The Famous George Weah Eleven Takes Over Liberian Football…Debbah Appointed As National Team Head Coach
The all-time record goal scorer of Liberia James Salinsa Debbah has been appointed as the new head coach for the senior national football team of Liberia, the Lone Star.
He was appointed on Friday by the President of the Liberia football association (LFA) Musa Hassan Bility during a major press conference by the Football Association.
Mr. Bility said the former captain will be charged to rebuild a national team for Liberia that will be able to compete international competition.
The former Mighty Barrolle and Marseille striker takes over from the Italian coach Roberto Landi who ended his coaching spell with the Lone Star of Liberia recently by a mutual consent with the LFA.
Debbah who last year expressed interest in contesting for the LFA Presidency was named the head coach of the Senior National football team following weeks of training (coaching) in Monrovia where he earned a Caf license B certificate.
The Caf License B certificate, qualifies an individual to serve as head coach for a Senior National team in major competitions.
Debbah did not participate in those elections in March because of the Local FA rules and regulations.
James Salinsa Debbah who captained the Liberian national team during the 1998 Nations cup qualifier was appointed to the post along with his former team mate Kelvin Swebe as deputy, while several other individuals who played alongside James Debbeh on the squad known in Liberia as “George Weah Eleven” were named to manage the youth teams.
Liberia Football Association President Musa Hassan Bility making the appointments said “Football in Liberia has come through tough times as such it was logical after many trials (with oversea managers) to turn to those in Liberia who are the only examples of success (past national team players) in the history of Liberian Football”.
The LFA President said the former players agreed to take on the task to coach the national teams following series of consultations with local football authorities.
Mr. Bility added that the appointment of the new coaches was blessed by the government through the Sports Ministry.
The new coaches are to build formidable national teams that will compete in international competitions to bring the necessary results and not for mere participations.
Liberian national teams (ranging from the senior to all of the youth teams) have had poor showing in international competitions since the dissolution of the famous George Weah Eleven moments after the 2002 Nations Cup finals in Mali.
Since that time, the country has appointed several oversea coaches with all failing to bring the needed results.
Musa Bility told the new team of coaches that their task also includes the recruitment of the right players and make sure they are discipline to play for the country.
The appointees include, former National team right back Varmah Kpoto head coach of the Under-14, assisted by Jonah Sirweah.
Joe Nagbe and George Gerbro will manage the Under-17 team, while the Under-20 national team will be managed by former Arsenal (English Club) Liberian forward Christopher Wreh and he will be assisted by Oliver Markor.
James Debbah will take of the senior national team and will be assisted by Kelvin Swebe.
Responding after the unveiling of the new coach to the media, James Debbeh said people should not see him as the “Messiah” for the Liberian national team.
He said with total collaboration and support from government and the citizens, the country national team will return to the glory days.
Debbah who had been critical of the Musa Bility administration in the running of football in Liberia commended the football authorities for the preferment.
He said “I’m very optimistic that this is the beginning of a bright and prosperous future in Liberian football. The future I believed will put us back on the stage of international football. I know that the expectation of the Liberia people will be high on this appoint, but this is not just an event but a process.