Coach Butler Reveals 22-Man Squad for Int’l Friendlies, Strikers Otu, Sackor, Others Omitted

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The manager of the Liberia National Football team,  Peter James Butler has named a 22-man squad for two international friendlies with Mauritania and Libya.

The friendlies with Mauritania and Libya are intended to strengthen the Lone Stars for their World Cup qualifiers which will kick-off in September away to the Nigeria Super Eagles.

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Butler and his men will take on Mauritania on 11 June and Libya on 14 June. The two matches will be played in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

The squad which is made up of 12 local based stars along with 10 overseas players has Augustine Otu and Terry Sackor’s names shockingly omitted.

The pair finished as the respective first and second top scorers in the just ended Orange National First Division League. Otu was named the league’s highest scorer with 22 goals. His closest contender, Terry Sackor, also hit a milestone of 20 league goals.

The latter helped his side LPRC Oilers retained their crown for a second successive time after finishing top of the stairs with 46 points from 22 league games.

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The duo were dropped by Butler only to name Nimba Kwado’s Alloy Brown who finished third behind Otu and Sackor in terms of goal scoring.

Despite a remarkable season performances from the Watanga and Oilers hitmen, their caliber did not fit in the Englishman squad.

Brown recently helped Liberia won the inaugural edition of the Mano River Union (MRU) play for peace tournament in Sierra Leone, by scoring all two goals to ensure that Liberia beat host Sierra Leone win the trophy.

Aside dropping Otu and Sackor, there were other notable names omitted including the likes of Teah Dennis (31 caps) and Alvin Mccornell (13 caps).

Butler has been heavily criticized for leaving down the two highest scorers of the domestic top-flight as well as Dennis and Mccornell.

The 54-year-old English tactician has played 9 games since taking over as head coach of the Liberia national football team.

He has won 3, drawn 2 and lost 4 games in his one-and-a-half-year spell with the Lone Stars and his current contract is expected to expire this August, but there has been rumuor of talks between the Coach and the FA for a possible renewal.

The delegation is expected to leave Monrovia for Tunis on Sunday, 6 June.

Here is the full squad list:

Goalkeepers: Ashley Williams (RB Linense, Spain), Tommy Songo (LISCR FC) and Morlik Keita (Mighty Barrolle)

Defenders: Prince Balde (KF Feronikeli, Kosovo), Othello Bah (Miami FC, United States of America), Sampson Dweh (LPRC Oilers), Daniel Paye (Bea Mountain) and Jeremy Saygbe (LISCR FC)

Midfielders: Festus Blapoh and Benjamin Sackor (Monrovia Club Breweries); Allen Njie (FC Aarau, Switzerland), Oscar Murphy Dorley (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Seth Kanteh Hellberg (IK Brage, Sweden), Armah Vaikannah (LISCR FC), Marcus Macaulay (Al Jeel Club, Saudi Arabia), David Tweh (Rukh Brest, Belarus) and Frederick Dennis (Tony FC)

Forwards/Wingers: Edward Ledlum and Ketu Jerbo (Bea Mountain); Alloy Brown (Nimba Kwado), Kpah Sherman (Kedah Darul Aman FC, Malaysia) and Peter Wilson (Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala, Poland).

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