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Liberia to play England, Spain or Germany if……


By Boy Dolo

Liberia has the opportunity to play against either of the three world football giants should she secure one of the sixteen qualification spots to Gabon next year.

The Lone Star will battle England, Spain or Germany should she qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation, Liberia Football Chief Musa Bility has confirmed.

Bility who returned to Monrovia from Milano where he watched the final of the European Champions League between Spanish Capital City rivals Real Madrid and Athletic Club Madrid at the weekend said the football authorities of the three countries have already assured him.

“The agents of these three countries have already assured me that they will be willing to accept a friendly encounter with us if we qualify for the Nations Cup.This is great news and as such we must fight to reach there,” Bility braggingly stated.

Speaking at a news conference in Monrovia on Monday, the LFA President said this has come as a boost for the country quest to reach the third Nations Cup final.

Liberia has struggled for qualification since she appeared at the Nations Cup final in 1996 in South Africa and Mali 2002 and this is the first time that she has come so close to archiving such feast in many years.

He urged the players to make maximum use of the pledged gift and defeat Togo on Sunday, which he believes will be a step forward in securing qualification.

The Lone Star will battle the Sparrow Hawks of Togo on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman stadium in Central Monrovia.

The LFA President said the Government of Liberia and lead sponsor Cell GSM has done everything possible and that all was set per dim wise for the cruise encounter.

He warned that Togo should not be overlooked, noting they one of the best teams in the West African Region. “We should not go into the encounter celebrating that we will beat Togo easily. They are one of the best team in West Africa so as such we should be aware of the threats,” Bility added.

Lone Star needs just four points to grab her place at the continent biggest soccer extravaganza, as she sits on top of Group A’ with nine points from four matches two points ahead of rivals Togo and Tunisia. The winners of the 13 groups will automatically qualify plus two best rounder up teams will join host Gabon.

Published in Lonestar News
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:20

Liberia, Togo Combined XI

 

Liberia, Togo Combined XI

By Wleh Bedell

It is expected to be an epic fixture when the Lone Star of Liberia, Group One Leaders, engage Third placers Togo's Sparrow Hawks in a match week five classic of the Gabon 2017 African Cup of nations qualifier.

Since August 10, 1975, when both sides first met in Togo with the hosts winning 1-0, both sides have met 16 times with Togo having the edge on the head to head record, winning nine, losing four and drawing three.

Both sides are however in a must win duel on this Sunday June 5, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) with Togo under new Coach Frenchman Claude Le Roy who has being perambulating the continent for the past 29 years meeting his opposite number James Debbah, a player he reportedly played a key role upon in leaving Belgian club Anderlecht for French outfit Paris Saint Germain. Interestingly, It was Le Roy who recommended the legendary George Weah to his friend Arsene Wenger then Coach of AS Monaco where Weah made his European debut.

With Emmanuel Adebayor recalled for Togo, Liberia's talisman finisher William Jebor who is on record of being the only Liberian to score on Togolese soil as far as matches involving both sides are concerned, and is now the joint second goal scorer in the qualifiers with four goals, is expected to form a potent partnership with the lethal finisher Francis Doe in causing harm to the visitors. The sticks are high and it will no doubt be a cracker.

There has being some intriguing fixtures between the West African opponents with several players thriving. George Weah was always the linchpin for the Lone Star, but Debbah's brace against Togo in the semi-final of the Zone-Three Eight Nations tournament before he was injured by the rugged Lawson Plaka still resonates.

Togo too with the then Borusia Mochengladbach front man Bachirou Salou and brother Tadjou Salou in defense were helpful to their country. The eccentric goalkeeper Agass Kossi cannot be left out so too is the over lapping defender Simon Mattor who did the damage to the Togolese in a Third Place match of the Six-NAtions tournament at the SKD.

So, who have made the XI in a 4-2-4 formation is what is indicated below as the build up to the crunch fixture begins.
Note That Togo has six players, one more than Liberia.
Liberia, Togo Combined XI
Goalkeeper
Agassa Kossi (Togo)

BACK FOUR
Eric Akoto (Togo)
Washington Blay (Liberia)
Tadjou Salou (Togo)
Simon Mattor (Liberia)

Midfield Pair
Yao Aziawonou (Togo)
Joe Nagbe (Liberia)

Front quartet
George Weah (Liberia)
Bachirou Salou (Togo)
James Debbah (Liberia)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)

 
Published in Lonestar News
Friday, 27 May 2016 04:58

Jebor doubtful for Togo !

 

Jebor doubtful for Togo !

 

By Sylvester Worwee

With less than 10 days to Lone Star crunch 2017 Africa Cup of Nations match with the Sparrow Hawks of Togo, Focus Sport has gathered that Liberia international William Jebor will not show up for the June 5 match slated for the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

The Sociedad Deportiva Ponferradina striker on loan from Rio Ave announced on facebook at exactly 1:15 pm yesterday, that he will not be coming for Liberia game against Togo, citing lack of respect.

He extended his heartfelt apology to his family, fans, the team, Lone Star coaching staff and the Liberian people and pleaded with them not to judge his decision for staying away from June 5 crucial match without understanding his reason.

He also remaindered his family and well-wishers that he will always love them with the love of God. “It’s just too much mehn!!!!! NO RESPECT!!, Jebor complained.

He continues: “Even if you always silent and no in anyone business. Sorry to my great friends the team and wonderful coaching staff n to the Liberian people, fans and family.

I will not be coming for the next game against Togo. But please don’t judge my choices without understanding my reasons. I will always love you with the love of God.” See Jebor’s Facebook post below:

 
Published in Lonestar News

Controversial Egyptian referee to whistle Liberia vs Togo match

BY Sylvester Worwee

 

CAF has appointed controversial referee Gehad Grisha for Liberia's crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Togo on June 5.

The Egyptian center referee was sent home by CAF after he awarded Zambia a dubious penalty against Nigeria at the South Africa 2013 Cup of Nations.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) subsequently dispatched a strongly-warded protest to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF has ostensibly ruled in favour of the NFF and Grisha was sent home from the Afcon.

An official of CAF confirmed the ruling , stating “He (Grsha) has been sent home. He will have no further action at this Nations Cup. His decisions did not tally with best practices of the refereeing profession and we would not allow anyone to start re-writing the rules of the game here,” said the official.

A top CAF official was also quoted as saying; the referee committee was totally dissatisfied with Ghead's mishandling of the match and as a result suspended the Egyptian from the 2013 nation’s cup.

Published in Lonestar News
 

Togo names 21-man squad for Liberia Mission

By Sylvester Worwee

 

Togo national team coach Claude Leroy has called up 21 players for the 2017 Afcon Group A qualifier against Liberia slated for the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on June 5.

Leroy's men will play an international friendly with Zambia in Lome on May 27 before flying to Monrovia for the decisive match.

The squad, which is dominated by oversea-based players, also includes an unattached player Prince Segbefia.
The box-to-box midfielder made 22 appearances for Turkey second tier club Elazığspor last season.

Key players in the Togolese squad are Emmanuel Adebayor – attacker of English Premiership club Crystal, Serge Gakpe – also an attacker plays for Italy Serie A club Atalanta. The former AS Monaco player is currently on loan to Genoa.

Others are Floyd Ayité, midfielder for French Ligue 1 club, Bastia and Serge Akakpo who plays in defense for Trabzonspor in the Turkish top flight.

The Sparrow Hawks need to avoid defeat in Monrovia on June 5, if they are to keep their qualification berth for Gabon alive.

Togo sits third in Group A but leveled with Tunisia on seven points, that’s two points at drift of table topper Liberia, seated on nine points.

The Frenchman last group match is at home to Djibouti-without a point after four rounds of matches on the weekend of September 2-3.

Only the top team in each group and the two best second-placed teams will be guaranteed a place in the final to be staged in Gabon from 14 January to February 5, 2017.

Goalkeepers:
Kossi Agassa (Reims, France)
Cédric Mensah (Colmar, France)
Baba Tchagouni (FC Marmande, France)

Defenders:
Serge Akakpo (Trabzonspor, Turkey)
Gafar Mamah (Dacia, Moldavia)
Kokou Donou (Rangers, Nigeria)
Joseph Douhadji (Rivers, Nigeria)
Sadate Ouro-Akoriko (Al Faysaly, Saudi Arabia)
Djene Dakonam (Alcorcon, Spain)

Midfielders:
Prince Segbefia (sans club)
Alaixys Romao (OM, France)
Henritsè Eninful (Doxa, Cyprus)
Dove Wome (SuperSport, South Africa)
Kossivi Nouwoklo (ASEC, Ivory Coast)
Floyd Ayité (Bastia, France)
Lalawele Atakora (Helsingborgs, Sweden)
Mathieu Dossevi (Standard Liège, Belgium)

Attackers:
Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace, England)
Camaldine Abraw (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Jonathan Ayité (Alanyaspor, Turkey)
Serge Gakpe (Atalanta Bergame, Italy)

 
Published in Lonestar News
 

Omega,Dulee, Wleh out of Debbah’s 24-man squad

By Boy Dolo


The defender has again been left out of Coach James Debbah’s squad as the Country prepares to battle Togo on June 5, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Central Monrovia.

Liberia only recognized Europe based center defender Omega Roberts has been excluded from the Lone Star team for the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nation qualifier against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo next month.

Roberts made the team for the two-legged tie with Djibouti recently, but will give way for Patrick Gerhardt who is currently unattached after he was sacked by Malaysian Super League side Sarawak FA earlier this season.

The former Gedi & Sons defender who plays in Serbia for FK Donji Srem operates well as a marking- defender and many had thought he could have been included to take on the lanky Togo’s captain Emmanuel Adebayor as he did against Angola’s Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves alias Manucho in the 2012 Nations Cup qualifier at the ATS, the match finished nail-nail.

Roberts, 6ft, 3inches could match the Crystal Palace striker who is of the same height. Adebayor scored a late winner against Liberia in the first leg last year, using his loftiness to overpower the Liberian defense.

Also dropped from the team is Midfielder Dulee Johnson who currently plays in the Norwegian top flight for Molde FK. Johnson who has got over 25 caps for Liberia was also in the squad that defeated Djibouti back to back.

Also excluded from the squad is former LISCR FC striker Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh who plies his trade in Malaysia for Selangor.Wleh has been a regular under Debbah, but failed to perform in the last four matches played by the country.

He fumbled against Ivory Coast in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup preliminaries in Monrovia and was dismal against minus Djibouti.

The rest of the players out of the squad are Melvin George of Myanmar and Marcus Macaulay of Jordan who were members of the previous list.

Meanwhile Debbah has included former CSK Moscow attacker Sekou Jabateh Oliseh. The 25-year old struggled for club after his contract with the Russian Club expired in 2015, going eight months without a club.

He signed a four-month contract with Romania Champions Astra Giurgiu in March of his year and this has led to his call even though he did play a single match for the Champions.

Jabateh has been one of the regular stars in the team, since making his debut against Zimbabwe in 2010.

Also returning is Francis Forkey Doe who has been out since Liberia played Guinea-Bissau in the 2018 World Cup preliminaries in Monrovia as well as Tonia Tisdell, Mulbah Urey, and Patrick Gerhardt.

Liberia is topping group ‘A’ with nine points, while Tunisia and Togo follow with seven points each.

Below is the list of players invited Coach Debbah
Goal keepers:
Tommy Songo – (LISCR, Liberia)
Mulbah Urey – (Barrack Young Controllers)
Gallay James – (Watanga FC, Liberia)
Defenders:
Solomon Grimes –(Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus)
Trokon Zeon – (LPRC Oilers, Liberia)
Gizzie Dorbor – (Hapoel Afula, Israel)
Hilton Varney – (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia)
Teah Dennis – (Al- Ahli, Jordan)
Dirkir Glay – (Persiba Balikpapan)

Alvin Macconough – ( Barrack Young Controllers)
Midfielders:
Theo Weeks – ( ErmisAradippou, Cyprus)
Patrick Nyema Gehardt – (unattached)
Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe – (Felda United)
Anthony Laffor - (MamelodiSundowns, South Africa)
Zah Krangar - (FELDA United, Malaysia)
Alseny Keita - (Jeanne d’Arc de Drancy, France)
Dioh Williams - (Gefle IF, Sweden)
Kpah Sherman (Santos FC Cape Town, South Africa)
Dauda Bortu – (Norway)
Tonia Tisdell- (Karsiyaka / Karabükspor, Turkey)
Forward:
Sekou Jabateh Oliseh - Astra Giurgiu, Romania
William Jebor -(SD Ponferradina, Spain)
Sam Johnson – (Djurgårdens, Sweden)
Sekou Conneh - (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA)

 
Published in Lonestar News
 

Coach Debbah Calls 24 Players For Togo Clash
- Sekou Jabateh, ‘Grandpa Doe’ Included

By Roland Mulbah


Liberia’s Lone Star head coach, James Salinsa Debbah has called 24 players for Liberia’s crucial clash with the Sparrow Hawks of Togo slated for June 5, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Former CSKA Moscow winger, Sekou Jabateh Oliseh, who recently won the Romanian championship with topflight outfit Astra Giurgiu and Malaysian Super League leading goal scorer of the moment, Francis ‘Grandpa’ Forkey Doe of Felda United are Included in the squad.

Youngster Dauda Bortu of Norway, who made his senor national team debut against Djibouti in March of this year is maintaining his position on the list, while Tonia Tisdell of Turkey, who last played for the Lone Star in a 3-0 away defeat to the Elephants of Ivory Coast and Patrick Nyema Gehardt, who is said to be in search of a new club after leaving Malaysia are making his return to the national team.
Dulee Johnson of Norway, Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh of Malaysia, Omega Roberts of Serbia, Melvin George of Myanmar and Marcus Marcauley of Jordan who were members of the previous list are all dropped.

As for the local players, Barrack Young Controller (BYC) of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division dominates the six local players list with Hilton Varney and Alvin Macconough maintaining their places on the list, while FC Fassell goalkeeper Sampson Giddings is dropped for BYC goalkeeper Mulbah Urey who is making his return after a protracted period on the sideline.

The remaining local players are Lone Star number one goalkeeper Tommy Songo of LISCR FC, Ma Watta Watanga Goalkeeper Gallay James and LPRC Oilers defender Trokon Zeon complete the local players list.
There are 18 foreign based and six local players making the total of 24 players for the crunch duel against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo.

An insider of the LFA hinted this paper that invitations for the foreign based players have been sent to their respective clubs and they will start arriving at the end of May for the do or die battle on June 5.
Liberia needs to collect the maximum three points against Togo to stand a chance of qualifying to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Liberia is topping group ‘A’ with nine points, while Tunisia and Togo follow with seven points each.
Below are the 24 players For Togo Clash

Goal keepers:
Tommy Songo – (LISCR, Liberia)
Mulbah Urey – (Barrack Young Controllers)
Gallay James – (Watanga FC, Liberia)

Defenders:
Solomon Grimes –(Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus)
Trokon Zeon – (LPRC Oilers, Liberia)
Gizzie Dorbor – (Hapoel Afula, Israel)
Hilton Varney – (Barrack Young Controllers, Liberia)
Teah Dennis – (Al- Ahli, Jordan)
Dirkir Glay – ( Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa)
Alvin Macconough – ( Barrack Young Controllers)

Midfielders:
Theo Weeks – ( ErmisAradippou, Cyprus)
Patrick Nyema Gehardt – (unattached)
Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe – (Felda United)
Anthony Laffor - (MamelodiSundowns, South Africa)
Zah Krangar - (FELDA United, Malaysia)
Alseny Keita - (Jeanne d’Arc de Drancy, France)
Dioh Williams - (Gefle IF, Sweden)
Kpah Sherman (Santos FC Cape Town, South Africa)
Dauda Bortu – (Norway)
Tonia Tisdell- (Karsiyaka / Karabükspor, Turkey)

Forward:
Sekou Jabateh Oliseh - Astra Giurgiu, Romania
William Jebor -(SD Ponferradina, Spain)
Sam Johnson – (Djurgårdens, Sweden)
Sekou Conneh - (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA)

 

 
Published in Lonestar News
Thursday, 19 May 2016 22:59

Debbahs List

Monrovia-With the game that will determine Debbah’s legacy as the head coach of Liberia’s Sr national Football team the Lonestars coming up on June 4th, Liberiansoccer.com has learned from Reliable sources the listing of players to defend Liberia’s famed Antoinette Tubman Stadium against Togo.

Debbah has called Debutant Emile Damey who plays for  Nunawading City Football Club in Austrulia.

Damey, 22, got the call from Liberian national coach James Debbah in late April telling him he’d been selected as part of the team which will face Togo in the penultimate Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on June 4.

“It was a shock in that this will be the first time I’ve been called up to a national team, but I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the past few years so it wasn’t a shock in that sense,” Damey said.|

“This is a really big moment for me and my family — my mum has always wanted me to play for Liberia.”

Damey was born in Guinea to Liberian parents who had fled the war-torn country

The Full Listing Is Below


Gaol 
Tommy Sango
Gallay James
Mulbah Urey

Right
Solomon Grimes
Trokon Zeon

Gessie Dobur
Hilton Varney
Teah Dinnes Jr
Dikir Glay
Alvin MaCconugh
Theo Weeks
Patrick Nyema Gerhardt

Zah Kringar
Anthony Laffor
Kpah Sherman
Dioh Williams
Sam Johnson
Sekou Jabatteh
Alseny Keita
Tonia Tisdale

Dauda Bortu ( Norway)
William Jerbo

Emile Damey ( Australia )


Francis Doe
Seku Konneh

 

 

Published in Lonestar News
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 22:42

Nimba United Appoints Foreign Coach

Nimba United Appoints Foreign Coach
 
By Sylvester Worwee

 

The Mountaineers have confirmed former Indomitable Lion deputy coach Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso, will become their new head coach following the completion of formal modalities.

The Cameroon coach is already in the country.

Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso will be replacing Kollie Korvy who guided the Nimba County fans based club to it first ever championship crown last season, as head.

Nimba United’s President and Chief Executive Officer Saye-Taayor Adolphus Dolo said the arrival of the former Cameroonians national team coach is meant to beef up the technical department of the reigning champion of Liberian football.

According to Mr. Dolo, Ndoumbe Bosso and Enone Essome Gilles, who is also a Cameroonian technician will work with the Mountaineers current coaching staff to build-up the players’ capacity and enhance the club overall performance.

Nimba United boss further averred that the two technicians will also share their expertise with other Liberian coaches while in the country. He made the statement when he appeared on Farbric 101 FM sports program, the ‘Weekend Sports’.

Nimba United new head coach said he’s delighted to be in Liberia and extended his appreciation to the Mountaineers family for providing him the opportunity.

Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso who previously coached at Union Sportive de Douala, Avenir FC douala and Sable de Batie returned to Cameroon from Equatorial Guinea in 2015, to lead Panther of Nde in its African campaign.

After Panther early elimination in 2013 in 16th final of the CAF Cup by USMA of Algiers, the club hired the services of the former Indomitable Lion Deputy Coach to raise the belt to at least reach the quarterfinals of the continent second prestigious clubs’ competition.

Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso holds a Caf ‘A’ Coaching Certificate and Uefa License ‘B’ from Hennef, Germany.

His compatriot Enone Essome Gilles is a Caf License “B” and B1 License holder.

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