European-Based Liberians Excel in Midweek Football

Wednesday night football was a joyful one for three Liberian footballers abroad. Russian-based attacker Sylvanus Nimely, Bulgarian-based striker Christopher Jackson, and Marshall, all who achieved individual and team successes.

Maltese-based center defender Adolphus Marshall has registered his first goal of the 2018-19 league season. His goal was part of a trend on Wednesday night that saw three Liberian footballers abroad achieve success.

Marshall, who plays for Maltese First Division club Gudja United, scored once to help his team to a 1-1 draw at home against the Vittoriosa Stars.

The 26-year-old put his team ahead in the 28th minute before the visitors leveled the score in the stoppage time of the first half. The score remained the same after Marshall’s team member, Jackson Lima, squandered the chance to put Gudja ahead. While Gudja continues to struggle, still going three games into the new season without a win, Marshall was glad to open his scoring account for the new season.

In Belarus, Christopher Jackson’s team, FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, edged Dinamo Brest to earn a 4-2 penalty shootout win. Jackson, the former LISCR FC striker, has been playing regular football with FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk’ reserve team in the Belarusian reserve Premier League. He was introduced in the 73rd minute and missed out on a golden chance in the stoppage time of the first half when he failed to beat Dinamo Brest goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.

Although yet to get his first senior goal, Jackson can still celebrate his team’s semi-final success in the Belarusian Cup competition.

Jackson’s compatriot, Sylvanus Nimely, who plays in the Russian first division league with Spartak Moscow II, made the list of the senior team’s squad for the Russian cup away at Chernomorets.

However, Nimely was an unused substitute in a match that saw Spartak Moscow advancing to the quarter finals of the Russian cup after a hard-fought 1-0 win away from home.

Nimley may have not played in the match but he was grateful to be a part of Spartak Moscow’s first team for the encounter. In an interview with The Bush Chicken, Nimely confessed that he wanted to play some minutes but said he’s not disappointed as he’s still young and the future is bright for him.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time on the pitch but I’m glad that we reached the quarterfinals,” he said. “I’m playing regularly in the second team where there are a lot of potential players. If I can have the chance to be in the first team for today’s cup game, I must be grateful because there are a lot of great players in the team. It’s only a motivation for me to keep working harder so that one day I will be a regular first team player in the senior team.”

Featured photo courtesy of Spartak Moscow

T Kla Wesley Jr.

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

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