Am Not Under Pressure From Anybody”-Coach Smith
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 02:40
Written by Our Senior Staff
Monrovia-The head coach of the Senior National soccer team
of Liberia, Lone Star, Kaetu Smith says he is not under
pressure from anybody to carry out his duties, after
Liberia’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Senegal in the Brazil
2014 World Cup Qualifiers over the weekend.
Coach Smith said he is not a civil servant, meaning, he can
be fired by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) at any
given time if he fails to produce the needed results.
Addressing reporters at the LFA headquarters in Monrovia
Tuesday, Coach Smith said he takes full responsibility for
the 3-1 thrashing of Lone Star, noting that the team created
too many goals scoring opportunities, but was able to find
the back of Senegal’s net once. He added that such
performance is not good for the team if they are to qualify
for the 2014 world cup slated for Brazil.
Coach Smith explained that one of the reasons for which
Liberia lost to Senegal was because the players did not
understand his tactic which was used during the match.
“We did not respond to the tactic that was used well and so
we lost the momentum of the match, it took us too long to
respond to the game, but the overall performance of the team
was encouraging. The fact is, the job of a coach is to work
to improve your team, but not to grade your players”, he
“We need to improve our style of play and so we are
embarking on things that will help the players in front of
goal, and we will be working on the midfield and defense as
well, they need to improve a little bit”, Coach Smith
He added: “We were not patience and so we conceded a
penalty, two yellow cards, one red card and three goals, and
so we are currently working on the defense and other parts
of the team to be able to improve ourselves for Sunday’s
match against Angola”.
The Lone Star Boss further stated that there was no
misplacement of players during the match as the 4-4-2 system
has nothing to do with the lost, disclosing that there is no
plan to call for additional foreign based players. He stated
that a coach should make use of the players that he has, and
that is what he is doing right now.
Meanwhile, the Lone Star Coach said Sekou Jabateh Oliseh and
Tonia Tisdell are responding well to treatment and they are
expected to be fit for Sunday’s encounter against Angola in