WESTERN BUREAU:Struggling FC Reno will have to find a way to avoid relegation, says the club’s head coach, Michael Graham, after watching his team give up a one-goal lead to title chasing Humble Lion in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League.”I am a little disappointed because at 1-0 up and playing well in the first half, we came out flat in the second-half and allowed Humble Lion too much time on the ball and a goal we were dreading happened,” stated Graham.Reno are precariously perched just above the relegation zone with 31 points in 10th place, but have breathing room between themselves and red zone teams Rivoli United (23) and Waterhouse FC (22).That, however, is no comfort to the ambitious Graham, who believes winning a paltry seven matches out of 27 is not good enough for the three-time League winners.According to Graham, the club’s rich history and the passionate diehard supporters demand more from their players.”We know where we are letting down the fans. We have an all-round decent squad of players, but for some reason, we cannot get the ball into the net. We tend to create plenty chances in match situations and score few.”That is why we are not doing as well as we would like, and it’s hurting the club’s prospects going forward,” reasoned Graham.Roshane Sharpe has taken on the club’s goal-getter role, netting his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s match against Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.biggest headacheHowever, it’s in defence that Graham has the biggest headache. Reno have conceded 40 goals in all this season, making them the league’s second-worst defensive team behind ninth-placed Boys’ Town FC (43).”We realised that we are not doing a good job in defence, even though we have who I consider good players in there. We are not scoring enough, and on the other hand, we are conceding too many,” Graham said.”That is a recipe for disaster, and the club can do without that at the moment. However, we still have some critical matches ahead of us, so we must give our all to put ourselves at least mid-pack at the end of season,” added Graham.
Colonel Anthony K. Souh, Director General of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), has commended the United States government for its continued support to Liberia through the DEA.Col. Souh made the commendation yesterday at the DEA headquarters in Fiamah, Sinkor during a farewell program hosted in honor of Madam Sally Schlegel, outgoing Country Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.INL works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries including Liberia deliver justice and fairness by strengthening its police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores. Based on this, Col. Souh described the U.S. government as the brains behind the transformation of the LDEA to attain their present level of international standard.He then used the occasion to caution officers of the LDEA to stand firm in combating dangerous drugs in the country to save young Liberians from being contaminated by the use of various forms of illicit drugs.In her remarks, Madam Sally Schlegel praised the administration and employees of the LDEA for the level of support they accorded her during her tenure with the agency. She added: “I had good working relationship with the DEA.”Schlegel has now been replaced by Amy Schmisseur, another female American, as the new Country Director of the INL. She was briefly introduced to the DEA administration. Madam Schmisseur expressed her gratefulness for coming to Liberia and to work alongside the LDEA in order to make the entity more viable and stronger in their collaborative fight against drug-trafficking.She then lauded the efforts of the LDEA Director General “for his brilliant work to curtail the influx of illicit drugs into the country…prior to my coming, I was already informed about the good job the LDEA was doing by their actions to fight the importation of illicit drugs and its associated crimes on a daily basis.” Madam Schmisseur said fighting dangerous drugs suspected traffickers is something that needs consolidated effort by everyone, noting, “I will assist the LDEA in its drive to ensure that the necessary logistical and other supports to enhance their work are available.” The ceremony was climaxed with the gowning of outgoing INL Country Director Schlegel by the DEA for her “invaluable services rendered the agency over the years.” She served in Liberia from a little over four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)