By Roland Mulbah
Though not playing in the top leagues in Europe, many Liberian footballers are still been compared to those Africans that are plying trade in the elite leagues of the world. There are several Liberian born footballers plying their own soccer trade in other leagues in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Though those leagues are not the big leagues, the Liberian football players are equally showcasing their skills and talents which keep drawing lots of admirers. Many of these players are not well known in Liberia either because they did not play for top clubs in the country or have not been called to any of the National Football teams. But their “week-in, week-out performances” have grasped the attention of authorities of football in those States they are plying their trade.
One Liberian footballer whose outstanding performances over the years have caught the attention of football technicians and authorities in the European State of Australia is Andrew KaineKerkulah. Kerkulah recently moved to first division club Campbelltown City SC in the Australian Super League, after winning back to back golden booth awards in the second division with two different clubs.
Kerkulah, 23, was closed to winning his third golden booth award with Adelaide Victory just before he was signed by Campbelltown City SC during the second half of last season in Australia.
Since his arrival in Australia, 2011, the Liberian attacker has won lots of admirers in Australia, many of them football administrators who have expressed interest in the 23-year-old playing for the Australian National Football team.
Latest report in Australia says the player is been approached by football authorities in that country to have him play for the Australia Senior men’s football team. In 2013, Kerkulah was given the opportunity to play for the Australian U-23 men’s football team, but the player did not feature for the team after picking up injury in training. Since then, Scouts of the Australian National Football team have had their radar on the player and have been impressed with his performances over the years. Kerkulah, born in Liberia to Liberian parents anticipates playing for Liberia, but offers from the Australians seem to be enticing the player in pledging allegiance to play for Australia.
There has been no invitation to the player from the Liberian Football Authorities; something which might be encouraging the Australians to lure the attacker to play for Australia.
A member of the Australian technical staff recently voiced out interest in the player during the Australian Championship Playoff final, after realizing that the player has been prolific in scoring goals since arriving in Adelaide City.
The player has been the lead goal scorer in the South of Australia.
Couple of teams in the Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey are said to be following the progress of the Liberian.
Kerkulah has however expressed interest in playing for the country of birth.