A young Liberian player has arrived in Belgium as part of an arrangement between the Liberia Football Association and RSC Anderlecht of Belgium.
Thomas Neewalay, who plays for Luyken FC, was selected by the assistant Under-21 and 19 coach of Belgian club Anderlecht, Christian Nsengi Biembe, during a one-week clinic for young players at the George Weah Technical Center in Careysburg, Montserrado County held in June.
The LFA’s vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, said he was ecstatic for the achievement of the first major step between Liberia and Anderlecht. Shannon described the first phase with the Belgian club as successful and said Neewalay’s departure is a great day for Liberian football.
He said Liberian football at the youth level has the quality, and is hopeful that the young player will make the mark in order to get a professional contract in the future.
Thomas Neewalay was spotted during the training sessions by coach Biembe who submitted the name of the player to the technical team of Anderlecht upon his return to Belgium.
“The player impressed the trainer after three days of training and he was selected; a lot of vetting went on the player and Coach Christian had to answer a lot of questions,” Shannon disclosed.
He said after the vetting, the technical staff of Anderlecht came to the conclusion that the Liberian youth would fit into their program after some extended period of training.
The LFA vice president said he was happy that what he personally started has come to reality.
Shannon ran as LFA vice president on a platform to grow Liberian football when it comes to arranging contracts for players, arranging matches for Liberia and developing a partnership for football development.
He commended the LFA Executive Committee, the Secretariat, the media and the coaches of the various national teams as well as all those that helped in making this first move with Anderlecht a reality.
Shannon revealed that Liberia hopes to continue the relationship with Anderlecht, adding that he would shortly begin new negotiations for another training clinic.