Nimba United goalie Emmanuel Deanneh is among local players invited by James Debbah to train ahead of Lone Star’s friendly engagement with the Harambee Stars of Kenya on Nov. 15 in Nairobi. The team leaves today for Kenya.
He is the only United player among the over 30 locally-based players invited by Head Coach James Debbah, who returned from London at the weekend.
Most of the club’s key players have left the country for greener pastures.
The game is scheduled to take place on November 15 at Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi.
Deanneh was goalie when the National U-20 team failed to reach the second round qualifiers of the 2017 Africa Under-20 Championship, losing 2-0 to Guinea in Monrovia and drawing 1-1 in Conakry.
After that campaign, the young goalkeeper expressed optimism that the future looks bright for him, and it appears his optimism has become a reality.
In recent times, Liberia has encountered goalkeeping problems and pundits have already endorsed the lad to guard the goal when Debbah’s men face Harambee Stars.
His only known competitor would be Alhpa Jallon of Barrack Young Controller’s B-team.
Tommy Songo and James Galley as well as Saydee Swen were prophesized to replace retired Nathaniel Sherman, but all have not lived up to expectation.
Signed from 3rd Division Club White Tiger in 2014, 18-year-old Deanneh has proven himself as one of the best goalkeepers on the local scene. He broke through United’s rank, establishing himself as a first choice in the squad in his first season.
The lad has great height, timing, and knows positioning. He also has strong reflexes, has a big frame, and is a level headed goalkeeper.
He definitely has all the right attributes to become a world class goalkeeper.
Some of the key invitees are: Sunnyboy Dolo and Terrance Tisdel of FC Fassell; Christopher Jackson of LISCR FC; Mark, Paye, Ketu Jerbo , Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, Van Dave Harmon of BYC, among others.
Foreign-based players include CAF Champions League winner Anthony Snoti Laffor and Africa Player of the Year nominee William Jebor.
Kenya and Liberia have met two times in history.
The two sides last played on August 12, 1989, in the qualification for the Italy 1990 FIFA World Cup. Kenya defeated the Lone Star 1-0 in Nairobi, after a previous match that ended in a goalless draw in Monrovia on January 22, 1989.
Kenya would shoulder local transportation and hotel accommodation as well as pay for entry visas for the 30-member Liberian delegation.