Oilers, Keitrace FC Un-separated
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
The “Sensational” LPRC Oiler and Keitrace FC remain unseparated as the both sides grip a win after a back-to-back showcase in this year’s Liberia Football Association (LFA) First Division league campaign.
The two self-proclaimed rivals picked up a win in each of the phase to share six points in the 2015-2016 as the Championship chase.
It was the ‘Oil Boys’ who took advantage ahead of the ‘Giant Killers’ with a marvelous win during the first phase of the league.
LPRC Oilers came from a goal down to beat the ‘Giant Killers’ of Keitrace FC 5-3 to seal all three points before the first phase break.
LPRC Oilers collected the first three points out of six between the two but failed to cement the result on Thursday at the ATS, as Marmie Kporto men also came from a goal down to get their own share of the points.
It was Substitute, Amadia Kawah, Abdulai Bility and Solomon Wesseh own goal scored that secured the ‘Giant Killers’ a vital 3-2 win to move them three places up on 13 points after 12 matches.
Trokon Zeon 35 yard strike beat out-of-place Vivion Sie to send the Sensational Boys ahead in the 6th minute.
The goal is the defenders’ first for the ‘Oil Boys’ for the league season.
Upon introduction, Oilers goal custodian, Mohammed Kanu saved on Kawah’s first attempt halted Keitrace’s chance to equalize in the 17th minute.
The goalkeeper also made serious brilliant one-on-one saves that could have given more goals for the visitor.
Kawah again lighted a 90 degree thunder in the 33rd minute to set an equalizer for his side. The ball beat the Oilers goalkeeper at the first pole before the net held it for a goal.
The goal was Kawah’s fifth for the league season.
The ‘Giant Killer’ scored four minutes later through mid-fielder Abdulai Bility who converted Emmanuel Dee seesaw strike that was rebounded by the Sierra Leonean.
Keitrace increased the tally to 3-1 after LPRC’s Solomon Wesseh own goal in the 89th minute sent Marmie Kporto celebrating, but Teku Nah in the match added time pull back a consolation for Oilers to end the day 3-2.
LPRC Oilers remains fourth in the league table on 13 points, 11 points adrift leader Barrack Young Controller, while Keitrace sits directly beneath them with tie point but difference in goal.
In the day’s first encounter, Logan Town-based, Small Town came from a goal down to beat Mighty Barrolle 2-1, a reciprocal of the first phase which was in favor of the traditional side.
Small Town got the curtain raiser in the 17th ] minute after Mulbah Kollie before Barrolle’s Sam Tisdell from a penalty spot hit into net, Emmanuel Biomah’s handball punishment.
Kollie back from break sent home the second for the Logan Town out-fit as the ended 2-1 at the ATS.
The loss has retained Barrolle at the sixth place with 16 points, while Small Town stays above relegation zone with 12 points.
Preview: Nimba United vs. LISCR FC
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
The ‘Mountaineers’ will hope to maintain their unbeaten run at NorthStar Stadium” when they play host to title hopeful, LISCR FC in a second phase encounter, this weekend in Mount Barclay.
The reigning champions, Nimba United, locking horns with the ‘Shipping Boys’ will conclude the back-to-back outing in this year’s league campaign between the two sides.
In order to get the success story, the ‘Mountaineers’ has made several changes in the squad that played LISCR in the last first phase fixture.
With just a match between the sticks for the ‘Mountaineers’ in the first phase, Coach Kollie Korvy will line-up ELWA United former goalkeeper, Edmond Borloh in front Emmanuel Deanneh.
Borloh played the first league match against LPRC Oilers which ended 2-2 at the NorthStar Stadium.
In defense, Coach ‘Mission’ will maintain his four ball stoppers that in the last meetings with, the ‘Shipping Boys’, Mighty Dragon, and NPA Anchors.
The coach will see Edward Dean play from the right back, while Michael Fahnbulleh will restore calm at the left field and Joseph Dennis and Phil Kanwee will pair in the center defense.
There will be changes in the mid-field of Nimba United for the return leg as Barbu Kollie will step down in the defensive role to replace Wilton Ninneh who is out due to a match ban, while Darlington Sowu will be introduced to join Patrick Soingbeh to correct the system.
The front-line will host forceful, Mustapha Lomell, (captain) Titus Cooper and Eratus Wee run from the wings to complete Coach Mission 4-3-3 formation.
Coach Korvy will welcome back his Sierra Leonean lads, Lamine Janneh and Foday Suma who were faced with some administrative problems, as they will start from the bench against LISCR.
Others will include; Emmanuel Deanneh, Franklin Mulbah, Adetu Evanonye, Harris Morris and Jerryson Willie.
The last meeting involving the two teams ended in a 2-2 at the ATS on April 17.
The Mountaineers defeated LISCR on post-match penalties at the same venue on September 27, 2015 to clinch its first ever championship crown.
Saturday’s trip to Mount Barclay will be the ‘Shipping Boy’ first appearance at the NorthStar Stadium, where United is yet to lose a match.
United worse result at the NorthStar Stadium since its opening in 2015 has been a draw game, and only LPRC Oiler has managed to escape with a point from the ‘Slaughter House’ this season.
The other Nimba County fan-based club, Sidina FC will host Jubilee FC in Sinquellie, Nimba County while Mighty Blue Angels welcomes Monrovia Club Breweries at the Unification Town Pitch in an all second division affairs.
James Debbah is calling “ All Hands On Deck” for Togo
By Staff Reporter
The head coach of the Sr Men National Football team announced via his Facebook page “All hands on deck!!! I am going to call-up all our best players...Grandpa Doe included! he has sincerely apologized to his team-mates as well as every member of the technical staff including me,and most importantly, the Liberian people who has facilitated the progress of the National Team(Lone Star)by paying their taxes.”
The Lonestar head coach later posted on his page "(Francis"Grandpa"Doe) I must acknowledged the acceptance from football fans around the country as well as the Pundits for the recalled of Grandpa Doe back to the squad. I believe everyone deserves a second chance,but I hope this time around Mr.Doe and I will be on the same path-to build a discipline and competitive team that will promote the image of the country positively. Upon arrival in Liberia and before he wears the Red,White and Blue jersey Mr.Doe will definitely have to sign a"DISCIPLINE CONTRACT"which will entail that whenever a re-occurrence of lapses in decorum on his part will mean terminal exclusion from the National Team.(The Lone Star)"
This makes it official that Debbah will be calling up Francis grandpa Doe (The Liberiansoccer.com Tebelleh King 2016). For the important game against Togo in June.
Debbah dropped Doe from the team after a series of issues between Doe, Debbah and the Fans. Doe had just scored one of the biggest goals in Liberian history when he notched the game winner against Tunisia.
After the home game that ended 1-1 against Guinea Bissau, Debbah dropped Doe from the squad.
Doe has not been called since then. He missed the 3-0 win in Guinea Bissau, the 3-0 away loss to Ivory Coast and the recent 5-0 home victory against Djibouti in Monrovia.
Liberian international goal machine, Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe, who plies his trade with Felda United in the Malaysian Super League is on fire, scoring 7 goals in 8 games for his club. He already has 2 Golden boots under his belt and looks to be on his way to a 3rd Golden Boots Championship.
Debbah knows that to win against Togo in this very important match we will need to full team.
The partnership of Jerbo and Patrick Wleh has proven to be unsuccessful. Both players have the same style and have not complemented the each other in the attack.
The partnership with a hot Doe and Jerbo will cause a lot of trouble for the Togolese defense.
Debbah is going up against a very experience coach in Claude Le Roy of Togo in Monrovia at the ATS for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier on June 4
With Liberia in the pole position at 9 points and Tunisia tied with Togo on 7 points, makes this the most important game in Liberian football in recent history
A win will leave Liberia at 12 points with Tunisia colleting the 3 points from the point’s donor Djibouti waiting for the last match with 10 points.
Liberia needs to head to Tunisia with the Group A champion on the line. A draw or win to get to the 2017 Nations cup!
Guinea boots Liberia out of 2017 U-20
BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
An 84th minute strike from substitute Fallah Sheriff save Liberia Under-20 from defeat in Conakry, but the LISCR FC winger goal wasn’t enough to keep Liberia in the Zambia 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier as Guinea progressed to the next stage of the competition on a 3-1 aggregate, thanked to the Junior Syli National 2-0 first leg win in Monrovia.
Liberia dreams of playing in its first ever African Youth Championship renamed Under-20 Africa Cup of Nation ended in Conakry yesterday, where Christopher Wleh guided side held the Junior Syli National to a 1-1 draw.
Liberia needed to overturn a two-goal deficit at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry to advance but it was instead the home team that took the lead after 10 minutes through Momo Yansane.
The Guineans started strong by multiplying the pressure on Liberia’s defense that ended up paying with a goal in the 10th minute.
The home team controlled the first half perfectly with Ibrahima Sylla and Momo Yadav suffering the visitors’ backline till the break, but failed to make use of numerous opportunities in front of Emannuel Deanneh’s goal.
However, Liberia emerged the better side in the second stanza and managed to make their pressure tell with the equalizing goal in the 84th minute after Fallah Sheriff found the back of the net.
Coach Wleh’s boys looked more penetrating with offensive actions upon the two teams’ return of the locker room, but without posing any real danger to the Junior Syli that seemed to be complacent after netting an early minute goal to take a 3-0 lead on aggregate.
Liberia continued to threaten the host in search of an equalizer but the Guineans defense held them at bay for the most part of the second half.
Just as the match looked to be heading in favor of the home team, Fallah Sheriff pooped up to score the equalizer six minutes from time to save Liberia from another defeat at the hands of the Guineans.
Togo line up international friendlies
Raymond Domenech is set to come up against Togo a decade after facing the West African country as manager of France at the 2006 World Cup.
Domenech who is now the coach of Brittany and the north-west region will play Togo, coached by his compatriot Claude Le Roy, in Lome on May 22.
Ten years ago in Germany, France beat the Hawks of Togo 2-0 in Cologne to qualify for the 2006 World Cup knockout stages.
The French team captained by Zinedine Zidane made it all the way to the final where they lost to Italy on penalties.
Next month's game in Lome is meant to raise money for a cancer charity.
The Togolese other friendly scheduled with Gabon Panthers on 27 or May 28 has been cancelled by the Gabon Football Federation (FEGAFOOT).
Following considerations put forward by the head coach of the Panthers, the Gabonese Football Federation decided to cancel the scheduled match against Togo in favor of Mauritania, a press statement by the Togolese Football Federation said on Tuesday.
However, the Togolese Football Federation said it intends to find other opponents for the hawks before flying to Monrovia to face Liberia in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier on June 4.
"The TFF took immediate contact with other federations to conclude another friendly for hawks of Togo, before the matchday five with Liberia," the statement from TFF reads.
Meanwhile, Togo new coach, Claude Leroy has contacted Corentin Tolisso to convince him to join the hawks nest ahead of the crunchy qualifier with the Lone Star.
The French technician told l’équipe.fr that the hawks need players of talent and character like Tolisso.
"I'll try to convince him, even though I know that I have little chance" Leroy admitted.
The young midfielder of Togo origin has a great chance with France, having played for the youth team.
"I cannot deny Togo, my family country of origin, but I was born and I grew up in France" the Olympique Lyonnais player said.
Corentin Tolisso, who was voted by l’équipe as the best French player last season has four goals in 31 appearances with Lyon this season.
The 21-year old is also on the radar of premiership leader, Leicester City for next season. The English club has already qualified for next year European Champions League.
BYC Extend Sarnor contract
By Christopher C Walker
Cooper Sarnor has extended his contract with the current first division league leaders of the Liberia Football Association Barrack Young Controllers.
The former LISCR FC coach joined BYC at the start of the current season and signed a two year contract with the "Go Blue Boys".
According to the management of Barrack Young Controllers the extension of Sarnor contract is base on his good performance since he took over the Club.
under Sarnor leadership BYC has gone undefeated throughout the first phase something that encourage the former Liberian champions to extend his contract.
Cooper who also coach Bong County will now spend three years at the league leaders meaning he signed one additional year with BYC.
Speaking to Sky Sports after his contract extension the young Liberian coach said he's delighted to extend his stay at the "Go Blue Boys".
Cooper Sarnor noted that his goal is to win at least a trophy in his first year at the club.
Big ‘Pella’ Dashes Hope in Title Chase
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
LISCR FC coach, Robert Lartey, alias ‘Coach Pella’ has admitted 'realistically ' that there is no chance for his side in the First Division title chase.
Coach Pella said he will instead turn his focus on the Knockout competition, as the championship is far ahead of LISCR FC.
However, he to end the league amongst the top four finished.
The ‘Shipping Boys’ ended the first phase of the 2015-2016 Liberia Football Association national league in fifth place with 12 points; 12 points behind leader Barrack Young Controller.
He said, seated in fifth position with 12 points is a wide gap between the ‘Shipping Boys’ and the top three (BYC, Nimba United and FC Fassell) who have 24, 21 and 20 points respectively.
Calculating the matches played, Coach Pella divulged that LISCR failed to beat any of its competitors and besides the three games won were all against lower rated clubs.
From the 10 matches played thus far, the ‘Shipping Boys’ recorded three wins, three draws and four defeats with 16 goals for and 12 against.
Mustapha Raji’s men thumped Mighty Dragons 6-0, ELWA United 1-0 and Keitrace FC, the “giant Killer” 2-1 while the “Shipping Boys” collected a point each from NPA Anchors (1-1), Nimba United (2-2)and Watanga FC (2-2).
The remaining matches were not good for the Gradnersville based clubs as they were wiped by LPRC Oilers (1-0), Barrack Young Controller (1-0), Holder FC (1-0) and FC Fassell (3-2).
Precisely; “If LISCR should clinch the championship, they will have to beat the big guns and that is where they are lacking.
“The top teams are far ahead of us, therefore we have to be realistic and just prepare for the second phase and not dream too much,” he said.
He added, “It is frustrating on a most serious note looking at my coaching status, coming to a new club and not yelling results on things I am impacting in these players.”
“I am highly disappointed with my players, because football is for result and LISCR is a very big club and we cannot come and be trailing to our contenders.
“So as the transfer window opens, I and my technical team will go all out to see if we can bring in new cream of players as a beef up to the squad”.
LISCR FC signed the former BYC coach in August 2015 in a two-year deal following days of speculation.
Lartey won almost everything during his time in charge at BYC and led both BYC II and BYC I to historical achievements on the continental stage.
He guided BYC II to the FA Cup crown in 2012 LFA and took the team to the Round of 32 in the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup, having qualified over Sierra Leone's FC Johansen 1-0 on aggregate.
He then led BYC I to back-to-back first division championships in 2013 and 2014.
Lartey also led BYC to the round of 32 in the CAF Champions League after defeating Ghana's Asante Kotoko 1-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in the preliminary round.
The two sides were leveled 2-2 on aggregate but the ‘Go Blue’ qualified on the away goal rule after losing 2-1 in the first leg.
This achievement was only reached by Junior Professionals FC in the 1997 tournament.