MUSCAT FC is mourning the death of one of its brightest rising soccer stars Opor Thompson. According to MUSCAT FC founder Theophilus Collins, Opor died on Monday this week at the SOS Hospital in Congo Town, outskirt of Monrovia.
“Liberia has lost a great son; the entire playing body and officials of MUSCAT FC are mourning; this is the player we thought was on the verge of putting the club on the map; we are exceedingly sad,” Collins said.
He said Opor was on his way to join the ASEC Mimosas Football Academy in Ivory Coast later this year and all traveling documents were being processed by his family and MUSCAT FC.
According to him, the 16 years old did not show any sign of fever or any sickness up to last weekend, but started vomiting with blood on Sunday and was immediately taken to the SOS, but died in the process. His remains are currently being deposited at the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Service in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Opor was the most famous rising soccer star in the Duport Road Paynesville area, as his skill got every school chasing after him.
He enrolled at Nathan E. Gibson this academic year before his passing off, started his career at MUSCAT, when the Club was still a noon division team.
He helped took the Club to the fourth division and onwards to third division, and was the brain behind their triumphant march to the second division during the 2012-2013 National League season where they won the National Third Division Playoff.
Amazingly, Opor appeared in every match played by MUSCAT in the 2014 Second Division League and was lead player, even though the club was demoted at the end of the League. The lost is the second suffered by MUSCAT. The Club’s dependable midfielder Prince Zammie, was stabbed to death by a colleague over a minor argument in 2012.
Liberia also lost a genius forward Patrice Doeplah, while preparing for international duty.
By Sally Gaye