MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Russian premier league outfit, Spartak Moscow, has confirmed that their Liberia international forward, Sylvanus Nimely, will honor Liberia’s invitation for the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The 22-time Russian Premier League champions broke the news via their official website on Tuesday, September 25, a day before including Nimely in their first team for the Russian Cup fixtures away at Chernomorets, which they won 1-0.
According to the Moscow-based club’s website, Nimely will depart Russia on October 7 and return on October 17. While with the Lone Star, Nimely will miss Spartak Moscow II’s fixture against Tambov on October 13.
“Forward Sylvanus Nimely received an invitation from the national team of Liberia for the matches of the African Nations Cup – 2019 qualifiers against the Congo on October 11 in the capital of the Congo, Brazzaville and on October 14 in Monrovia,” the team wrote. “The red and white forward will be with the national team from the 7th and 17th of October. Thus, Spartak-2 will not be able to count on Nimely in the first division match against Tambov on October 13.”
Despite signing with Spartak Moscow’s senior team, Nimely has been playing with the junior team – Spartak Moscow II. In search of playing time, the 20-year-old attacker decided to move to the junior team that plays in the second tier of Russian football, the Russian First Division. While playing for Spartak Moscow II, Nimely is also available for selection on the first team.
The former Monrovia Club Breweries attacker has been in a spectacular form this season for Spartak Moscow II, scoring three goals in 11 appearances. He’s currently the third top scorer on the team.
Nimely was a member of the Lone Star team in the previous two international encounters against DR Congo and Nigeria at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. He was introduced in the second halves of both games.
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