With the arrival of more and more international players, the training session for the Lone Star’s “Do or Die” encounter with visiting side Cape Verde on Sunday appears to be gaining more momentum.
Three overseas players-Bens Teekloh of Astra Ploiesti in Romania, Tonia Tisdell of Turkish 1st Division champion Mersin Idman Yurdu FC and David Gbemie arrived late last week as part of efforts to strengthen the team.
Skipper Anthony Laffor and goalkeeper Lewis Crayton of NSC Minnesota Star from the USA earlier arrived and are currently training alongside the team which featured in the just-ended WAFU nations’ Cup in Nigeria.
The head coach of the Lone Star arrived in the country last Wednesday and took over from deputy coach Kelvin Sebwe. Roberto Landi has urged Liberians to support the team during the training to build the players’ level of maturity.
Other players expected to join the training sessions today are Russian- based Sekou Jabateh of CSKA Moscow, right back Solomon Grimes, defender Patrick Gerhardt from Bosnia and Francis Doe of Al Ahly-all charged with the responsibility to deliver the three points on Sunday for the country at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Asian contingent headed by James Debbah is due in the country on Tuesday night. Oliver Makor, James Debbah and Zah Krangar are the three players from Indonesia on Landi’s list. Home-based former players already recalled are Joe Nagbe and Murphy Nagbe, Dionysus Sebwe and Solomon Wisseh
Wilfred, Others Still Aiming High in Sweden
Liberian international striker Anthony Allison, playing for Swedish side Sundsvall IFK is harboring high expectation of winning the golden boost. Though Allison and defender midfielder Arnold Kennedy were in action on Saturday for their club Sundsvall IFK, they were beaten 2-4 away to Robertsfors IK.
The Liberian forward netted one of the club’s two goals in the 65th minute of the game, increasing his goals to eight from six matches. In the 2nd Division, Victor Carr’s club Harnosnad FF settled to a 2-2 home draw with Skelleftea FF. The result keeps them 9th on the table with six points.
In the top flight, Amadaiya Rennie of GAIS FC sealed three points from fellow Liberian Dioh Williams’ club Hacken BK with a 1-0 success on Thursday. The club’s lone goal was netted by striker Martensson.
Sports Ministry Wants Theme Song for County Meet
Another value will be added to this year’s National County Sports Meet. The Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced the production of a theme song for the event. According to Assistant Minister for Sports Murvee Gray, the ministry is anticipating the full participation of Liberian artists in the process.
“All we need is music with a time length of three to five minutes, as well as the message of peace, Unity and Harmony,” Minister Gray noted. He said three compositions will be selected from among the entries for analysis to determine the best, saying that the winner would walk away with 500USD.
He said, the music will be used before, at break and after matches at any of the playing venues across Liberia.