Head coach James Debbah said the midfielder remains an integral part of his plan and clarified that the decision not to use Sekou Jabateh against Tunisia on Saturday was tactical.
The former CSKA Moscow right winger was one of the unused substitutes in Liberia 1-nil win over Tunisia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Central Monrovia at the weekend.
In a post-match interview, Coach Debbah confirmed that the decision to use local-based Oscar Murphy Dolley ahead of the man once forecast as the next “ Liberian soccer king” was in the interest of the team and was not in any way intended to humiliate the player.
Jabateh was made to go jogging, just for Debbah to select the promising Dolley ahead of him for tiring Zah Krangar to the dismay of his many supporters.
“Sekou remains an important player in my plan. We could not use him based on tactical reason. That does not mean, he’s out, he is a very good player, but for this match we could not just use him. Sekou understood the change, it was in the interest of the team, Debbah added.
Jabateh is still in search of contract after his expected move to Qatar caved in lately.
The 25-year old was said to have joined Qatari Club Al Gharafa, but the Club Secretary General Jassim Al Mansouri confirmed later that negotiations with the midfielder did not materialize.
The Liberian in search of contract reportedly signed up as a Syrian professional player upon arrival in Doha, the Qatari Capital to complete the deal.
The player has been in search of new club since he was uploaded by one of the World’s best football Clubs, CSKA Moscow in June of this year.
There were reports in the media recently that Jabateh was in route to Turkey to pen a lucrative deal.
He was also thought to have caught the attention of an unmanned Spanish LIGA Club.