By Kelvin Yeaher
Liberia Lone Stars goal custodian, William Jebor—the man who staged a one man demolition act against the African Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau on October 13, 2015 is yet to find the curtain for his club side SD Ponferradina in the Spanish second division league.
Jerbo moved to Spain in August this year in search of greener pasture on loan from Rio Ave but is yet to find the success for his Spanish club even as he remains Liberia top scorer per match play the last few outings. His transfer from the Portuguese top flight to SD Ponferradina has so far seen the striker made six appearances, contributing two assists only.
According to football commentators, the lack of goals for the ‘Ironman’ is due the current system been employ by the club’s Spanish tactician, Jose Manuel Diaz. Jebor plays on the left side of a front three in a 4-4-3 formation, as his lack of goals has been lamented but not for the national team of Liberia, Jerbo has found the net for his country scoring five goals in six appearances, his international duties are paying off, the same which cannot be said on club level and if this trend continues, Jerbo could see himself stock at the second tier of the Spanish league, as the striker’s progress is being stymied.
But there is also a sense of optimism out there that it is only a matter of time before the Liberian international started scoring for his Spanish club, he was the highest scorer for El Geish, rattling the net 10 times in nine appearances before moving to Rio Aves. Jerbo is a proven scorer, he prove this in Egypt and one reason for his goal drought could be that the player is still adjusting to life in Spain, and learning the new system which is Spanish football, and it also could be matter of time before the Rio Ave on loan striker began firing on all cylinders.
His hat trick against Guinea Bissau was not his first according to reports. Jerbo also scored a hat trick while at El Geish in the Egyptian league against Shorta on 7th May 2013. His goals came in the 3rd, 21st and 79th minutes to lift El Geish in a 3-2 win. Khaled Kamar [13’] and Saied Kamal [37’] were the other scorers for Shorta.
While he is yet to register his name on the score sheet in Spain, the forward has won the admiration from the fans of SD Ponferradina for the work ethics he has put in since arriving at the club, due to his gripping skills. His Spanish fans are seen during matches waving the tri colors of the Liberia Lone Stars in appreciation of the attacker and his recent heroics for country.
Liberia Lone Stars are gearing up to face current African Champions, the Elephants of Côte D’ Ivoire, and the Ironman is expected to lead the attack for Coach James Debbah.
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