Sam Jackson Joins LISCR FC

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Jackson at a national team training session at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex (Photo Credit: T Kla Wesley)

LISCR FC have announced the signing of former Barrack Young Controllers’ forward Sam Jackson on a three-year deal for undisclosed fees.

According to the club’s official website, the 20-year-old was excited to join the ‘Shipping Boys’ after officially putting pen to paper. “It’s nice being here. A new home for me where I’m looking forward to the new challenges. Happy to be here and ready to help the club compete at the highest level and win some silverwares,” Jackson said.

Jackson was inexplicably left out of BYC squad in the just ended league season that saw the ‘Go Blue Boys’ becoming double champions. It was a shock to many that the 20-year-old was left out of the double champions’ squad and LISCR officially announced that he has joined them on a three-year deal.

Head coach, Tapha Manneh was glad for the arrival of Jackson that he referred to as a “very good player.” The Gambian coach said he’s happy with the signing and he believes the addition of Jackson will bring more competition among his players.

“Excited to have him here. He’s a good player. It always nice to have such a player in our team. With his addition, there’ll be more competition in the team and more options for me as a coach. He has some qualities which I believe will help the team compete at the top level,” he said.

Jackson, who was named in the Lone Star’s 25-man provisional squad, joined the former champions with a lot of experience ranging from the national county meet, the first and second division leagues, the national U-20 team, the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup competitions.

He played a starring role in helping Nimba County reached the finals of the 2013-14 National County Meet before losing to Grand Bassa 2-1. He joined Barrack Young Controllers II in 2014 and helped the club win the second division twice and one FA Cup title as he helped Barrack Young Controllers II qualified for the 2016 CAF Confederations Cup where they played against Moroccan side, Kwakab Athletic Club of Marrakech. After a 3-0 defeat in Morocco, he helped grab a 2-0 win at home as they bowed out on a 3-2 aggregate.

In 2014, he made his debut for Liberia U-20 national team against The Gambia in the 2015 African U20 Cup of Nations Qualifier. Liberia qualified to the second round after winning a protest against The Gambia for fielding overage players and were paired against Ivory Coast in the second round. Jackson played in both home and away fixtures as Liberia bowed out on a 2-1 aggregate.

His adventure with the national U-20 continued on April 3, 2016, in the 2017 CAF AFCON U20 qualifying games against Guinea U-20, playing in the home and away fixtures that saw Liberia bowing out on a 2-1 aggregate.

He went on to help Liberia U-20 finished as runners-up in the 2018 WAFU U-20 Nations Cup. He played all of Liberia’s games in the tournament including the final which Liberia U-20 bowed to a 2-1 to The Gambia. The 2018 year brought many smiles to Jackson who made his debut for the senior national team. He made his debut on July 21 in Liberia’s goalless draw with Sierra Leone.

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