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Lone Stars’ Zah Krangar calls out Uganda Cranes

By Ralph Geeplay       Liberian Soccer Star, Zah Rahan Krangar

When the Liberian Lone Stars meet the Ugandan Cranes on Sunday,  March 24, at the Monrovia Sports complex in Paynesville, one thing is certain to go down. It’s going to be lots of firewooks. While Scotsman Bobby Williamson has been drilling his troops for the showdown, reports out of the Liberian camp says the Liberian players, assembled under interim Coach Frank Jericho Nagbe are in high spirits, and are also itching for a fight on their home turf. According to reports, maestro Francis Forkey Doe and rugged ball pusher of Mamelodi Sundowns, hit man, Anthony Laffor have rejoined the team.

Sounding the notice and calling out the Ugandan Cranes even before the Lone Stars went to camp was Zah Rahan Krangar, who has the habit of backing up his threats with action on the pitch, telling the East Africans the moment he had the chance to talk that they were in trouble when when they landed that in Western Africa.

When sports commentators write about Krangar, they always called him “dimunitive.” Krangar, however, has shown that “size and height and scoring goals are three different things and the record is there to back him up,” says a sports writer, “especially since he scored three important goals in less than a week against tough teams in the run up to the Afcons’ tournament held this year.”

Former Liberian Coach Kaetu Smith had a lot of faith in Kranger, after he (Krangar) was called to the national team last year by Smith. The forward expressed his gratitude by telling LiberianSoccer.com, “I only want to use my current form to help my country qualify for the 2012 nation’s cup in the crucial game against group leader, Cape Verde.” Liberia did not make the nations’ cup in South Africa, “but he caused some noise, showing he backed up his words; and the fans and sports writers took noticed,” added a journalist.

Zah Krangar, true to himself,  picked the pockets of a really excellent Ghanaian team twice that boasted Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew, scoring two quick goals against the formidable Ghana Black Stars, also semifinalist during this year’s Afcons tournament held in South Africa.

Also, during the Nigerian match, Krangar showed stealth, but would count himself unlucky when he headed a ball towards the goal beating the Nigerian ace goalie, Enyeama before hittiing the woods as the rock rebounded. Another effort by the “dimunitive player” also skimmed the goal post by inches going through the sides of the nets. The home fans thought Krangar had scored a goal. The game eventually ended in a 2-2 draw.

Krangar has proven that the bigger the competition and the stage the more he comes out fighting to show that he belongs when the big boys suit up to play. Sunday would certainly present another chance, because he has not been shy to rally the troops, as he did recently when he called his team mates to action to take the match to the East Africans. “We have to be united…I am hopeful of a win…though I don’t know how many goals we will score to beat the Ugandans on Sunday.”

Krangar warnings were heard all the way in Uganda; when the Citizen said in a lead banner: “Liberian midfielder warns Ugandans of home defeat.” The paper went on “…Zah Rahan Krangar, who is regarded as ‘dimunitive’ {clinical finisher} because of his double, which ensured Liberia’s recent victory against the Black Stars of Ghana in an international friendly, has urged his colleagues to be positive for a win against Uganda Cranes on March 24.”

Against another East African side, Malawi, last year in a friendly match that was a prelude to the thrilling clash against the Nigerian Super Eagles, was Krangar’s 88-minute goal that sealed the deal for the Lone Stars, as they extinguished the Flames in a breathtaking 1-0 victory at the Antoinette Tubman stadium in Monrovia.

Liberia: Sekou Jabateh, Boakai Foday, Patrick Wleh, Francis Grandpa Doe, Patrick Gerhardt Nyema, Solomon Grime, Alseny Keita, Ansu Toure, Zah Krangar, Anthony Snoti Laffor, Theo Weeks, Tonia Tisdell, Nathaniel Sherman, Mulbah Urey, James Teah Dennis, Francis Jaleiba, Solomon Wesseh, Aloysius Samujelah, marcus Macauley, Prince Saydee and Isaac Pupo.

Uganda: Denis Onyango, Abel Dhaira, Denis Guma, Isaac Isinde, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joseph Ochaya, Henry Kalungi, Andrew Mwesigwa Said Kyeyune, Musa Mudde, Hassan Wasswa, Bobn Zirinusa, Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Mizito, Moses Oloya, Mike Mutyaba, Geoffrey Massa, Robert Sentongo, Emmanuel Okwi.
Ralph Geeplay is Editor & Publisher of The Liberian Listener (www.liberianlistener.com).

 

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