25 Players Called for CHAN Qualifiers

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The head coach of Liberia’s national football team, Thomas Kojo, has invited 25 players for Lone Star’s African Nations Championship qualifiers against Senegal in July.

The African Nations Championship, commonly called CHAN, is a special tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football for players playing in the local leagues of African countries.

Kojo’s 25-man list was released by the Liberia Football Association via its official Facebook page less than week after the end of the 2019 Liberia Football Association first division league.

Among the 25 players called by Kojo are outstanding LPRC Oilers defender Sampson Dweh and LISCR FC young midfielder Armah Vaikainah, who are receiving their first summons for the national team. The duo caught the eye of Kojo after their spectacular performance with their respective clubs during the season.

Surprisingly, one of the best left-back, Daniel Woto of Barrack Young Controllers, was ignored by Kojo. Woto, who played his first season with the Go Blue Boys, proved to be among the best players in the league with his defensive work rate and scoring ability. Despite playing at the left-back position, he netted goals five times.

The return of Dirkir Glay and Isaac Pupo to the local league has paid off after the duo were recalled to the national team. Pupo last played for Liberia on May 18, 2014 in Liberia’s 1-0 win over Lesotho in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier while Glay returns to the national team after two years of absence. After failing to get contracted abroad, Glay returned to play for LISCR FC, where he won the FA Cup. Meanwhile, Pupo returned to be featured for a Watanga FC team that was one of the first division title contenders.

First division champions LPRC Oilers and FA Cup champions LISCR FC have the most invited players, with seven players being called from each club. The first division and FA champions are being followed by Barrack Young Controllers and Watanga FC with three players each while there is one each from Nimba United Football Club, Nimba Football Club, Monrovia Club Breweries, and second division clubs Muscat FC and Pags FC.

The 2019 first division and FA Cup top scorer Christopher Jackson and highest assist player Sam Jackson lead the list of invited players. LPRC Oilers’ goalkeeper Prince Wlame, who kept 14 clean sheets in the 2019 first division also made the list of players called, although there is no place for LISCR FC’s captain Tommy Songo. Also part of Kojo’s invited players for the CHAN qualifier are the second division top two scorers Mark Yallah and Mark Karley of Muscat and PAGS FC, respectively.

Full List of Players:

No Player Names Positions Clubs
1 Ashley Williams Goalkeeper LISCR FC
2 Dirkir Glay Defender LISCR FC
3 Kemoh Kamara Defender LISCR FC
4 Armah Vaikainah Midfielder LISCR FC
5 Sam Jackson Midfielder LISCR FC
6 Christopher Jackson Striker LISCR FC
7 Edward Ledlum Midfielder LISCR FC
8 Prince Wlame Goalkeeper LPRC Oilers
9 Sampson Dweh Defender LPRC Oilers
10 Aloysius Simujla Defender LPRC Oilers
11 Nuwo Johnson Defender LPRC Oilers
12 Ebenezer Solo Midfielder LPRC Oilers
13 Terry Sackor Striker LPRC Oilers
14 Alvin Maccornel Defender LPRC Oilers
15 Alpha Jalloh Goalkeeper BYC FC
16 Kelvin Potis Midfielder BYC FC
17 Ketu Jerbo Midfielder BYC FC
18 Carlos Williams Defender Watanga FC
19 Isaac Pupo Midfielder Watanga FC
20 Dennis Wesseh Midfielder Watanga FC
21 Varney Dukuly Striker Nimba United
22 Marvin Blapoh Midfielder Monrovia Club Breweries
23 Emmanuel Clarke Nimba FC Defender
24 Mark Yallah Muscat FC Striker
25 Mark Karley Pags FC Striker


Featured photo by T. Kla Wesley Jr.

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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