Liberia’s National Team Coach Peter Butler Calls 30 Local Players For Training

Liberia's Head Coach Peter Butler

As part of preparation for the upcoming international fixtures, Coach Peter Butler has invited 30 local players to begin training at the SKD Practice Pitch in Paynesville.

The decision of the Brit and his technical staff followed the African Cup of Nation (Afcon) 2023 Qualifiers draw which was held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 19 April and the Chan draw which was held recently.

Notably, Watanga center half Amara Kamara who joined from the Championship mid-season and won the 2022 ORANGE National 1st Division League made the provisional cut, while fellow teammates Farsedu Logan and Kelvin Barclay are also in.

Liberia’s British coach Peter Butler (2L) speaks with his players

Muscat’s Emmanuel Reyah is in following his inclusion on the trip to Turkey last month, and there are call-ups for rookies Clifford Togba and Mason Goe both of Cece United who won the 2nd Division league and automatic promotion to league one next season.

1st Division top goal scorer Prince Zawoh of Nimba United gets the nod of Butler, while teammate Divine Teah was also inclusive, and Bea Mountain’s Ketu Jerbo including Edward Ledlum and 2nd Division top scorer Mark Yallah of Muscat are also in.

Liberia was paired in Group K of the Afcon 2023 Qualifiers with 1976 African Champions Morocco, the 1996 winners South Africa and Mozambique who have had four previous appearances at the tournament.

Below is the full complexion of Coach Butler’s provisional 30 players that started training last week Friday, April 29, 2022, at 10:00Hrs GMT.

Goalkeepers: Songo’s Tommy (LISCR), Sembeh Allenton (Bea Mountain), Julu Derrick (Watanga), and Yeanaye Junior (Nimba Kwado)

Defender: Gaye Fred (M.C. Breweries), Nagbo Prince (Nimba Kwado), Williams Carlos (Watanga), Kamara Amara (Watanga), Mantor Josephus (Nimba Kwado), Kamara Kemoh (Bea Mountain), Dweh Sampson (LPRC Oilers), Reyah Emmanuel (Muscat), Kennedy Prince (Mighty Barrolle), and Togba Clifford (Cece United).

Midfielders: Goe Mason (Cece United), Nyumah Saah (Invincible Eleven), Barclay Kelvin (Watanga), Knowlden Josephus (Watanga), Logan Farsedu (Watanga), Andrew Nicholas (Mighty Barrolle), Nyanamah Julius (Nimba Kwado), Ledlum Edward (Bea Mountain), Jerbo Ketu (Bea Mountain), Allion Frank (Freeport FC), and Teah Divine (Nimba FC).

Forwards: Yallah Mark (Muscat), Zawoh Prince (Nimba United), Dweh Patrick (Freeport), Freeman Chauncy (Watanga), and Freeman Gibson (Freeport).

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