By Roland Mulbah
Threeoutof the 22 players invited by Liberia’s Lone Star coach, James SalinsaDebbahfor the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tunisia are completely unattached.
The likes of SekouJabatehOliseh, AdolphusNagbe Marshall and George Weah, Jr. are entirely unattached.
Jabateh has been unattached since his five years contract was expired on June 30, 2015 with Russian Premier League outfit CSKA Moscow.
The last time he played a competitive football match was December 26, 2014 when he was on loan at Russian Premier League outfit, Krasnodar from CSKA Moscow and he later returned to his mother club five days later after his loan deal was over.
A source told this paper that the player is on his way to Turkey, but was finding it difficult to obtain Turkish visa in Ghana. The reports say authorities of the LFA got involved and wrote the Liberian Embassy in Ghana to intervene to have Jabateh obtain the Turkish visa.
The source also indicated that Jabatehand his agebt are in negotiation with Turkish topflight outfit, Osmanlıspor that has another Liberian, Tonia Tisdell for a possible deal.
The eldest son of Liberia’s former World Footballer of the Year George Weah, who is without club at the moment has also been included in the national team of Liberia, Lone Star squad to face Tunisia on September 5, 2015 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Central Monrovia in the second match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The 27-year-old George Weah junior has been named in Liberia’s squad for the second time after his uncle, James SalinsaDebbah, who coaches the team called him for the first time against Togo in June where he was an unused substitute.
He was born in Liberia but grew up in the USA, where he played some friendly games for the national under-20 team.
Weah junior was also on the books of two of his father’s old clubs.
He was in the junior teams at AC Milan, where his father made his name, from the age of 14 but was let go before he turned 20.
Since then his career has been restricted to the lower leagues in Switzerland and briefly in Greece.
He last played professional football at another of his father’s old clubs with two substitute appearances for Paris St Germain’s amateur team last year.
Liberia’s new coach, James Debbah, was also a PSG player and is a relative of Weah.
Weah junior’s father, now 48, was World Footballer of the Year in 1995 and led Liberia to the Nations Cup finals in 1996 and 2002.
Another of his sons, Timothy, is in the U.S. under-15 team and also in PSG’s youth programme.
AdolphusNagbe Marshall, who is a close companion of Coach Debbah is another unattached player being called for the Tunisia clash.
Adolphus has been without club since he last played in the Indonesian league that is currently suspended by FIFA.
Our source narrated that Adolphus helped Debbah during his difficult time in Indonesia where the former Liberia’s most celebrated star had gone to seek greener pasture.
Meanwhile, Liberia international versatile striker, Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, who is in superb form with Malaysian Premier League outfit, PKNS is not in Coach Debbah’s 22 men squad.
Many Liberians have frowned on the technical staff for not including the striker who has scored four times for the red, white and blue outfit.
Below is the full list of Coach Debbah’s 22 men
1) Francis Grandpa Doe (NS Matrix, Malaysia)
2) GizzieDorbor (HapoelAfula, Israel)
3) William Jebor (SD Ponferradina, Spain)
4) Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi, Sundowns South Africa)
5) SekouJabatehOliseh (Unattached)
6) George Weah, Jr (Unattached)
7) AdolphusNagbe Marshall (Unattached)
8) SekouKonneh (Fortuna Sittard, Holland)
9) Tonia Tisdell (Osmanlıspor, Turkey)
10) Teah Dennis (Al-Ahli, Jordan)
11) DirkirGlay (GorMahia, Kenya)
12) Patrick Gerhardt (Sarawak FA, Malaysia)
13) Sam Johnson (Djurgårdens IF, Sweden)
14) ZahKrangar(Felda United FC, Malaysia)
15) Solomon Grimes (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus)
16) Herron Berrian (Platanias, Greece)
17) SporoSomah (Sewe Sports, Ivory Coast)
18) AmadiayaRennie (Brann, Norway)
19) Melvin King (Oman)
20) Murphy Oscar Dorley (Local, but in Ghana)
21) Raymond Fransia (Local, but in Ghana)
22) Trokon Zeon (Local, LISCR FC)