By Hawa Wesseh
Prominent Liberian Lone Stars players recently selected by new coach James Salinsa Debbah have failed to honor his invitation to the Liberian national team. The team is currently on a weeklong training camp in Accra Ghana, further compounding the Lone Stars locker room and the FA plans to give a good showing against the Hawks of Togo in Lome when the two sides meet on June 14th for the Afcons qualifier.
According to reports, Turkish based Şanlıurfaspor FC hit man Tonia Tisdell [on loan], who is on vacation and is visiting with family “in Monrovia closed to a month, has failed to identify with the team.” Liberian coach James Debbah and the FA has therefore ruled him out of the squad.
Tisdell has been a regular feature for the team and have always honor national duties to represent his country. His only goal for the national team came on September 8th 2012 when he score against the Nigerian Super Eagles in Monrovia. In what was a 2-2 draw; Sekou Oliseh Jabateh was the other scorer. His goal came in the 66th minute.
Also English based Port Vale striker Alex Nimley, formerly of Manchester City, and Crystal Palace has shown no interest also to play for the national team according to reports. Both the English based striker and another Spanish based, Atletico Bilbao talisman Inaki Williams Dennis, born to Liberia and Ghanaian parents and named in the squad will not be in Lome when Liberia meets Togo.
Coach Debbah has always been keen on Alex Nimley particularly, saying Nimley would be part of his integral plans as he took over the team. Both Alex Nimley and Inaki Williams have appeared for the English and Spanish national teams respectively at the youth levels. Already missing out will be Dioh Williams, Francis Doe and Patrick Wleh, players that are currently in fine form, but they weren’t invited, meaning, according to a sport journalist, Coach Debbah will be dealing an almost new team against a well experienced side of Togo, coached by Belgian tactician Tom Saintfiet. Nick named the miracleman during his playing days, the coach will need miracles given the situation he finds himself to exact a win from the Sparrow Hawks, according to an analyst.
“Alex Nimely can’t be reached, even rumors that he was awaiting the team here in Ghana, has proven wrong,” wrote, Liberia Football Association [LFA] Communications Director Henry Boyd Flomo this week on his Face Book page.
And as if that wasn’t enough maestro Sekou Oliseh Jabateh “is also ruled out as further information has not come from him to date.” Jabateh is a key component of the team who styled for CSKA Moscow and currently on loan. Jabateh has played since 2010, 15 games for the national team, scoring 2 goals. A key player for Liberia, he turned down offers from Nigeria to play for his country of birth and has since established himself as a major pillar within the squad.
“Training continues in Ghana until Friday when the team moves by road to Togo for the match on Sunday,” according to the www.liberiansoccer.com.
Tonia Tisdell Pic: www.frontpageafrica