All may not be rosy on the national scene as the national soccer team, Lone Star, is currently going through a difficult time due to their awful performance in international competitions.
Nevertheless, there are some members of the senior national team who are flying the Liberian flag sky-high internationally. These players continue to fully represent the country on the international scene.
Though their performances earned them individual rather than team achievements, they also serve as positive reflections of the country’s image in the Diaspora. This was the case with 1995 Fifa World Player of the Year, George Weah.
The prestigious award won by the soccer legend (now senator) gave Liberia a global recognition especially after Weah became the first African player to win the award.
Recently, two youngsters of the senior national team have earned for themselves rewards that positively represent Liberia’s image.
In Russia, 18-year old Sylvanus Nimely won a medal with Spartak Moscow after the team was crowned champions of the 2017 Russian Super Cup following their 2-1 win over rivals Lokomotiv Moscow on Friday, July 15.
The young forward, formerly of current FA Cup holders Monrovia Club Breweries, was called up from Spartak Moscow’s junior team, Spartak Moscow II, to the senior team last June, having been named to the team’s squad for their preseason camp in Austria.
He joined the junior team during the second half of the Russian league season on a three and a half year deal from MK Kravina of the Czech Republic.
Nimely became the second Liberian to win silverware in Russia. It may be recalled that Sekou Jabateh Oliseh who played for CSKA Moscow between 2009 and 2015, won the Russian Cup twice in 2011 and 2013, along with the Russian Premier League in 2013.
In Lithuania, following the climax of the Lithuanian league season, another young player of the senior national team, Murphy Oscar Dorley, was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the league after his splendid performance during the season.
The young midfielder played an instrumental role in his team, FK Trakai, after ending up in second place in round two of the Lithuanian Lyga A Championship.
The 18-year old midfielder, also a former MC Breweries player, was recently named the youngest star of the UEFA Europa League qualifiers by a sports statistics media group, InStat Sports, after his team reached the second round of the UEFA Europa League qualifier. FK Trakai advanced to the second round after a 3-1 aggregate win over St. Johnstone Football Club.