Liberia’s international midfielder, Murphy Oscar Dorley has a new challenge to deliver his outstanding performance on the pitch after he sealed a half-year loan deal with FC Slovan Liberec of the Czech First Division League in the Czech Republic.
The Czech First Division League, currently known as the HET Liga professional league, is the country’s primary football competition that is contested by 16 clubs. The league is currently ranked 11th in Europe in the UEFA league rankings.
As one of the participating teams, FC Slovan Liberec, nicknamed Blue-Whites, is one of the most successful football clubs in the country, having won three league titles and the domestic cup since 1993. The Blue-Whites qualified for the group stage of the 2017 UEFA Europa League but failed to advance to the knockout stage after securing 4 points out of 6 matches.
According to the Liberec, midfielder Dorley has been working with the team since January 17 and completed several tryouts. “Negotiating his arrival was not easy, however, and now there is a club agreement for a half-year with a subsequent transfer option,” the club said in a statement.
The talented offensive midfielder joined Liberec from Lithuanian club FK Trakai, where he delivered outstanding performances since the summer of 2016. Upon arrival, Dorley was welcomed by his new coach, David Holoubek, who said, “He is a very talented and promising young player who liked us right from the start, both in matches and in training. He has a first-class first touch; he can give a final pass. For his age, he is certainly a very interesting player for Slovan. In addition, he still seems to be well and kind, he is a modest boy who wants to keep moving.”
However, coach Holoubek said there is still room for improvement in the Liberian midfielder’s strength. “He certainly has to work on his strength and improve in personal combat,” the club’s website quoted coach Holoubek. “He can also act as an attacker or extreme midfielder, so the extra plus for us coaches is his versatility. We have gained an offensive universe that could refresh our team.”
The Czech National Football League season is expected to resume in August and runs to May, with all 16 teams playing 30 games apiece.