LISCR FC Smells Championship
The Antoinette Tubman Stadium is expected to host thousands of soccer fans on Sunday September 20, 2015 when league favorite LISCR FC takes on Nimba United in the grand final of the 2015 Liberia Football Association championship.
Already, news of the match has spread like wide fire with people coming in from Nimba, Bong and the rest of the counties to watch this all important encounter. The last time the two teams met, the match ended two all in the Coca cola tournament.
LISCR FC die hard fans Lester Morris, Melvin Gobah and Queengirl Johnson are mobilizing fan clubs members and will lead the cheering squad for Sundays’ encounter. Speaking from the team’s camp, fast improving Sam Jadoe says the return of the championship to LISCR is long overdue and is confident that fans and supporter of the club will have a trophy to celebrate with.
The players who are in joyous mood already are calling for a massive turn out from fans, supporter and former players of the club.” Christopher Jackson will make us happy one fan said”. LISCR qualified for the grand final after topping her group with 24 points. “We Smell Championship” the playing squad shouted.
LIBERIA’S LONE STAR FORMER CAPTAIN AMONG TOP EARNERS IN SOUTH AFRICAN LEAGUE
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Monrovia - According to soccerladuma.co.za, Snorti Laffor is fifth on the elite list, earning somewhere in the region of US$25,836 (R350, 000). Laffor missed Sundowns’ 2-1 lost away to Golden Arrows on Saturday following a calf injury he picked-up during the 1-0 win over Tunisia in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on September 5.
Laffor’s teammate, Teko Modise and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala earn about US$22,145 (R300,000) to US$33,218 (R450,000) a month. Other players earning similar figures a month include Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and Sundowns stars and Elias Pelembe. The figures exclude the endorsements that the players earn. It is only recently that PSL clubs have been paying such high salaries.
A few years ago, it was unimaginable for a PSL player to be earning so much. Three years ago, former Arsenal and West Ham star Luis Boa Morte joined defending champions Orlando Pirates. It was reported that Boa Morte would earn close to half a million Rand a month. Former Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy also returned to South Africa two years ago and signed for Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and was reported to be earning R450, 000 a month.
While their wages seem staggering, South African footballers earn peanuts compared to their overseas counterparts. The world’s highest paid footballer, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo earns about US$19,635,588 (R266 million) a year from Real Madrid. This means Ronaldo earns about US$1,623,996 (R22 million) a month, US$369,090 (R5 million) a week, US$54,256 (R735, 000) a day, US$2,878 (R39, 000) an hour and US$46.210 (R626) a minute. The Portugal captain 10-day wage is what the highest-paid players in South African earn in a year.
His monthly salary is three times the amount that the highest-paid footballers in South Africa earn in a year and his annual salary is 39 times more than what they earn annually. Also, the record transfer fee in PSL history for an internal transfer is US$664,362 (R9, 000,000), a figure that Ronaldo makes in a little less than two weeks. Other footballers who earn similar salaries to Ronaldo include Brazil captain Neymar Junior and Argentina captain Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimović of Paris Saint-Germain.
DRAGONS WIN AND MOVES UP TO THE LFA 1ST DIVISION
By Varflay Kamara, Gbarnga Bong County
Bong County based Mighty Dragons Football Club is now a 1st division team.
The team progressed to the top flight in Liberian Football after defeating Gardnerville FC 1-0 at the Cuttington University Sports pitch in Suakoko on Sunday September 13.
An early six minute terrific head-up from the skipper Jonathan McKay through a corner was enough to give Mighty Dragons all three points.
The first half of the match gave all odds to the home team that played with speed and intensity, knowing fully well that a win for them will advance them to the championship final of the second division.
Bach from break, Mighty Dragons-the match winner lost possessions to Gardnerville FC at 20%-70% according to my own analysis.
The game looked embroil into confusion when Gardnerville FC officials frowned at a straightly red card given to their winger wearing number 13 shirt whose name is withheld.
The visitors took complete control of the second half and dominated proceedings creating five possible goal chances.
Garnerville FC winger James Richardson who was undoubtedly the man of the match came close to scoring in the 75 minute-thanks to Bong County first choice goalkeeper Lincoln Gbendeh.
Despite been down to ten men, the visitors proved too good for the Bong County team till the final whistle.
Mighty Dragons now overtook Gardnerville FC to lead Group B with 16 points followed by the LISCR Fidel team that has 14 points.
The scramble for third place took place Sunday between Holders FC and traditional side Mighty Barrolle in Monrovia where reports had it the it drew 2-2.
It means Holders sit third with 13 points and Mighty Barrolle now fourth with 7 points.
The grand finale for the Liberia Football Association second division championship will be staged at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium between Bong County based Mighty Dragons and Group A leaders ELWA United in not a distance future.
Can Dragons replicate what took place in Kakata, Margibi County with a 3-2 victory over ELWA United in the FA Cup or can ELWA United pull the triggers of reprisal to be crowned Champions of the second division league?
BYC 3peat Halted
By Staff reporter
The back to back champions of the Liberian national Football league 1st division fell to newcomers Nimba United 1-0 in an exciting match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia yesterday.
The “ Go Blues” on the threshold of history wasted many chances and dominated the first 70 minutes of the match.
No team has ever won three 1st Division Championships in a row in the history of the LFA.
BYC was considered to be the most organized and experienced club in the LFA 1st division had a chance to make history.
That chance was snatch away by Nimba Untied, a club that gained promotion to the top flight this season.
With BYC going down to Nimba United 1-0 makes Nimba United winner Group B on 19 point and will face LISCR FC in the LFA Playoff final to decide the champion of the season.
Controversial Referee Suspended
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
Information filtering in from quarters of the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) has it that Fifa-badged referee, Isaac Montgomery, has been suspended.
The controversial referee was suspended by the Referee Standing Committee at the Liberia Football Association. He has been suspended for a period of three months.
Montgomery has been termed “Controversial” by fans due to the numerous red cards issued in League matches.
Montgomery action was recently proven when eight players were suspended for three matches each due to indiscipline action.
The two-time “Best Referee” award winner suspension came as a result of his “gross in subordination” to members of the Referee Standing Committee, according to a LIFRA communication.
Information has it that the Liberian referee had frowned on adjustment made by the committee basically on match assignment.
According to reports, Ref. Montgomery disliked the manner in which his match assignment – BYC vs Watanga FC was changed by LIFRA and reportedly expressed himself in manner that was viewed as being insubordinate.
Due to that, an investigation was launched by the Referee Standing Committee which he (Montgomery) was uncertified with.
Montgomery who has already received his suspension letter is on an appeal mission to the President of the Local Football House Musa H. Bility and other hierarchies at LIFRA for an intervention.
It is yet uncertain as to whether the Fifa-badge referee will be a part of the International Elite referee course for Member Associations that is slated for August 31.