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James Salinsa Debbah appointed Lone Star Head Coach

By Kolubah Zayzay
Liberia's Most celebrated, James Salinsa Debbeh(right) with the FA President, Musa Bility
Liberia's Most celebrated, James Salinsa Debbeh(right) with the FA President, Musa Bility

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Nov. 25, 2014)-Liberia’s “all time” goal scorer, James Salinsa Debbah, and has been appointed Head Coach of Liberia’s Senior National Football Squared, the Lone Star.

Debba’s former team mate, Kelvin Sebwe, was also appointed Deputy Head Coach of the Lone Star. 

Debbah and Sebwe were appointed to the top football posts Friday, November 22, 2014 by the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Hassan Bility.

The LFA top Executive said: “The former Lone Star Captain, along with his Deputy, is charged with the responsibility of rebuilding a national team capable of coping with international competitions.”

The former Mighty Barrolle and PSG striker takes over from Lone Star’s Italian coach, Roberto Landi, whose coaching spell with the Lone Star of Liberia ended recently.

Last year, Debbah expressed interest in contesting the LFA Presidency.

His appointment to the position, followed weeks of coaching training in Monrovia, where he earned a CAF License ‘B’ Certificate.

The CAF License B certificate qualifies an individual to serve as head coach of a Senior National Football Team in major competitions.

Debbah did not participate in the LFA March, 2014 elections, because of the local FA’s rules and regulations.

The Liberian football Icon captained the Liberian National Football Team in 1998, during the Nations Cup qualifiers.

Several other members (players) of the squad, popularly known in Liberia as “George Weah Eleven,” were also named to manage the National Youth Teams.

Other teams of coaches appointed include, former National Team Right Back, Varmah Kpoto, -Head Coach of the Under-14, assisted by Jonah Sirwah.

Former Midfielder /Defender, Joe Nagbe, -Head Coach, and former Defender, George Gebro -Assistant Head Coach of the Under-17 National Team.

The Under-20 National Team will be managed by former Arsenal (English Club)/Liberian Forward, Christopher Wreh, and former Midfielder, Oliver Markor, as Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach, respectively.

Thomas Kojo and Janjay Jacobs now take charge of the under-23 side as Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach, respectively.

Making the appointments Friday, Liberia Football Association President, Musa Hassan Bility, said: “Football in Liberia has come through tough times and, as such, it was logical, after many trials with oversea managers, to turn to those in Liberia.”

“We considered these past national team players as the only examples of success in the country’s football history.”

The LFA President also said: “The former players agreed to take on the task to coach the national teams, following series of consultations with local football authorities.”

“The appointment of the new coaches was blessed by the Liberian Government through the Sports Ministry,” Mr. Bility added.

The new coaches are to build formidable national teams that would bring the necessary results, but not for mere participations.

The Liberian National Teams, including all Senior and Youth Teams, have had poor showings in international competitions, following the dissolution of the famous “George Weah Eleven” Squared.

The decision to dissolve the squared was reached, after the 2002 Nations Cup finals in Mali.

Since that time, the country has appointed several oversea coaches, with all of them failing to bring the needed results.

Mr. Bility told the new team of coaches: “Your tasks also include recruiting the right players and making sure they are disciplined to play for the Liberia.

Responding after his unveiling to the media as the Liberian National Team’s new Head Coach, Mr. Debbah said: “People should not see him as the “Messiah” for the Liberian National Team.”

He said: “With total collaboration between and support from the Government and the citizens, the country’s national team will return to the glory days.”

Debbah had been critical of the Musa Bility-led Administration for the alleged maladministration of football in Liberia.

He commended the football authorities for their preferment saying: “We are very optimistic that the teams of coaches appointed today will work hard to bring the results the Liberian people desire.”

“This is the beginning of a bright and prosperous future in Liberia’s football history. We believe hard work, commitment and professionalism will put us back on the international stage,” the “most celebrated star” further noted.

“We know the Liberia people’s expectation will be high, but this is not just an event, rather a process,” he concluded.

 


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