Out of One, Two to Go – Liberia Declines

Liberia’s expectation to play in three international and other competitions is almost nearing an end. The country’s U-23 national team could do no better for at least a victory over the Ivorian U-23 even if it did not qualify for the next round of the Africa qualifying series of the London Olympics.

At least over-turning the 4-0 Accra disgrace at the hands of the Ivorian with a single goal victory in Monrovia would have even given supporters and other Liberians the courage.

After eliminatin Sierra Leonean the U-23, Liberia was paired against the Ivory Coast. In the Africa Cup of Nations  qualifiers, the country’s hope seems to be even far from slim considering its current bottom position on the table in group A.

The senior national team’s home performances have become so dismal that it will most often come from behind to draw, as evidenced by the encounter with  Zimbabwe here at home in March last year that ended 1-1 we the team came from behind to draw the game before a record crowd at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville outside Monrovia.

Another upcoming soccer event is in Maputo, Mozambique, after the country’s first leg in the qualification with Nigeria’s Dream Team which ended  1-1 Dream Team on last Sunday in Monrovia.

Liberia will travel to Nigeria on the 5th of May to see who advance to the next stage of the qualification. Many football fans and supporters are attributing Liberia’s poor football state to the inability the  authorities to manage the game due to diverse and competing interests.

Victor, Ben Still Hoping for Liberia

Many Liberian internationals playing across the world  may be turning their attention to the national team, the Lone Star. In Sweden, former Liberia Black Star attacker, Victor Carr is reported to  have registered with Swedish club, Hanosand FC. According to his manager Tore Eliasson, the has expressed his preparedness to Cap for Liberia.

Although the player was part of the national team years back, his manager Tore Eliasson said he is better than ever since he joined the Sweden league, and will be better in the attacking line.

“With three games left for Liberia in the Nations Cup qualifier,, Liberia can start preparations for the next Nations Cup; all they have to do is to pick up their winning spirit from their remaining matches,” Eliasson explained.

Meanwhile, former LISCR FC striker, Ben Martin, dramatizing in the Israeli national league with Hapoel Nazareth Illit FC, also joins the list to offer his service to Liberia.

Ben Martin, a forceful striker, known across the football house of Liberia, emphasized the need for the authorities to begin working team for the next nation’s cup. He said, such project will give Liberia a better vision, system and plan for qualifying.

Mighty Barrolle Frustrates Wilfred

Last season’s premiership champions, Mighty Barrolle is seeing as creating a setback for Liberia’s U-20 midfielder, Wilfred Greenfield to start his professional life in Sweden. The player’s agent, Wilhelm Myrer: “I expected the player ITC nearly three weeks now, but I can not understand what the LFA and Mighty Barrolle”.

Early last week, Taurus Manneh and Wilfred Greenfield were unable to play for their Swedish club, Carlstad Untied BK, and fortunately for Taurus Manneh, his ITC arrived in Sweden mid last week from FC AK and the LFA. When the New Dawn contacted Mighty Barrolle, President Julius Duncan Cassel on Saturday, said all information regarding the deal will be provide.

“I can’t tell you why not, because all the documents are not with me; call me April 25 to gather the information” were the words of Superintendent Cassel. Meanwhile, Wilfred has call on all parties involved with his ITC to see above today and help him start a new life.

Carlstad Untied BK has already played two matches. Wilfred said, staying out the regular 18 gives any player hard time to get adjusted to the game.

Master Pewee Donates To Jackson

The Russ Taekwondo and Fitness Academy head, Master Russian Pewee Friday, paid a visit to Lone Star’s U-23 midfielder Patrick Jackson residing on the Old-Road. The Taekwondo club donated LD$5,000 and a bag of rice to the player  who broke his leg while playing for Liberia’s Junior side against the Ivorians in Ghana.

Master Pewee: “We are all athletes serving mama Liberia; when I listened to you on the radio speaking about your condition, it touched my heart, that is why today my Taekwondo club is here to extend our hands to you.”

Speaking to reporters Sunday after the Liberia vs. Nigeria game at the SKD, Jackson said since his arrival in Liberia from Ghana, LFA has failed to pay him an official visit, noting only Mr. Gould from the secretarial at the FA paid him a private visit.

Meanwhile, the authorities at the Ministry of youth and sports recently visited the residence of player Jackson to identify with him. The delegation of two deputy ministers and an assistant minister presented purse of LD$15, 000 and other items to the injured player.

The donation came after the player’s consistent public concerns about being neglected by football authorities since his arrival from Ghana where he got injured on the field of play.

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