BY: Christopher C. Walker 0777898224/0886723075
The technical staff of the national team headed by Thomas Kojo has included Newcastle United under-23 midfielder Mohammed Sangare in his final list of foreign-based players invited for the match against Zimbabwe on November 18, 2018.
Coach Kojo has invited 11 foreign-based players for the squad to face the Warriors of Zimbabwe.
According to a release from the LFA, Newcastle United’s Mohammed Sangare has been added to the squad after sorting out work permit issues that kept him out of the last three games.
Sangare was named among the 13 players invited for Liberia vs DR Congo match in Monrovia but withdrawn due to his work permit.
Sangare was born in Liberia but has lived in England since he was 14 years of age.
Prior to the match, LFA Administrative Manger Sabastian Collins explained “Sangare has a valid Liberian passport but if he travels to Monrovia without his [residence] permit, getting back will give him problem,”
“We thought it would be in the best interest of all parties that he secures his document before coming to Monrovia.
“He tried to fast-track the issuance of his residence permit, which went missing – but it will be issued next week.”
According to report from England, the midfielder is expected to receive his permit before the Lone Star match with Zimbabwe on November 18, 2018 at home which means he will be available for selection.
Sangare has been cleared to play for Liberia after the UK Visas and Immigration approved his request to switch international allegiance to Liberia, the country in which he was born in by granting his resident permit.
Mohammad Sangare will have the opportunity to prove he merits a place in the Lone Star midfield, after the Newcastle teenager was granted a work permit to play for Liberia.
The 19-year-old Sangare played for England at youth level and was called up to the senior squad of Liberia for a pair of AFCON 2019 qualifiers, but was ineligible to play due to the Documents issues.
At one of his pre-match press conferences Thomas Kojo complained that Liberia is short of quality players and was disappointed he could not have Sangare in his lineup.
Sangare played 15 games and scored two goals for Newcastle’s under-23 in the Premier League Division 2 last season.
Liberia most win against Zimbabwe if they are to have a chance of reach the nations cup for the third time.
The LFA release named the foreign players called up for the match on Sunday as
Goalkeeper Boison Wynney de Souza, Joel Johnson Alajarin, team captain William Jerbo, Sam Garyahzon Johnson and Kpah Sean Sherman are among the 10 players playing outside Liberia named to the squad.
the rest are Anthony Snoti Laffor, Murphy Oscar Dorley, Tonia Tisdell, Sylvanus C. Nimely and Allen Njie.
Liberia plays Zimbabwe in a crunch Group H Qualifier which the country must win if it is to have a chance of reaching Cameroon 2019 Finals.