By: Staff Reporter
The Sr National Team of Liberia head coach, James Salinsa Debbah responded to the critics via his facebook page after the 4-1 loss against Tunisia.
In a personal response to the national soccer team’s recent disaster in Tunisia, losing 4-1 and as a result losing its position for the 2017 Gabon Nations Cup, head coach James Debbah issued a brief statement on his Facebook page, wishing for a brighter future. Below is his statement:
“We will rise again I am not deterred, nor disappointed...we will keep on pushing until we get it right.
“With adequate resources and an extended development program this team will be great. Liberia's best national team on record (GW 11) took 16 years to develop.
“The formation of that organization started in 1986 when a group of 30 young players (Oppong and others) traveled to Brazil on a 6 month training program.
“It took us 10 years after that training (1996) to qualify for Liberia’s 1st CAN competition in South Africa, then it took another 6 years (2002) to qualify for our 2nd; now you do the math...16 years of cohesion.
“I've been on this job for only 18 months and look how far we are. No time to shift blames, we fell as a team, and we will rise again as a team.”
This has been the position of the head coach since he took control of the pride and joy of Liberia.
Coach Debbah has always stated that he is in a 5 year planning process. He is building a team and system.
The Younger lads he has introduced are receiving experience playing with season players and should be ready to form the nucleus of the future
Players like Seku Conneh, Dauda Bortu, Oscar Dorley, Mark Paye, Saah Nyumah, Emile Damey , Joel Johnson have come into the Sr. team and gained valuable experience.
With more scouting and planning, this foundation will be solid to move the Lonestar foward