By Boy Dolo
The youthful goalie made his international debut earlier this year featuring for the Liberia Under- 20 team and is now best suited to fly the country’s flag at the senior level.
Nimba United number one goalie Emmanuel Deanneh is among the best cream of local players invited by James Debbah to train ahead of the Lone Star of Liberia friendly engagement with the Harambee Star of Kenya.
He is the only United’s player among the over 30 local base invited by Head Coach James Debbah who returned from London at the weekend.
Most of the club’s key players have left the country for greener pasture.
The game is scheduled to take place on 15th November 2o016 at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi.
Deanneh stood in goal when the National U-20 team of Liberia failed to reach the second round of qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Under-20 Championship as they lost 2-0 to Guinea in Monrovia and drew 1-1 in Conakry.
After that campaign, the youthful goalkeeper expressed optimism that the future still looks bright for him, and it appears his optimism is yielding to reality.
In recent time, Liberia has encountered goalkeeper problem and pundits have already endorsed the lad to guide the goal when Debbah’s men face the Harambee Star later this month.
His only known competitor would be Alhpa Jallon of Barrack Young Controller B-team.
Tommy Songo and James Galley as well as Saydee Swen were prophesized to replace retired Nathaniel Sherman, but all have not live up to the expectations.
Signed from Third Division Club White Tiger in 2014, 18-year-old Deanneh has proven himself as one of the best goalkeepers on the local scene.
He broke through the United’s rank, establishing himself as a first choice in the squad in his first season.
The lad has a great height, timing and knows position. He also made strong reflexes, has a big frame, and is a level headed temperament goalkeeper.
He definitely has all the right attributes to become a world class goalkeeper.
Some of the key invitees are: Sunnyboy Dolo and Terrance Tisdel of FC Fassell, Christopher Jackson of LISCR FC, Mark, Paye, Ketu Jerbo , Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, Van Dave Harmon of BYC among others.
About foreign-based players including CAF Champions League winner Anthony Snoti Laffor and Africa Player of the year nominee William Jebor.
Kenya and Liberia have met two times in history.
The two sides last played on August 12, 1989, in the qualification of the Italy 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Kenya defeated the Lonestar 1-0 in Nairobi, after a previous match that ended in a goalless draw in Monrovia on January 22, 1989.
Kenya promised to shoulder local transportation and hotel accommodation as well as processing and paying for entry visas for the 30-member Liberian football delegation.