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Liberian internationals Zah Krangar of Persipura Jayapura FC and Stephen Mennoh, Persipasi Bekasi were last weekend involved in separate matches in the Indonesians Super Liga.

Zah’s Persipura Jayapura FC is on top of the table but was defeated last Wednesday by Thailand Champion Chonburi FC 3-0 in the Asian Football Cup. The team returned to the local league action on Monday thrashing Persiba FC 3-1 to increase to up their points to 50 from 22 matches.

Mennoh, 26, features for Persipasi Bekasi in the Indonesian league. His team is expected to play on Thursday against PSSB Bireun FC. He scored the match opener in their first home searching win with a 3-1.

He was involved with the club win over PSLS Lhokseumawe FC 1-0 on Sunday. They are 4th on the table with 40 points. Mennoh, before his sojourn played for the LPRC Oilers on a two-year  contract. In 2005, the Liberian moved to Indonesia joining the list of Liberians already there seeking greener pastures. There he was signed by Semen Padang FC for a season.

During 2006, Mennoh joined another Indonesian side, Sriwijaya Football Club, thereafter he switched to another club, Persita Tangerang in 2007. He signed with Semen Padang FC during the 2008/09 season.

Liberians in Israeli Playoff

Several Liberian internationals are in the Israeli football league play-off this weekend. The players involved are George Baysah of Hapoel Kfar Saba and Gizzie Dorbor of Hapoel Irony Herliya.

Others are Amos Kollie and Ben Martin both of Hapoel Nazareth Illit. The country national league home and away matches ended last Saturday, 16 April after all of the clubs completed their 30 games with Hapoel Kfar Saba of George Baysah finishing at the top of the table with 66 points.

Hapoel Kfar Saba is expected to welcome Sektzya Ness Ziona FC on Sunday in its first playoff encounter. Its already 66 points will be divided  into half at the start the playoff which involve 6 teams of the league to determine the championship in this season.

Gizzie Dorbor, who plays for Hapoel Irony Herzliya FC finished at 7th on the table with 46 points. His team has been paired against Maccabi Ahi Nazareth on Sunday in the playoff. Other Liberians, Amos Kollie and Ben Martin of Hapoel Nazareth Illit FC finished 14 on the 16 team’s league table.

They managed to have pocketed 23 points from 30 games losing 9 points after the first phase of the league. The two are expected to feature for Hapoel Nazareth Illit FC in the playoff against Hakoach Maccabi Amidar Ramat Gan FC on Sunday.

Arnold, Allison In Europe

Two young Liberians seeking greener pastures in their football career have landed in Sweden from the United States where they penned down their signatures with Sweden IFK Sundsvall FC in the 2nd Division.

The two are Arnold Kennedy and Anthony Allison. Kennedy last played for Jamaican side, Village United, while Allison did so with Puerto Rico Islander FC before moving to Europe.

Both players were in action for their employer, IFK Sundsvall FC who beat Timra FC 4-0 last Saturday in their first league match. Allison told this paper last night that it was his pleasure moving to Europe to play club football which is difference from that of college (school) football.

He said “having completed school; I signed my first professional contract in the Philadelphia league. Following that, I signed with Puerto Rico Islanders FC which won the NASL (the second league under the MLS) championship.”

Both Arnold and Allison arrived in Sweden with the assistance of their uncle Dulee Johnson, who plays club football in Sweden.  Allison is establishing himself as leading scorer for IFK Sundsvall FC. His compatriot, Kennedy has justified his inclusion as defender.

Wilfred, Taurus Awaits LFA

Reports reaching The New Dawn sports desk from Sweden on two Liberians, Taurus Manneh and Wilfred Greenfield are scanty but they are expect to feature for Swedish club, Carlstad United BK.

Last Sunday, Carlstad United BK was in action against Assyrian BK but lost 1-0. But according to these players’ manager, Wilhelm Myrer, the players are yet to establish a track record because of the LFA’s failure to forward (send) the ITC (International Transfer Certificate) in time for the two players, Taurus and Wilfred.

“Even if the clubs and players agreed weeks ago, the FA will still not be able to send the ITC thus making it difficult for these players to play in the league which started Monday. This is a true disaster as other players are getting these chances on their behalf. Liberian Football or LFA has a bad reputation”, Myrer told this paper.

He said it is unbelievable that within 15 days, the LFA have not managed to log in to the FIFA system. “If the ITC gets to Carlstad United this week, both players will be suitable to register their debut for the club against the table leader Riynninge FC on Thursday, 21 April.

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