Zico Doe

Ezekiel Koffa "Zico" Doe is a retired Liberian football (soccer) player who played professionally in the American Professional Soccer League, Major Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League. He was the 1991 American Professional Soccer League Rookie of the Year.

Zico Doe
Personal information
Full name Ezekiel Koffa Doe
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1987–1989 Sangamon State University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Invincible Eleven
1990–1991 Cobras de Ciudad Juárez
1991 Colorado Foxes 17 (11)
1991–1992 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 8 (0)
1992 Miami Freedom 16 (4)
1992–1993 Denver Thunder (indoor) 32 (34)
1993 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 23 (12)
1994 Toronto Rockets
National team
Liberia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Doe played for several teams in Liberia including the Maryland County team, Yellow Boys and Invincible Eleven. In 1987, he moved to the United States to attend Sangamon State University. He had attended college in Liberia and enough of his credits transferred for him to enter Sangamon State as a sophomore.[1] In 1987, 1988 and 1989 he was a member of the NAIA national men's soccer championship: he was a 1987 Third Team and 1988 First Team NAIA All American.[2][3][4] He was also the 1988 Most Valuable Player.[5]

Doe played for Cobras de Ciudad Juárez in Mexico during the 1990–1991 season.[6] In 1991, he returned to the United States and signed with the Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League.[7] He was the league's third leading scorer, selected for the first APSL All-Star Team and was named the 1991 Rookie of the Year.[8] That fall, he joined the San Diego Sockers of the Major Soccer League. He played limited minutes in three games before being released in December to make room for Mirko Castillo.[9] In February 1992, The Sockers signed Zoe to the reserve team. In March, he began seeing first team games and played through the 1992 playoffs. The MSL folded at the end of the season and the Sockers went into hiatus as the team ownership considered various league options. As a result, Doe played the 1992 outdoor season with the Miami Freedom.[10] In the fall of 1992, he signed with the Denver Thunder of the National Professional Soccer League. In 1993, he played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[11] In 1994, he played for the Toronto Rockets. He later returned to Springfield, Illinois where he played for the amateur indoor team, the Springfield Spirits.[12]

International career

Zoe played frequently for the Liberia national football team. He broke his leg during a World Cup qualifier against Kenya in January 1989.

Personal life

In August 2008, Doe married Vickey Korlewala.[13]

References

  1. "DOE NOT 1-MAN ATTACK, BUT HE'S NOT FAR FROM IT" State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) Saturday, 29 October 1988
  2. "Doe`s Goal: Liberate Family From Liberia Strikers Forward Came To U.s. From War-torn Country". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "Awards". www.nscaa.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. Inc., Advanced Solutions International,. "Awards". www.nscaa.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. NAIA men's soccer Most Valuable Player Archived 24 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Apsl Lean". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. "APSL 1991 Season". a-leaguearchive.tripod.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. "The Year in American Soccer, 1991". homepages.sover.net. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. "Release of Zico irks Sockers' players" Evening Tribune (San Diego) Friday, 6 December 1991
  10. "APSL 1992 Season". a-leaguearchive.tripod.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. "APSL 1993 Season". a-leaguearchive.tripod.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  12. "OWSLEY, DOE LIFT SPIRITS" State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) Sunday, 26 February 1995
  13. "Former Liberian Soccer Star Ezekiel Doe Weds Vickey Korlewala in Minnesota". www.theliberianjournal.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
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