Liberia coach Butler names six debutants for friendly games in Turkey

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Six new players have been called up to the Liberia national team squad for this month’s friendlies in Turkey.

England manager Peter Butler called up 23 players for three friendly matches in Antalya towards the end of the month, the Liberian Football Association said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mohamed Cherif Diallo, who plays for Derthona in Italy, is the only expatriate player to receive his first Lone Star call-up.

The rest of the new players work for top-flight teams in the country, including Junior Yeanay and Allenton Sembeh.

The other new players called up by the England tactician are Frank Allison, Emmanuel Reyah and Prince Zawoh as they will also be playing their first senior international appearances.

Exciting star Divine Roosevelt Teah is hoping for his second cap for the national team after impressing on his debut six months ago.

Teah was the top scorer in the 2-0 friendly win against Egypt on 30 September at Alexandria’s Borg El Arab Stadium.

US-based Joel Johnson and England-based Mohammed Sangare return to the squad for the three games in Turkey.

Liberia, who have been in contention for an Africa Cup of Nations appearance since the 2002 tournament in Mali, hope to use these games to prepare for qualification for next year’s tournament in Ivory Coast.

According to the Liberia Football Association, the Lone Star will play Benin on March 24, Sierra Leone on March 27 and Burundi on March 29.

squad

Goalkeeper: Allenton Sembeh (Bea Mountain), Junior Yeanay (Nimba Kwado) and Derrick Julu (Watanga FC)

Defender: Jamal Arago (Sabail, Azerbaijan), Mark Pabai (SPAL, Italy), Prince Balde (Drita, Kosovo), Sampson Dweh (LPRC Oilers), Joel Johnson (Hartford Athletic, USA) and Emmanuel Reyah (Muscat FC)

Midfield player: Abrahim Mohammed Soumaoro (PAEEK FC, Cyprus), Moussa Sanoh (Mioveni, Romania), Seth Kanteh Hellberg (IK Brage, Sweden), Oscar Murphy Dorley (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Allen Njie (FC Aarau, Switzerland), Mohammed Sangare (Newcastle United U-23, England) and Frank Allison (Freeport FC)

Forward: Justin Paul Salmon (Degerfors IF, Sweden), Mohamed Cherif Diallo (Derthona, Italy), Kpah Sherman (Terengganu, Malaysia), Peter Wilson (Olympiakos Nicosia, Cyprus), Ayouba Kosiah (NAC Breda, Netherlands), Divine Roosevelt Teah (Nimba FC) and Prince Zawoh (Nimba United)

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