Liberia’s 1-0 win over Zimbabwe at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex on Sunday was not just a triumph for the national team, but also a memorable moment for Barrack Young Controllers’ defender Eugene Swen, who made his international debut with the senior national team.
Swen started from the bench and was later introduced in the 88th minute, replacing former national team skipper Anthony Laffor, after taking the lead in the 72nd through Captain William Jebor’s close-range goal.
The 19-year-old defender, who had an outstanding debut season, winning double titles with BYC in the 2018 Liberia Football Association League season, was named to coach Thomas Kojo’s provisional squad and later made it to the final squad for the Zimbabwe encounter.
“I am very excited to have made my debut for the Lone Star. It was a great moment for my career. I could not describe the feelings with the team securing such a result, particularly on my birthday. It was a moment that I have waited for quite a long time and it finally came through,” he said.
Swen’s introduction in the match was made at the time Lone Star looked to build up their defense in order to prevent the Warriors from getting the equalizer.
“Going on training camp and playing along with players like Anthony Laffor, William Jebor, Tonia Tisdell and the rest of the guys was just a sign of encouragement for me to keep working harder, and I look forward to challenges ahead,” he said.
There is still a huge task ahead of Swen as he could be included in BYC’s squad for their 2018/2019 CAF Champions League match against Guinean side Horoya FC in the preliminary rounds.
BYC were paired against the Guinean outfit after the result for the draw was released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on November 9. According to the fixtures released by CAF, BYC will play their first leg away from home between November 27-28 before returning home for the second leg between December 4 and 5.