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In Liberia Vs. Togo Match:
Light TV Brings Grandpa Doe’s Goal to Light

By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

 

It’s been three weeks since the Lone Star of Liberia suffered a 2-2 draw with the Sparrow Hawks of Togo at the Antoinette Sports Stadium in Monrovia, but many Liberians are still arguing on the scorer of the Liberia’s first goal despite the presence of some world acclaimed international media like Being Sports, Pro Media, BBC Sports, among others.

The goal was attributed to Gizzie Dorbor, thanks to his perfect cross from the left wing. However, footages of the game released by Light Communications Investment, owners of Light TV (Channel 2, SATCON) have proven that Francis Grandpa Doe was robbed of his glory by the referee and the international media present.

Speaking to FOCUS Sports, the production assistant at Light TV, Flahn Kayeh said, “It beats my imagination despite the presence of some of the big international media, yet the argument still goes on.

So we at Light TV decided to release the video to prove that indeed it was Grandpa Doe who scored the goal. There is no argument about that, our footage is in HD (High Definition), it is very clear. We even have a slow motion effect just in case some still remain in doubt.”

Flahn continued, “Actually, it is not about proving that Grandpa Doe scored the goal. It’s about proving to soccer lovers in Liberia that we as a hundred percent Liberian TV channel can do better than some of the international media institutions.

All we need is the support. Once we have the sponsorship, we can bring all the local games live with quality pictures.”

Flahn told FOCUS Sports that Light TV has the passion to provide live coverage of the local league but has not been able to do so due to lack of sponsorship.

According to him, if well-meaning Liberians; football lovers, football clubs owners can support the broadcasting of the games.

“If football will develop in Liberia, it is necessary that there is huge investment in all football activities like the broadcasting of the games,” he added.

 
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Lone Star needs Wassaman FC Shot-Stopper against Tunisia

BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

 

With lots of Liberian Goalkeepers outside, showcasing their talents for other nation’s football clubs, the Lone Star still has the issue of goalkeeper problem.

Having seen the work rates of the local shot-stoppers Nathaniel Sharman, SaydeeSwen, JommySongoin the 2017 Afcon qualifier and with a match remaining, it now time that Coach James SalinsaDebbah bring in an outside experience.

Coach Debbah need to bring in Ghana’s First Division side, Wassaman’s shot-stopper , Melvin King who has sealed a half season contract for the away match against Tunisia in Tunis.

Goalkeeper Melvin King remains optimistic of his chances of making the Liberia squad for the last match in the 2017 Afcon qualifier against Tunisia despite his lack of international call ups for recent games.

The experienced goalkeeper has not been called up for Lone Star duty since the first leg Afcon qualifier defeat at the hands of Togo back in January.

Kink was the second choice goalkeeper to Nathaniel Sherman in the 2-1 away defeat to Togo in the Afcon 2017 qualifier’s opener.

The head of the Technical Staff told newsmen in Monrovia attributed reason behind the former Lone Star Under- (13, 14 &15) goal custodian call-up to he been unattached.

Now that he is attached, there is a need that he be call for the Tunisia match since it is a critical one and need experience goal keeper.

But King has joined Wassaman FC for their Second Phase engagement in the Ghanaian First Division which begins on June 29.

King says he is ever ready to return to national team duty once the opportunity avails itself.

“Mama Liberia is all I have; I have been willing all of the time to give my best for my country. It pains me when I find myself doing all I can to promote my club team and can't be call, it ready pained me. But there is time for everything.” He cries.

Wassaman is currently seated 7th places on the Ghana First Division league table and awaiting the second phase of the league.

King believes that all is not lost yet; Lone star can put up a draw in Tunisia because in football, anything can happen.

He calls on the National team Head Coach, James Debbah to put the broken pieces together and keep focus as well as the players to play by instruction.

He added that the players should detect the pace of the game before opening every department, because it is time for Liberia to be represented in the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

King who has recorded an experience of playing with some members of the famous George Weah Eleven, played as second choice to veteran goalkeeper Louis Crayton, Lati Jackson, and Saydee Swen of LPRC Oilers in 2007- 2008

 
 

Liberian Players Abroad :Teah Dennis close to Sawarak FA, Laffor to leave Downs after dispute

By Boy Dolo


The Lone Star skipper is likely to join Malaysian super League side Sawarak FA after he reportedly impressed the Club’s technical team on a week-long trial and Anthony Laffor could be on his way out of Mameloudi Sundowns as a result of a fallout with Pitso Mosimane.

Former Barrack Young Controller (BYC) captain Teah Baysah Dennis however faces tough challenge from four other European defenders who also went under the tryout.

But reports emanating from the club’s rank say the Liberia’s international, looks likely to fill in the remaining import slot available in the Crocs as Sarawak head coach; David Usop has hinted that he was impressed by what the 24-year old had to show so far.

However, the local Sarawakian coach declined to confirm that he would be signing the Liberian, saying that there is still ample time for him to look out for a few more options.

David has however indicated that Teah and the Crocs are still open to options, and there are more players coming to trial.

He also insisted that the door is not totally closed for another two on trial defenders, namely Vladimir Cardoba, Andrei Cardos, as he will only make a final decision in regards to the foreign import player after they return from their warm-up matches in West Malaysia.

Sarawak is now looking for an import player following the termination of Davide Grassi’s contract. The player last played for Al-Ahli Amman, a Jordanian Premier Club.

If the 24-year old manages to convince the Borneo side to sign him, he will be the fourth Liberia international to ply his trade in the Super League this season, alongside Felda United's Zah Rahan Krangar and Francis Doe, and Selangor's Patrick Wleh, all of whom are doing relatively well in the league.

Sarawak was given rave reviews by former player Patrick Gerhardt, and that has prompted his 24-year old countryman to come to Kuching to try his luck for a place with the Crocs this season.

Dennis has over 21 international caps for Liberia.

At the same time Kaizer Chiefs could snap up Mamelodi Sundowns star Anthony Laffor who is said to be unhappy at the Tshwane based team.

Laffor was left out of the Sundowns team that played in the Confederation of African Footbal (Caf) Champions League match at the weekend after reportedly reporting late for training.


The former Supersports United forward was away on national duty and did not reportedly come back at the scheduled time.

Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane said Laffor would have to be disciplined to avert a situation where all the players would do as they please in the team.

Chiefs are said to have already made enquiries on the availability of the attacker. He could also be released although Sundowns have an option to extend on his current contract.

Laffor won his second league medal with the club and fourth in South Africa this season.

He scored hat-trick at Tuks Stadium as Downs demolished Univ ersity of Pretoria 3-0. Laffor was delighted to help the Brazilians claim a record-extending seventh PSL title, having also twice won the league with former club SuperSport United.

According to South African online site Phakaaathi, there are more unhappy players at Sundowns who could seek a move elsewhere this season. The main reason for unhappiness is said to be the cutting off of bonuses in the team, with only the regulars benefitting from the club’s incentives.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:14

LFA Stands By James Debbah

LFA Stands By James Debbah

The Liberia Football Association says James Salinsa Debbah is still the head coach of the national soccer team, the Lone Star.

The LFA in a statement said news report on social media and www.ghanasoccernet.com about replacing Debbah is untrue.

LFA President Musa Bility said the football association stands by James Salinsa Debbah and his technical staff.

Bility said the LFA believes in the ability and capability of James Debbah to take the team to Tunisia and subsequently qualify for the finals of the African Cup of Nations.

“We have explicit confidence in James Debbah and his Deputy Kelvin Sebwe, and that confidence has not eroded,” the LFA President stated.

However, after Lone Star’s failure to have maintained their 2-0 lead against Togo, Coach Debbah said on an LBS radio program that he did not sign a contract with the LFA to take the national team to an African Cup of Nations tournament.

“I signed the contract to build a team,” Debbah said, and noted that the national team players could only play for 65 minutes, before fatigue sets in.

He also admitted to a question that most of the Lone Star players are not playing on a competitive level, since the majority are not in Europe; and even those who are there are not first team material.

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Four Referees Slapped with Suspension
….Await Referee Committee Investigation

 

 

By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe

 

Four referees that officiated in a Liberia’s 2015/2016 domestic championship match between Watanga and Nimba United on Saturday, June 18, 2016 have been suspended by Liberia Football Association (LFA’s) Refereeing Committee.

Center Referee, Christopher Nylander and his two assistant referees, Albert Swen and Cunningham Miller as well as reserve referee, Prince Ajavon, were suspended with immediate effect for alleged poor officiating of the said match.

The match saw the league defending champions; Nimba United missed a chance of to move second on the First Division table as they were pinned 1-0 by Ma watta WatangaFC.

The ‘Mountaineers’ were reduced by a man following Mustapha Lomell send-off in the 67th after he took issue with the referee on his decisions on the field.

The four Whistle blowers will be out of action until the outcome of the Referee Committee’s investigation.

The Referee Committee is expected to review the action of the center referee and his team of officials that handled the match on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The game finished 1-0 in favor of Watanga at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium but the LFA said it wants to investigate circumstances and events during the game.

Central referee Nylander was far from play to whistle for a hand ball that occurred in the mist of two United’s defenders, Phil Kawee and Prince Wilson and mid-fielder Darlington Philip.

The referee blew for penalty against United after Philips was erroneously thought to have handed the ball.

Adetu Evanonye got the equalizer for United in the 57th minute from Darlington Philip’s connection, but referee Nylander again blew for an offside.

The goal was amazingly disallowed on ground that the scorer was in an offside position.

According to FIFA, once a goalkeeper rebound a ball and the opposing player hit the ball in the net it is definitely a goal.

Mustapha Lomell send-off in the 67th minute reduced the Nimba County side to 10 men after he took issue with the referee on his decisions on the field.

The controversial calls by referee Nylander saw the defending champions hope to outstrip rival FC Fassell dashed with a defeat.

The loss has retained the ‘Mountaineers’ at the third position on the league table with 29 points, one point behind Fassell and five points adrift of Barrack Young Controller who also has a game at hand.

In order to get the truth of the matter, the Referee Committee will review video from the game and make an evaluation of the referees handling of the match as part of the investigation.

The game result will also be reviewed and investigated as well.
The ‘poor’ officiating by Liberia referees has been under the microscope by many club presidents, coach, players and club’s fans since the beginning of the second phase.

Many have complained the referees are not handling the league matches the right way.

Referees in every sports match are the gate keepers of the game. Their main job is to ensure that the game is being played according to the rules and regulations, and to intervene when necessary.

Meanwhile, LFA President Musa Hassan Bility will on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 meet with 1st and 2nd division clubs at the LFA Headquarters.

The two Vice Presidents of the LFA including the Chairpersons of the Technical and Competitions Committee as well as the Technical Director of the LFA will be attendance.

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LFA Stands by Debbah Trashes Ghanaian Media Report

MONROVIA, JUNE 17, 2016: The Liberia Football Association says James Salinsa Debbah is still the head coach of the National Soccer Team, the Lone star.

The LFA in a statement said news report on social media and the GHANASoccernet.com about replacing Debbah are untrue and lacks any substance.

LFA President Musa Bility said the football association stands by Debbah and his technical staff.

Bility said the LFA believes in the ability and capability of James Debbah to take the team to Tunisia and subsequently qualify for the finals of the African Cup of Nations.

“We have explicit confidence in James Debbah and his Deputy Kelvin Sebwe and that confidence has not eroded”, the LFA President stated.

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Liberia FA Consoles Nigeria Over Deaths of Keshi and Shaibu

     Monrovia - The Liberia Football Association (LFA) says it has been left distraught by the close deaths of two successful Nigerian coaches, who passed on with days of each other.

 

Shaibu Amodu died at the age of 58 on June 11 while Stephen Keshi died at the age of 54 on June 8, both from cardiac arrest.

In a message to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick, LFA President Musa Hassan Bility extended heartfelt condolences to the NFF, Nigerians at home and abroad and the bereaved families and love ones for the irreparable losses on behalf of the LFA executive committee and Liberians.

"As the people of Nigeria mourn the losses of two great [former] footballers, coaches and patriotic sons, I pray that God Almighty will continue to strengthen you during this period," Bility was quoted in a press release on the FA’s Facebook page.

Bility prays that Pinnick will have the courage and fortitude to accept the reality with renew hope and a deep sense of confidence that their deaths will continue to strengthen football in Nigeria.

About Keshi

Keshi earned more than 60 caps for Nigeria and won the 1994 Nations Cup, although injury prevented him from playing in the final against Zambia.

He made two appearances, including as captain for their semi-final win over Ivory Coast on penalties, but then Nigeria coach Clemens Westerhof refused to risk playing him in the final.

Later that year, Keshi was part of Nigeria's squad at the World Cup in the United States but another injury meant he played only once in the final group match against Greece.

Once his playing days were over he made the United States his home and went into semi-retirement.

His first coaching experience came when his daughter's elementary school were looking for a coach and she demanded that her father helped out and gave his number to the principal.

And so began his journey into coaching as he declared: "I was reborn and discovered it was something I could do."

It sparked his dream of one day coaching Nigeria but before he fulfilled that aim he took charge of both Togo and Mali and enjoyed success and disappointment in both posts.

Not many would have predicted that in his first job as a coach he could lead the previously unheralded Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals, ahead of Senegal and Zambia.

However, he would have to wait another eight years to lead a team at the World Cup finals because he was sacked by Togo just a few months before the tournament in Germany.

 

He lost his job after Togo crashed out of the Nations Cup in Egypt without winning a single game and was replaced by Otto Pfister for the World Cup.

Togo then re-hired him in 2007 but the Big Boss was unable to find the same success with the Hawks and moved on a year later.

Then while he was waiting for Nigeria to decide whether to offer him a job he was approached by Mali, a chance that he accepted.

More success came his way as he led Mali to the Nations Cup finals in Angola but again he was unable to lead them past the group stages.

Keshi finally got the call he had been hoping for in 2011 when the NFF asked him to coach the Super Eagles.

The next four years saw him earn his place in African football's history books but his stint was also beset by seemingly constant arguments with his employers.

He became only the second person to win the Nations Cup as a player and a coach and was also the first African to lead two different nations to the World Cup finals.

At the finals in Brazil in 2014 he led Nigeria to the second round and so is the only African coach to appear in the knockout phase of a World Cup.

But throughout this time there were constant rows with the NFF over unpaid salaries and several attempts to ease him out of the job, including reports the federation wanted to sack him during the 2013 Nations Cup finals.

Keshi eventually stayed on and led the Super Eagles to their fifth World Cup finals in Brazil, where they were eliminated in the second round, beaten 2-0 by France.

Again it appeared he had lost his job when he said his contract had not been renewed but once more he was persuaded to continue in his role.

Just a few months later it took the intervention of then-President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure Keshi remained in charge of the Super Eagles.

His time in charge eventually came to an end in July 2015 when he was sacked amid rumors he had applied to be Ivory Coast coach.

Keshi did not get that post and did not work as a coach again before his untimely death although he had once again begun looking for work.

After spending time to mourn the death of his wife of more than 30 years, he had started talks with South African club Orlando Pirates as well as the Guinea national team.

Keshi and his late wife Kate, who died last December after a battle with cancer, had four children.

Keshi is the fifth member of the so-called 'Golden Generation' of Nigerian footballers who won in 1994 to die after Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.

 

About Amodu

 

Amodu first shot to prominence when he guided Nigerian side BCC Lions of Gboko to win the now-defunct African Cup Winners Cup in 1990.

His team reached the final of the same competition the following year but lost to Zambian side Power Dynamos 5-4 on aggregate in 1991.

Three years later Amodu replaced Dutchman Clemens Westerhof as Nigeria coach in 1994 and then led reigning African Champions to fourth place at the 1995 King Fahd Cup (now renamed Fifa Confederations Cup) before his exit later that year.

 

He returned to manage the team again from 1998-99, 2001-02 and 2008-2010.

He helped the country to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and led them to a third-place finish in the 2002 Nations Cup.

Under his stewardship, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but Amodu was sacked despite the team's third-place finish at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

It was the second time he had been removed from his post ahead of a World Cup finals tournament - Amodu was also fired ahead of the 2002 edition after Nigeria finished third at the 2002 Nations Cup in Mali.

Despite his remarkable achievements as Super Eagles coach, Amodu had a turbulent relationship with the fans and his employers, with critics constantly questioning the team's style of play, his tactics and key decisions.

The NFF named him as the national technical director in May 2013 but his appointment was only confirmed in October 2014.

Fiery, highly respected by his colleagues, passionate, conservative and a man who possessed strong knowledge of the game, Amodu was always outspoken.

In his last interview with BBC Sport in March, Amodu cited all the problems blighting Nigerian football and was keen to sit down with his employers to proffer solutions.

"I must confess that all is not well with Nigerian football in terms of structure and funding. We really need to rejig the whole aspect of our football if we have to be serious and sustain development at a high level.

"I've been taking notes and these are some of the things I will bring up when I meet with the NFF," he told BBC Sport.

Amodu, who began his coaching career with BCC Lions and also handled rivals El-Kanemi Warriors, is the most decorated coach in Nigerian FA Cup history, having won it in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994.

 

He won the Nigeria League and Cup double in 1994, and won the Super Cup in 1989, 1993 and 1994. He also managed South African giants Orlando Pirates between 1996 and 1997.

 

Danesius Marteh, danesius.marteh@frontpageafricaonline.com

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“World’s least pay Coach Debbah” announces medical sabbatical

By Boy Dolo

 

The Lone Star Head Coach has announced he is taking a month-long break to seek medical attention.
James Debbah continued to put up defence amidst public outcry about his side dismal performance against Togo a fortnight ago outlining salary issue, experience and health problem as probable reasons why the team gave away one of the brightest advantages in football.

Liberia led Togo 2-0 in a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier where a win could have taken them one step in the final, but surrendered the lead with less than 20 minutes to go on June 5, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia.

During the match Debbah was glued in a white plastic chair and he was widely criticized for such action, but the Mighty Barrolle legend has shockingly disclosed he was ill during the encounter and could not stand up.

“I was admitted at ASPEN Medical in Sinkor for two days in the same week of the game. Doctors advised me not to even attend, but I have to come. I was seriously ill, that’s why you saw me seated all along, I could not even stand on my feet,” Debbah astoundingly told RCI Sports at the weekend.

Howbeit he was seen at every training session prior to the match and the news of his illness did not reach the media.

Debbah said as a result of this he is travelling to the United States to seek medication and was not definite as to when he will return as Liberia is expected to battle Tunisia on September 2,2016 in Tunis.

“I am taking a break to the US to seek medication. I was very sick prior to the game, but nobody said anything about it, but all is criticism. I need to concentrate a little, I need a rest and I can’t tell when I will be back.

Even if I don’t return somebody can step in my place, this is a national duty, not only Debbah can do this job, others are capable”, The Lone Star Head Coach said creating room for uncertainty over his future with the National team after threatening to resign recently.

Debbah said he is not desperate for the Lone Star job, noting he only accepted it because he wanted to give back after retiring from active football. His statement also dispel critics thinking that he and others former Lone Star players were appointed by the local football house out of sympathy as they did not merit their positions.

The former PSG striker again expressed his disappointment over the huge level of criticism he has received from the public, libeling Liberians as “ungrateful” on ground that he has done prettily well as compare to other coaches that the country employed over the years and paid them huge sum of money.

“ I think I deserve some respect why it is true I accept criticism. I have done well than coaches you employed in recent time and paid them in triple digits. I am the least paid National team Coach in the world and the results are evidence that we can’t do better”. Debbah and could not however disclose his salary.

LFA Musa Bility recently admitted that Debbah is been paid a little sum, but could also announce the amount.

It is not clear whether Debbah is the least pay Coach in the world as he claimed as no comparison can be made due to the imperceptible nature of the amount.

Since he was appointed a little over 18-months ago, Debbah has won four matches among them the record breaking one away to Guinea-Bissau in a world qualifier even though his side was eventually booted out by Ivory Coast. He lost three and drew two.

 
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BREAKING NEWS-Sevilla, Sparta Moscow rival Celtics for Sam Johnson 

By Boy Dolo


Celtics are keen on Liberia striker Sam Johnson but face competition from two European clubs, according to the Scottish Sun.

Europa League winners Sevilla and Russian giants Spartak Moscow are also said to be keen on Johnson, who plays for Swedish outfit Djurgardens, according to data for Soccer Channel. He's an interesting player, says sports director Bosse Andersson.

New Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to be in the market for a new centre forward, with Colin Kazim-Richards, Carlton Cole, Anthony Stokes and Stefan Scepovic all facing uncertain Parkhead futures.

The former Nimba FC striker, 23, is considerably younger than both players, could fit the bill instead.

The powerful front man has scored seven goals in 12 Allsvenskan appearances this season - three short of his 2015 tally - having previously registered 17 strikes in 54 outings for then third tier IK Frej.

With Spartak only qualifying for next season's Europa League, Sevilla, who are renowned for developing unheralded talents such as Johnson, are likely to pose the biggest threat to Celtic's hopes.

During his debut season in Djurgarden last year did Sam Johnson ten goals in the league and it attracted glances from other clubs. Last winter there was interest from the Russian side of the former IK Frej striker but then there was no deal.

Sam Johnson himself has previously opened for a move from Djurgarden if the right bid emerges. His contract with blåränderna spans the 2018th

Give Libeia's Coach James Salinsa Debbah A Break

 

 

Despite Togo Collapse, Lone Star’s Coach and Team Need Liberia’s Blessing and Support, Not Repeated Rain of Insults

JAMES SALINSA DEBBAH was a homegrown talent who during his prime brought a lot of smiles on the faces of Liberians. His goal-scoring exploits, made him second only to George Weah. His record as the highest scoring footballer for the Liberian National Team still stands with 42 goals in 72 matches.

SO, WHEN THE LIBERIAN FOOTBALL Association tipped the former Mighty Barrolle, Union Doula, AS Monaco, Olympique Ales, OGC NICE, and RSC Anderlecht star to take over as head coach of the Lone Star, many welcome the decision as a gamble, citing Debbah’s disciplinary record as a player among the many challenges likely to keep him from delivering the goods for Liberia and return the team to the glory days during the Samuel Doe era.

WE GUESS IT WILL BE fair to say that Under Debbah, Liberia has scored more goals in African Cup of Nations qualifier than at any other time when foreign coaches were at the helm, that the national team is playing with more cohesion than at any time in recent memory and the players are gelling and responding to Debbah’s style.

THIS IS WHY WE are appalled that Liberians have resulted to raining insults on the coach after a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Togo last weekend.

AFTER 52 MINUTES, Liberia was 2-0 up and many have turned to social media to criticize Debbah’s method of not cementing the midfield and the defense as a key reason for the team’s second half collapse.

WHAT LIBERIANS SHOULD BE more concern about right now is how to rally around the team morally and financially before the final duel against Tunis in Tunis in a few days.

LIBERIA IS STILL recovering from war and trying to put the pieces back together. The national team has been struggling for support and are now living on the backs of the cellular network giant, Cellcom who remains the only source of assistance today.

INSTEAD OF RAINING insults and what-ifs on Coach Debbah and his boys, Liberians must begin to appreciate the level of discipline the team has garnered in recent months.

DEBBAH WAS PART OF BOTH the 1996 and 2002 Liberian national football squads in the African Cup of Nations. During a July 2004 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Togo in Monrovia, Debbah, as captain, refused to be substituted in the 53rd minute, instead waiting until the 68th minute to leave the pitch. The match resulted in a 0–0 draw, causing the team to leave the stadium under the protection of an armoured personnel carrier. Liberia finished in last place in their group during qualification, with only 4 points after 10 matches. The draw with Togo was their only draw during the qualification.

SINCE HIS APPOINTMENT in November 2014, Debbah has worked wonders, taking Liberia back to the days when he was dubbed the “Miracle Maker” and the “Most Celebrated”.

ALL THIS WHEN very little support has come the national team’s way, when the government continues to ignore the fact that football can be a unifying force in the restoration of Liberia and a key contributor to Liberia’s post-war resurgence.

THE FUNDS ALLOCATED to sports in general and football in particular is peanuts compared to what the likes of Ghana, Ivory Coast and other West African power houses get to improve their game.

BUT IT IS NEVER TO LATE. Liberia has a somewhat good scoring record away from home and if anyone is capable of redemption, it is James Salinsa Debbah. Tunisia is no small team but in football anything is possible and anything can happen both at home and away.

WHAT DEBBAH AND THE NATIONAL TEAM needs now is support from Liberians, not a rain of insults and attacks coming their way.

IT IS IMPORTANT FOR LIBERIA to have faith. Win, Lose or Draw, the boys are doing their best. The group of players assemble by Debbah have a bright future and it is only a matter of time before they begin to blossom into world beaters.

IN THE LATE 80’s and for much of the 90s, George Manneh Weah took the world by storm when no one expected and put Liberia on the football map. It has been a long time since Liberia enjoyed good returns from football, but the team is getting there, Let us all help them get up and not put them down, regardless of how things turn out in Tunis.

 

Culled from : http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/

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