Liberia’s Russian-based forward Sylvanus Nimley’s fourth goal in the 2018 Russian National Football League could not have come anytime better than midweek, after he scored a late goal to rescue a point for Spartak Moscow II in a 2-2 stalemate against Luch Vladivostok on Wednesday, October 24.
Spartak were down 2-1, with little or no time left to play, and the 20-year-old Liberian forward scored in the 90th minute after smartly cutting through to connect with teammate Rudkovsky Egor’s through-pass and hit it past goalkeeper Kotlyarov Alexander.Spartak took the lead in the 12th minute through Vladislav Panteleev before Pauel Golyshev leveled the scores in the 21st minute to end the first half 1-1. Luch took the lead for the first time after Nail Zamaliev struck from outside the penalty area to make it 2-1 against Spartak.
However, Spartak kept pushing for an equalizer with Nimley coming close in the 73rd minute with a strike, but a little inaccurate, before scoring the long-awaited equalizer 13 minutes later.
“Not the result we were counting on, but it was a real battle! I am proud of you,” Nimley posted on his official Instagram page.
Nimley, second from right, alongside Lone Star teammates during a training session in Brazzaville, Congo (Photo: Anthony Kokoi)
Wednesday’s match was Nimley’s first after returning for international duty with the national team back-to-back outing against Congo Brazzaville in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers. In the first leg, he was introduced in the 82nd minute, replacing LISCR midfielder Saah Nyumah when the Lone Star lost 3-1 in Brazzaville. He was left on the bench as an unused substitute in the return leg after Lone Star secured their first victory. Nimley has now made it 4 goals out of 14 appearances in all completions for his club this season.
Nimley could form part of national team head coach Thomas Kojo’s squad for Lone Star’s next match against the Warriors of Zimbabwe on November 18, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.