Liberia’s Olympic team, the Satellites, will be hoping to upset the Black Meteors as Ghana hosts both legs of the Caf Under-23 Championship tie, beginning on Sunday.
Liberia are emerging out of the Ebola pandemic but are not yet certified to host international games at home and so have secured an agreement to pick Ghana as their home venue for the Caf Under-23 Championship which could lead them to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The coach, Thomas Kojo’s Liberian side are set in the match city, Tamale, and are boosted by the inclusion of three foreign-based players to their fold. Their Ghanaian counterparts have opted to go local in this encounter.
Liberia’s Olympic team have the attacking trio: Herron Scarla Berrian from Greek side Platanias Chania, Sporo Somah of Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport and US-based University of Mt. Olive’s Cooper Gaypia who will be hoping to torment the Black Meteors on Sunday.
Somah, 19, now plays in Ivory Coast and is not new to Ghana as he was an influential member of the Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) side who famously kicked Asante Kotoko out of the 2014 Caf Champions League.
The return encounter, which will be hosted in Ghana, will be on the weekend of May 8-10.The winner of the tie over two legs, advances to face Congo in the second round.
Liberia’s contingent for the Meteors clash:
Goalkeepers: Jemeriah Sekey (Fassell FC), Tommy Songo (LISCR FC), Allington Sengbeh (BYC)
Defenders: Fred Fofana (Watanga), Raymond Fransah (MC Breweries), Alvin Macarnel (BYC), Darkar Kollie (Jubilee), Alycious Sinujla- (Fassell FC), Marlee Roberts (LPRC Oilers), Prince Kennedy (LPRC Oilers), Albert Nimely (Fassell FC)
Midfielders: Abraham Barshall (LISCR FC), Stephen Seameh (LISCR FC), Oscar Dorley (MC Breweries), Prince Saydee (BYC), Elijah Clarke (Fassell FC), Sunnyboy Dolo (Nimba United), Continenta Queejay (LPRC Oilers), Cooper Gaypia (University of Mt. Olive, USA)
Strikers: Van-Dave Harmond (BYC), Herron Scarla Berrian (Platanias Chania, Greece), Sporo Somah (Sewe Sport, Ivory Coast)
Officials: Thomas Kojo (Head Coach), Janjay Jacobs (Assistant Coach), Jaydeh Donyan Brown (Administrative Manager), Agnes Togbah (Team Doctor), Sunnyboy Mason (Masseur)