Proverbial ‘Faithful Player’ Returns to Home Turf

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Mayango Jallah, Liberia’s proverbial ‘faithful player’ who refused attractive offers from Mighty Barrolle and Invincible Eleven to leave St. Joseph’s Warriors is presently visiting family in Liberia from the United States.
Jallah told the Daily Observer over the weekend in company with former team-mate Armah Baxter that he was in the country during the height of the Ebola crisis and is now in the country to see family and friends.
He resides in Illinois, Chicago in the United States with his family.
Known popularly as Mayango during his hey days in the 80s and early 90s, Jallah was the glue that held St. Joseph’s Warriors together due to his tireless work-rate, said team-mate Jonathan Armah Baxter.
Like his colleague, Baxter, who also played for St. Joseph’s Warriors and later Barrolle and NPA, Mayango was one of the dependable players for the national soccer team, Lone Star.
“He was committed to the game and played his heart out for his club and the nation,” said Baxter who partnered with him in the 80s.
Playing along with great players, including Baxter, Nathaniel Naplah and George Johnson, St. Joseph’s Warriors became a portent force that demanded respect in Liberian football circles at the time.
Mayango was one of the top players who had a great deal of self-discipline on and off the field. His football career spanned from 1981-1991. He took Warriors to the LFA highly competitive knockout and league championship and CAF Cup Winners Cup competitions.
On the national team Mayango played alongside James Debbah, now national coach, and soccer legend George Weah and worried many opposing teams in Africa.
Reviewing the current misfortune of Liberian football, particularly the national team, Lone Star and the players, Jallah paid a glowing tribute to the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe for his invaluable contribution to national team players.
“President Doe provided us with opportunities, including tuition fees for all national team players to attend university,” Jallah said, “and I’m glad that I took advantage over that provision.”
In the United States Mayango acquired BSC and Masters’ degrees in computer science and Managing Information System and BSC in Accounting.
He said he hoped that footballers would receive national support and they must also understand that there is life after football if education is prioritized in their life.
Mayango’s dedication to St. Joseph’s Warriors was unmatched, and many fans still use his dedication whenever lessons are drawn for the lack of commitment to the national team and to the clubs by current players.
Visiting Liberia he spends his time with his mother in Kakata, and visits old school and team mates.

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