The adage,“ using old mat to plat the a new one” is something many in administrative positions under-estimate.
When veteran Liberian soccer technician Josiah N. Johnson once emphasized the urgent need for Musa Bility and his LFA to infuse a few experienced players into the senior Liberia National soccer team, the Lone Star, the idea was out rightly rejected on grounds that they ( the FA) were building a new team.
Considering the dismal performances of all of the national teams in international matches since its inception, the current LFA administration may now be reconsidering its previous decision to reject the advice of ‘JNJ’.
Surely, Musa and others at the FA may be regretting their initial decision not to infuse a few ‘old’ players into the national teams, most especially the senior Lone Star soccer team.
Acting Lone star Coach, Roberto Landi, may not be giving credence to the error as evidenced by his last international encounter with Cape Verde in the ongoing qualifying series of the Africa Cup of nations while deputizing for Hungarian Coach Bertalan Bicskei. His first assignment, featuring local players as preferred by the FA, ended 4 goals to 2 in favor of Cape Verde.
With what he has seen now, the Italian has stretched out his listing to include a few legs that made Lone Star’s image brilliant before the 2003 war under the FA administration of Edwin M. Snowe and Izetta Wesley.
Lone Star’s 2002 Africa Cup of Nations left footer George Gebro has been recalled to the team’s training camp in Monrovia. Viewing from the stands, Libmyturn.com observed George Gebro providing instructions to upcoming defenders of the team during training sessions.
“Coming back to the national team is a blessing for our country; although our qualification is in doubt, we can start the building process now for other qualifiers,” Gebro explained.
Speaking about the inclusion of others, Gebro said, “I will talk to the FA about including the legs of Oliver Makor, Murphy Nagbe, Jimmy Dixon, Lewis Crayon and a few others. Replacing national team players requires stages; you bring in young players during test matches and get them adjusted to the team before official matches”.
Meanwhile, Isaac Pupo of Greek club, Panionios has surfaced in Liberia, while the Greek league is still running. Continue to read the New Dawn for details about his presence in Liberia.