Monrovia – The Shipping Boys of LISCR FC will play their first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round against Maranatha FC of Togo without the services of central defender Dirkir Glay, striker Christopher Jackson and winger Edward Ledlum the club announced on it official website.
The trio were ruled out of the team to play the first leg in Togo after picking up injuries on international duties with the local based Liberian team against Senegal in the CHAN qualifiers.
Glay suffered a hamstring in the first leg at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and was substituted less than 10 minutes after the kickoff.
Glay’s injury was followed by Christopher Jackson and Edward Ledlum who sustained in the return leg in Dakar.
Christopher Jackson was forced to leave the pitch in during the return leg after 47 minutes of play. Like Christopher, Ledlum got a knock in the match in the Lone Star’s 3-0 defeat away at Senegal.
The three players are key to LISCR with Jackson scoring 17 goals in the league and eight goals in the club and two goals for Liberia in his last three games.
The striker is in the best form of his career and his presence upfront for the shipping boys could be good for them in such match but they now have to choose between Kelvin Kollie and new signing Mark Karly
Glay after returning from Asia to regain his form at home proved to be the real deal in defense for LISCR and his absence will be real missed by Tapha Manneh.
The experienced defender is to be replaced by club captain Emmanuel Tarpeh while Ledlum’s pace and skills will be missed down the other flank as the club will now have to depend on Sam Jackson who assisted over 20 goals all season.
However, the trio is expected to recover in time for the return leg at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on August 26.
LISCR FC Depart For Togo
Meanwhile, the Shipping Boys on Thursday August 8, departed the country to honor their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg match away at Maranatha Football Club of Togo.
A 30-man delegation was expected to depart the country via the Roberts International Airport and land in Accra, Ghana before taking a four-hour bus ride to Lomé, Togo. However, the Kenyan Airlines informed the club that departure time was being delayed by at least seven hours.
The delegation is headed by Charles Massaley, president of Muscat FC and includes, the club’s vice president for operations (VPO), 18 players, seven technical staffs members including the doctor and masseur, the club’s public relations officer and three other members. Added to the 30-man delegation, is the club’s Secretary General Swen Bedell, who left for Togo on Wednesday, August 7 to secure an ideal accommodation and other match related activities.
The team will return to Liberia on Monday, August 12.
Full list of delegation:
1. Charles Massaley-Head of Delegation
2. Ignatius Kikeh – VPO
3. Jeremiah Sackor- Member
4. Melvin Gobah- Member
5. Swen Bedell- Secretary General
6. T. Kla Wesley Jr- Public Relations Officer
7. Tapha Manneh- Head Coach
8. Stephen Tarr- Assistant Coach
9. Jerry Bing- Goalkeeper Coach
10. Zayzay Kollie- Team Manager
11. Bomo Kollie- Team Doctor
12. Emmanuel Smith- Messeur
13. Hassan George- Kitman
14. Tommy Songo – Player
15. Armah Moore- Player
16. Kemoh Kamara – Player
17. Emmanuel Tarpeh – Player
18. William Lape – Player
19. John Momo – Player
20. Darius Kah – Player
21. Michael Temeh – Player
22. Benjamin Doe – Player
23. Armah Vaikainah – Player
24. Maliki Kromah – Player
25. Markey Morgan – Player
26. Curtis Koon – Player
27. Amadiah Kawah – Player
28. Marlon Harrison – Player
29. Sam Jackson – Player
30. Mark Karly – Player
31. Kelvin Kollie – Player