LISCR Coach Tapha Manneh: ‘Players Were Relaxing Too Much’

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Coach Manneh, a Gambian, won both championship and FA Cup during the 2016/27 league season-his debut season. (Image: Anthony Kokoi)

After dropping his first points of the new Liberia Football Association (LFA) league campaign, LISCR FC head coach Tapha Manneh, said some of his players were relaxed in yesterday’s (August 30) match against NPA Anchors, which resulted to a draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).

Armah Vaikainah goal from the spot in the 61st was cancelled by James Richardson’s goal in the 74th minute. Vaikainah also failed to convert a late penalty that could give the champions all three points.

LISCR went into the match desperately in search for their second win of the season after securing a victory in their opening match against Keitrace FC on Monday, August 27.

“Some of the players were relaxing too much, and they do not have match competition; some of the players are young guys that are just coming up, so we have to give them chance to show what they have. Therefore, we cannot keep using the old players,” Vaikainah said.

As far as Coach Manneh, a Gambian, is concerned, they remain the champions, and “still maintain,” so they are more than title contenders.

As of the result, Manneh said it is part of the game, and was not a disappointment despite dropping two points.

“It is part of football, whereby we can ratify our mistakes to move on, because we made lots of errors in today’s game, and it is good to know at this point,” he said.

The result pitted LISCR top of Group B with four points from two games, leveled on points with second place LPRC Oilers.

The 53-year-old coach set a record in the previous league season after winning 22 games unbeaten in the 2016/2017 LFA First Division league. He became the first foreign coach in the Liberian league to win double titles in his debut season.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

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