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Liberia’s Pro Patrick Doeplah is Dead

Liberia’s midfielder who plies his trade is Israel is dead. Doeplah who returned to Liberia Monday for Liberia’s 2012 African Cup Nations qualifier match against Cape Verde later this month, went to bed last night and didn’t wake up his morning.

Details to follow.

Alex Nimo Selects Liberia

A Liberian-born attacker, Alex Nimo who capped for America at the Under-17 FIFA world cup in 2006 and appeared in the American Under-20 soccer team, has decided to play for Liberia. Nimo played for the American Major League soccer club Real Salt Lake during the 2010 season.

The striker arrived at Lone Star training camp on his birthday, March 21, 2011 during their early morning training session to join his fellow players in preparing for an away win to the West African State of Cape Verde. Alex moved with his parents, Tommy and Maima Nimo, to a refugee camp in Ghana as an infant.

There, he spent most of the first nine years of his life, as the family escaped from the First Liberian Civil War. Nimo and his family were granted asylum as political refugees and moved to Oregon with the assistance of the Catholic Ministries. In Oregon, he was discovered by the late University of Portland soccer coach, Clive Charles and placed in FC Portland.

In 2003, Nimo was chosen for the player pool of the under-14 U.S. national team. The 5” 5’ (1.65 m) midfielder attended Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, and was a two time all-state forward. He was considered one of the best players to ever come out of Oregon. He was named a Parade All-American, and all-state at Benson. Nimo received his U.S. citizenship in November 2006.

In 2007, he joined the U.S. Residency camp located in Bradenton, Florida, and played for the U-17 national team. In 2006, Nimo was called up to the United State U-17 Men’s national soccer team as it entered its qualification campaign for the 2007 FIFIA U-17 World Cup.  He then played all four U.S. games at the World Cup, as the U.S. went to the Round of 16 before being eliminated by Germany.

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In 2008, he became a regular with the United State U-20 Men’s soccer team. In the 2008, MLS Super Draft, Nimo—who had already been signed by the league to a Generation Adidas contract worth US$45,000 per year—was selected 17th overall by Real Salt Lake.

He scored his first goal for the team on July 9, 2008, in an exhibition game against Santos Laguna, but would not see any league appearances during the season. Shortly before the opening of the2009 season, in March, the club announced that Nimo would be loaned out to the Portland Timber of the USL 1st Division.

He was loaned to the Timbers again for the 2010 season. It was announced on November 18, 2010 that Nimo would graduated from the MLS Generation Adidas program at the end of the 2010 season.

LVF on High School Volleyball

A 21-man delegation of the Liberia Volleyball Federation has returned to the country flowing a nine-day visit to Nigeria. The trip was sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, through the government of Liberia.

Speaking to the New Dawn on Monday morning, the head of the delegation and President of the LVF, Moffie Kanneh, said the federation was in Nigeria to participate in an Olympic event. Mr. Kanneh noted that during the tournament, Liberia came third in her group, making it impossible to secure a slot for the All-African Games later this year.

He said the federation will focus on building a new generation of players, emphasizing that the development of the new players is part of a three-year project from the International Federation of Volleyball to introduce High School volleyball.

The federation will also empower High School coaches during the project, he said. He noted that recruited players will be used by the federation for the national team so that Liberia can have a representation at the 2015 Olympics.

Athletic Federation Recruits

The Liberia Athletic Federation has selected thirty athletes from two national tournaments, the High School Track and Field Tournament held last year and the National County Sports Meet. Fifteen runners from the thirty selected will represent Liberia at the Economics Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Youth championship in Mali next month.

Speaking to the New Dawn yesterday, Christopher Sayee said, the federation was unable to perform the open time tryout due to the current engagement of the SKD track.

“We had a discussion and came to a conclusion to list up the best runners during the High School Tournament and the County Meet,” Sayee noted. The runners will use the next weeks to showcase their speed and techniques to earn a slot for Liberia.

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