MONROVIA – Although he was born in Sweden, Liberia’s Seth Hellberg has confirmed his commitment to the Liberian national team.
Hellberg has announced that his decision to commit his future to Liberia was influenced by the country’s president and one of Africa’s greatest footballers, George Weah.
The 24-yar-old made his debut for Liberia during their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone, having been selected by new manager Peter Butler.
Media reports indicate that the call-up follows a strong season with IK Brage in the Swedish league, where he has tended to move between the top two divisions in his career.
“I feel amazing. It was a dream come true to play for Liberia,” Hellberg told BBC Sport.
“I have been in Sweden all my life and I was raised by my mum like a Liberian.
“So I always feel like a Liberian. I first came to Liberia in 2008 and 2013. I feel closer to the people here than in Sweden.
“The name George Weah was a big influence and factor so I didn’t hesitate when Liberian Football Association executive Henry Flomo approached me in Sweden and came over to see me play for my club.
“Weah has done so much for Liberia on the pitch and any aspiring footballer, especially from Liberia, will want to follow his footsteps.”
Speaking on his decision to include the youngster in his squad, the former Botswana coach was left to praise the Belgium-based player.
“Seth had a fantastic performance over two legs, especially playing in Africa for the first time. He did a great job for the team in attacking and defending,” Butler said.
“Oscar Dorley is 21. Allen Njie and Mohammed Sangare are just 20. So they were excellent in midfield and will play a major part together with other young players.”
Meanwhile, the Lone Stars are set to face Chad in their upcoming 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against next month.