Butler Names Sweden-born Liberian for Sierra Leone Clash
Monrovia – IK Brage midfielder Seth Kanteh Hellberg has been called-up by new Liberia coach Peter Butler.
The 24-year-old is one of 13 overseas based-players in the squad for next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifier with Sierra Leone outside Monrovia.
Hellberg, who plays in Sweden’s second tier, was born to a Liberian mother and Swedish father.
The 1.79 m (5 ft 10.5 in) midfielder joined Brage from Syrianska and also featured for Brommapojkarna from 2014-2016.
Hellberg, who has played in Sweden’s top three levels, has featured 19 times for Brage, who are fourth on the 16-team table, leveled on 37 points with Jonkopings and two points adrift of leaders Mjallby after 20 games.
Newcastle United under-23 midfielder Mohammed Sangare, who made his long-awaited debut away to DR Congo in March, is also in the squad.
Captain William Jebor, who recently moved to the United Arab Emirates and Belarus-based defender Eugene Swen, who last featured in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Ivory Coast in March, were recalled.
Veteran South Africa-based striker Anthony Laffor of Mamelodi Sundowns missed out due to injury.
Butler will name the local-based players after LPRC Oilers and LISCR FC’s Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup second leg ties this weekend.
Liberia will take on Sierra Leone on 4 September outside Monrovia with the return leg in Freetown on 8 September.
The full list of overseas based players
Defenders: Joel Johnson Alajarin (Charlotte Independence, United States), Eugene Swen (Energetik-BSU, Belarus) and Teah Dennis (South Samity, India)
Midfielders: Mohammed Sangare (Newcastle United under-23, England), Oscar Murphy Dorley (Slovan Liberec, Czech Republic), Seth Kanteh Hellberg (IK Brage, Sweden), Allen Njie (Grasshopper Club, Switzerland), Sylvanus Nimely (Spartak Moscow 2, Russia), Terrance Tisdell (Baroka, South Africa) nd Tonia Tisdell (Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus)
Forwards: William Jebor (Al Fujairah, United Arab Emirates), Kpah Sherman (PKNS, Malaysia) and Sam Johnson (Real Salt Lake, United States of America)