Fans at the Dansoman Carl Reindorf park gears for the new season without the blessings from their star forward, Latif Atta Blessing. The 18 goal hero in the past season has since left the shores of the country for a new chapter in the MLS after his impeccable goal scoring form rescued the Soccer lads from demotion.
The disappointed fans for the Scientific Soccer lads can however rely on their police corporal at the back to instil the fear of God into opponents when they arrive for league actions in the nation’s capital.
Set for a new aura in the managerial dugout, Liberty Professionals parted ways with George Lamptey at the end of the season , with Sellas Tetteh handed the hot seat in Dansoman. The management of the club then followed up the arrival of Sellas with several new faces in what can be called a massive overhaul of the playing staff.
The capital based side recalled two of their youngsters from division one side Okwawu United for the start of the 2017 top flight season. Defender Aikins Baffuor and Flavio Kongoza returned from loan spells with Okwawu United whiles David Offie and Ernest Papa Arko leads the new faces at the club. Papa returns to the Ghanaian championship after a brief spell with Egyptian side El Harby whiles unattached David Offei look set to take his place on the wide areas at the Carl Reindorf.
Top of the absentees for the Soccer lads will Latif Blessing , whose 18 goals rescued Liberty from the claws of division one football. A closing day hat-trick confined Liberty to another shot in the elite division in what a turbulent year for the Soccer lads.
If the absence of Blessings is seen as a massive lost, then what follows next can as well be described as fatal. From Edward Ebo Mends to Anthony Nimo, Felix Addo to Daniel Koddia or Sampson Addai to their then head coach in George Lamptey, one cannot be too wrong if you mistook Liberty for an academy side producing players for the elite clubs. The tenacity of Edward Ebo Mends crushed a number of midfield combination last season whiles Anthony Nimo enjoyed great success on the right back. Daniel Koddia earned his rightful place in the media landscape thanks to his energy level at the centre of the pitch. His cross town switch to Accra Hearts of Oak makes matters worst for the whites, with six regional derbies in the offing.
How ready is Liberty Professional to replace their 18 goals in the departed Latif Blessing? Granting that Corporal Samuel Sarfo Maldini succeeds in arresting opponents at the back, what is the guarantee that the goals will flow?
Sellas lifted the 2009 FIFA Under 20 world cup and it will not be that fatal if we tag his side as the Dark horses in the division.
Written by Saani Abacha