The Inquirer (Monrovia)

14 February 2013

Liberians, Former Players Mourn Seaton's Death

Liberians including former players of the Liberia National team, the Lone Star of Liberia are mourning the untimely Death of Frank Jean Seaton, one of Liberia's most celebrated soccer stars who was pronounced dead recently in Monrovia.

According to sources, Seaton died at the Dousa Hospital in Firestone, Margibi County after fallen off from a protracted heart attack which led to his untimely death. Many Liberians are yet to believe the death of Seaton since the news came out.

According to James Salinsa Debbah, Liberia's most celebrated star, who played along with Frank Seaton on the senior national team, he was shocked to have heard about the death of Seaton. "Seaton's dead! Frank Jean Seaton is not dead, he is in comatose but he is definitely going to recover," said Mr. Debbah in surprised mood.

Rebutting to a story that was aired on a local radio talk show before the death of Seaton, Debbah said, "This is a rebuttal to the story that was aired today regarding the ultimate demise of my friend and brother, I have been with Frankie at the hospital the last couple of days, and to be quite frank he has shown tremendous sign of recovery, by the grace of the Almighty God this gentle soul will rise again," Debbah intimated.

Mason Gray, recalled Seaton as an underrated player. "Some use to say he wasn't a good player for Liberia but for me he was one of Liberia Lone Star's best strikers and went on to make his fortune from football and became one of Liberia's most successful player in Asia," he stated.

He furthered, "I had the first opportunity to meet with him personally in 2003 when I was called as a refugee boy to represent my beloved Liberia. My best time with him was in 2008 when I played along with him for a Malaysian club call "Kuala Lumpur FC" in Indonesia," Gray stated.

"In that game, he gave me all the necessary support and courage as a senior player. Seaton was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning at the Firestone Medical Hospital," he went on.

Seaton was born on October 24 1975 and spent most of his football career in Asia. The former Liberian International played for Esperance in Tunisia, as well as clubs in Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Hungary and Sweden.

Seaton was a popular player with the Perak fans, who nicknamed him Booker T, a wrestler from the famed WWE. He scored 69 goals from 77 matches while playing for Perak. He also played for Indonesian side Persis Solo.

Seaton was a long-time member of the Liberia National Team. He was a member of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations squad. One of his best moments for Lonestar came with the first goal, a header that put Liberia in the lead towards a 3-1 victory against Ghana in Accra. He was also part of the Liberian squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

For LFA Vice President Musa Shannon, he described the death of Seaton as heartbreaking and a big blow to the nation and its people. According to Shannon, Seton succumbed to death at the Dusa Hospital in Harbel Margibi Magibi County early Tuesday morning after suffering form Heart blood pressure for several days.

"As I speak to you, I'm downhearted for my comrade death and I will really miss him for his friendly deportment toward his fellow's men and may his soul rest in peace." Shannon stated.

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