local FA President also maintained that Musa Bility, a politician right now in Liberia with the Liberty Party has driven “Lone Star” into politics.

According to him, with the alleged refusal by the Government of Liberia to provide money for players of the National team ahead of Mauritania’s encounter, it speaks volume and shows that Bility has driven Lone Star into politics.

“Let see it this way, do you think that the ruling establishment will want to adequately support a “Lone Star” that is managed by an individual who is on the other side of the political fence, I mean the Liberty Party (LP),” he questions?

He sees such an action has a conflict of interest and double-standard which slams the hope and aspiration of Lone Star into oblivion.

Lone Star’s last-minute preparation leading to the first leg, was reportedly out-gunned by political rivalry between LFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports; the Government regulatory arm of sports.

With the Political wrangling Lone Star moved to camp on the eve of Sunday’s game, after holding just eight training sessions at the George Weah Technical Center in Careyburg.

It has been alleged that Government reneged on its responsibility to support the team, which belongs to the people of Liberia, though blaming the LFA for failing to live up to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

There are also reports that LFA did not receive a dime from Government for Liberia’s opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers fixture against the Warriors of Zimbabwe in Harare.

Embarrassingly, Bility had to borrow US$15,000 from Zimbabwe football chief, Phillip Chiyangwa to settle Lone Star players’ allowance on the eve of Lone Star 3-0 defeat to the Warriors.

He alleged that Musa Bility at the helm of authority of the Liberia Football Association is the worst President since the Local FA’s establishment.

He said the past Liberia Football Association Presidents were not receiving money from Fifa like the current FA leadership, but many are not seeing where the money goes.

Blay who has experienced nine caps with the Senior National Team “Lone Star” from 1984-1990; at the same time expressed disappointment over Liberia’s Football stakeholders.

He wants the clubs’ officials to stand firm now to ask Bility to resign.

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Things continue to get worse for the Lone Star in continental competitions after they were defeated 2-0 by Mauritania in the first leg of the African Nations Championship qualifiers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Liberia.

Yali Dellahi got the opener for the Mauritanians in the 35th minute after a careless mistake by the Lone Star defense that provided Dellahi a free opportunity to send the Les Mourabitones in front after he rolled the ball in the lower left corner of his opponents’ goalpost.

Later, in the 61st minute Boubacar Bagili became the man of the moment after he swung in a spectacular free kick from outside the 18-yard box to clinch crucial victory for the visitors.

Lone Star started on a good note dominating ball possession and made the first attempt of the match after LISCR striker Christopher Jackson had a clear opportunity to give Lone Star the lead, but did not utilize the opportunity.

Watanga FC forward Kelvin Potis tried to record his name in history by getting a goal on his debut. He made several attempts to get a curtain raiser, but unfortunately, the forward only had the first half to play.

The golden opportunity for the home side to get a consolation came in the 81st minute after they got a penalty after striker Mustapha Lomell of Nimba United was brought down in the penalty area, but outstanding forward David Tweh saw himself frustrated after the penalty was saved by goalkeeper Brahim Souleymane.

Barrack Young Controller’s forward David Tweh take the Lone Stars’ penalty that was saved by goalkeeper Brahim Souleyman

Coach James Debbah increased his attacking force after he introduced FC Fassel forward Terrance Tisdell and striker Lomell, but the forward’s usual attacks from both flanks could not give his side the result as he did against Sierra Leone in the recent international friendly, when he provided an assist to striker Jackson to score the winner in that match.

It was the expectation of Liberians to see their national team emerging victorious after an annoying 3-0 result in their previous continental match in Harare, Zimbabwe. Things continue to get worse for the “unprepared” Lone Star.

Their chance of advancing to the second round in Zone West A is now narrow, and will need to defeat the Mauritanians 3-0 or more to secure a slot in the second round of the competition.

The ATS result put the Les Mourabitones in a better position ahead of the return leg this Friday at the Stade Olympique stadium in Mauritania.

Published in Lonestar News
Sunday, 16 July 2017 14:14

Liberia eyes redemption today


Liberia is out to return to winning ways when they clash against Mauritania in their opening 2018 CAF African Champions qualifier on Sunday.

Getting a win as early as the opening leg allows the hosts to raise their hopes of reaching Kenya for the CHAN tournament next year.

Although they are fresh from a 3-0 loss against Zimbabwe in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Harare, they will be boosted by their home crowd.

Coach James Debbah led the Lone Stars to a 1-0 win over Sierra Leone in an international friendly last month at home and will also want to win this encounter on Sunday.

For the visitors, the Les Mourabitones failed to start 2017 with a win as they registered a 1-0 loss against Lesotho in a friendly in June.

However, they managed to bounce back with a 1-0 win over the Zebras of Botswana in a crucial AFCON qualifier in Gaborone.

Coming to this clash in Monrovia, they will be in high morale to cause an upset in front of an intimidating home crowd.
Coach Corentin Martins Da Silva will want to ensure his charges claim a victory in their first ever meeting against Liberia.

The match will be staged at Antoinette Tubman Stadium Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia at 4:00 pm.

Published in Lonestar News
Friday, 14 July 2017 12:45

Mauritania Arrives for Sunday Game

BY LFA Press

A 36 member Mauritanian football delegation has arrived in the country ahead of the CHAN WEST Zone A qualifier with Liberia.

The team made up of local players includes officials and technical staff members.

The Mauritanians will battle the Lone Star tis Sunday, July 16 at 4pm at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Meanwhile, match officials for the game have also arrived in the country.

The match officials touched down Friday morning at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.

The Center Referee is Baba Leno of Guinea while the Assistants are Moustapha Toure and Issa Soumah .also from Guinea.

The reserve referee is also a Guinean and he is Aboubacar Mario Bangoura.

Sanusi Mohammed of Nigeria serves as the Match Commissioner for the crucial encounter at the ATS.

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