By Kelvin Yeaher
Liberia International player Dioh Williams has returned to the national team of Liberia, the Lone Stars, after a protracted period in the wilderness. The call, which is the first for the former BK Hacken striker, under Lone Stars’ coach James Debbah came following a series of stellar performances by the striker for his club in the Swedish Allsvenskan [league] this season.
The 31-year-old Liberian last played for the Red, White and Blue outfit in the 2013 AFCON qualifiers against Namibia. It was his lone goal that was the difference- maker.
According to reports, from Sweden where he plies his trade for top flight side Gefle IF, the forward has made 25 appearances for his club this season finding the back of the net 6 times, banking 3 assists.
The utility player who can be used as a striker, winger or attack midfielder is a valuable addition to the tricolors, as the Lone Stars of Liberia prepare to lurk horns with the national team of Guinea-Bissau in a home and away preliminaries of the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to be held in Russia. The match is scheduled for October 5th in Monrovia and the return leg on October 13, 2015, in Bissau.
Earlier last week, Lone Stars’ Coach, James Debbah released the names of 26 players for the decisive fixture against the Guineans. The manager made six changes to the side that defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the AFCON qualifiers few weeks ago in Monrovia.
The new additions, which also include fan favorite Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, to the nation’s pride and joy was welcomed by many football pundits who have been advocating for the players’ inclusion to the national team, based on his fine form, and his experience and heroics this season.
Calling up Wleh and Williams is a timely step in the right direction according to observers, as Coach Debbah looks for wins to cement his coaching position and the team chances. Wleh is however listed 50-50, due to injury.
Striker Dioh Williams made his Lone Stars debut in 2004 against the Eagles of Mali and went on to earn 17 appearances for his country, scoring five times.
Dioh Williams pic: www.sporten.tv.2.dk