By Boy Dolo
Former Manchester City attacker Alex Nimely and Spain-based Boison Wynney de Souza will have to wait to make their international debuts, after they were left on the bench in Liberia 1-nil defeat to Kenya on Tuesday at the MISC Kasarani at 4pm EAT.
Both men were expected to feature in James Debbah’s locally dominant squad, but only watched the match from the bench.
Nimely, who plies his trade with Romanian Club Viitorul Constanța turned down several invitations to feature for Liberia and soccer pundits believe that may have been a pay-back.
Brazilian-born Spain-based de Souza was impressive in training, but Debbah maintained Tommy Songo in goal as the LISCR FC goal custodian was the man of the match for the visitors.
De Souza, born December 27, 1996, in Spain, currently plays for the Spanish fourth tier club CE Europa FC.
The 19-year-old, who serves as CE Europa’s first choice goalkeeper, was prior to the match considered the solution to Liberia goalkeeping problem, as he has been a regular in the goal for several Spanish clubs.
Meanwhile a Paul Were’s 51st minute strike ensured the Harambee Stars maintained their unbeaten run against the Lone Stars
Prior to the match, both countries met two times with Harambee Stars emerging victorious on both occasions.
Their only two meetings were during World Cup qualifiers in 1989 where Kenya won 1-0 on aggregate. The teams drew 0-0 in January in Monrovia before Stars won 1-0 at home on 12 August, 1989
Liberia had the first chance at goal through Mamelodi Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor whose shot from a tight angle was picked by Boniface Oluoch.
But the hosts reacted swiftly with numerous of chances, but Tommy Songo outstanding performance saw the first 45 minutes finishing nil-nil.
The Kenyan took the lead six minutes after recess with the Greece based winger (Were) beating the offside trap before rounding Songo to break the deadlock.
Laffor had a good chance to restore parity on the 71st minute when put through but blasted wide in a one against one situation.
LISCR FC defensive midfielder Saah Nyumah and Murphy Oscar Dolley were impressive in midfield agaisnt Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama. Both William Jerbo and Joel Johnson did not make the trip due to unexplained reasons
Liberia Line up
Liberia Starting XI: 16. Tommy Songo (GK), 18. Anthony Laffor, 19. Karleo Anderson, 21. Hilton Varney (6. Carlos Wlliams 86’), 3. Prince Jetoh, 13. Dominic Doe (5. Kemoh Kamara 59’), 7. Saah Nyumah, 8. Sporo Somah (10. Fallah Sheriff 54’), 14. Murphy Dorley (22. David Tweh 76’), 15. Mark Paye, 20. Van Dave Harmon (17. Terrence Tsidell 68’)
Unused subs: 23.Boison Deosouza, 11. Alex Nimely,