SA 2013: Liberian FA Battles to Get Man City Star

20 Sep 2012

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Liberian-born Alex Nimley is on the books of Man City

Liberia Football Association President Musa Bility has confirmed that Liberian-born Alex Nimley who has featured for England at the youth level, could have his wish granted in 48 to 72 hours if football's world governing body, FIFA accepts his switch to play for his homeland, which could make him eligible for next month's crucial match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“We are trying to work out some formalities and we have already started the process. Hopefully we will hear something about our request within the next 48 to 72 hours,” said Bility. which first broke the story reported last week the Manchester City striker expressed interest and readiness to don the red, white and blue and was hoping that FIFA speed up the process that will make him eligible to play.

Now, according to the LFA boss, that could come in time for the return leg as the Nigerian Super Eagles.

“I am ready to play for the Lone Star. There is no turning back now, all I want is for the LFA to conclude with my father as he is just waiting for a call and then the paper works with FIFA which takes a very short period will be sorted out,” Nimley was quoted as saying.

During the first leg two weeks ago in Monrovia, the Lone Star forced the Super Eagles to a 2-2 draw making the second leg in October a must-win for both sides.

Speculations have heightened in recent days that Nimely’s father, who was reportedly stalling the switch, is now willing to allow his son play for Liberia. According to the report, he has decided to initiate the process by first giving every necessary information to fast track the deal.

This will enable the LFA to write Manchester City and the English FA regarding Nimely’s decision to switch allegiance with a copy sent to FIFA. FIFA will need letters from the English FA assenting that the player only played for them in the age grade cadre and not at senior level and from the player indicating he wants to switch nationality.

Nimely, 22, was born in Monrovia but moved to Cameroon in 2007 where he was spotted by an Englishman, who adopted and took him to London. In May 2008, Nimely turned down a request by German coach Antoine Hey to represent Liberia during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Liberia has been without natural strikers following the expulsion of Francis Forkey Doe and Dioh Williams and the technical team believes Nimely can fill the void.

If FIFA sanctions the switch, Nimely could make his debut when Liberia meet Nigeria in the second leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in October in Calabar with the tie levelled at 2-2. Ex-national star Christopher ‘wonder boy’ Wreh has been persuading the lad to don the red, white and blue jersey.

The completion of the switch could give Liberia a major boost coming of the heels of an impressive 2-0 victory against the Black Stars of Ghana and a two-all draw with the Super Eagles. Nimley’s intentions of switching allegiance adds to a laundry list of promising youngsters who pledged to play for European and American teams only to see their lack of playing time dashed their hopes.

Nimley acknowledged to last week that his decision was bolstered by Chelsea starlet Victor Moses. “I saw how Victor Moses process was done easily to play for Nigeria.

“You know by then he was at Wigan which is closer to Manchester, so I was able to follow the entire process. I also saw the Nigerian delegation that visited him there to complete the whole exercise,” the youngster indicated.

With Nimley’s switch appearing close at hand, calls are already beginning to heighten for Darlington Nagbe to abandon his American dream for Liberia. The son of former Lonestar great Joe Armstrong Nagbe is currently playing a starring role for the Portland Timbers in the US Major League Soccer.

Liberia is also looking to Ola John from Benfica. Ola played for the Dutch under 21 and is a great midfielder.

Tags: Sports, Nigeria, Featured, SA 2013, Liberia, MAN CITY

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