MONROVIA, Montserrado – LISCR FC continues its buildup for the coming football season, with more additions made to the squad.
The Gardnersville club has announced the signing of four Gambian players from 12-time Gambian First League champions Real de Banjul and first league club, Bombada Football Club.
While LISCR’s Gambian head coach Tapha Manneh was enjoying his vacation with his family in the Gambia after a record debut season, the 52-year-old tactician did not forget to prepare his team for the upcoming season.
The club has announced that they have secured the services of the defensive duo, Arona Jabang and Adama Sabally, forward Bully Drammeh from Real de Banjul, in addition to striker Mustapha Njie from Bombada for an undisclosed amount. The Gambians signed three-year deals each with the Shipping Boys.
The new acquisitions mean that the club has added eight new names to their list since the close of the 2016-17 season. They have brought in Amadiah Kawah from Keitrace Football Club and former BYC players Mark Paye and Hilton Varney on a free transfer. Defensive midfielder Benjamin Doe was also promoted from their youth team, Gardnersville Football Club.
LISCR won the 2016-17 Liberia first division league and the FA Cup. They set a new record in Liberian football by becoming the only club to win the league unbeaten, playing 22 matches to win the First Division League. Their only defeat was in the semifinals of the FA Cup when the narrowly lost 3-2 to Keitrace FC in the first leg.
As champions of the First Division, the club will represent Liberia in the 2018 CAF Champions league which is believed to be their major target as they seek to enter the group stage of the competition.
Profile of New Players
Bully Drammeh – Born on July 15, 1995, the 22-year-old forward spent two years with Gambian First League team, Brikama United, before joining Real de Banjul in 2015. With Real de Banjul, the exciting left-footed winger established himself as a key player in the Gambia and quickly became the local football fans favorite. He’s been nicknamed the “Gambian Messi” for his brilliant left foot display on the pitch. Drammeh is a full international player, with three senior appearances made for the Gambian national team.
Adama Sabally – Sabally was born January 13, 1994 in the Gambia where he has developed as a footballer. The 22-year-old center defender was part of the Gambia under 17 team that won the gold in the Africa U-17 Nations Cup that was hosted in Algeria in 2009. Sabally was a member of the Real de Banjul that eliminated Barrack Young Controllers from the 2015 CAF Champions League. He has three Gambia First League titles to his name, two of which are with Real de Banjul.
Arona Jabang – Born on March 16, 1995, Jabang plays as a center defender and defensive midfielder. Like Sabally, Arona was part of the Real de Banjul team that knocked Barrack Young Controllers out of the CAF Champions League preliminary round before falling to Tunisian side, ES Setif, in the first round. He won the Gambia First League twice with Real de Banjul.
Mustapha Njie – Njie is the youngest of the four Gambians signed by LISCR FC. Born on May 16, 1996, Njie grew up in the Gambia, where he made his name in Gambian football with Bombada Football Club. He led the club to the top flight of Gambian football at the end of the 2013-14 and has been a key member of the squad that has retained their place in the top flight since.
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