Thomas Kojo: “We Need to Invest in Local Based Players”

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Coach Kojo (L) chats with Sports reporter Moses Garzeawu shortly the game ended in a goalless draw.

National team (The Lone Star) interim coach Thomas Kojo, says government and the Liberia Football Association (LFA) need to invest more in local based players because many of them are talented.

Coach Kojo spoke of his impression with his team’s performance over the weekend when it settled to a goalless draw against Sierra Leone in an international friendly at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

Both Liberia and Sierra Leone failed to find the back of the net in Sunday’s encounter with the Lone Star dominating. With youthful players on either side, Lone Star had an impressive start with their dominance in ball possession. BYC forward Fallah Sheriff, midfielder Allen Nije and forward Edward Ledlum, who was introduced in the second half, were some of the top Lone Star performers as they kept creating trouble for the Leone Stars’ defense.

On the other hand, the Leone Stars also came prepared, and were able to prevent the host from scoring against them, while the visitors, too, created several chances in both halves, but were unlucky in the finishing form.

According to coach Kojo, the national team stands a better chance to make marks in international competitions if the government and the LFA provide more financial and logistical supports to them.

“We will have a better national team in the future if those needed supports are provided to the team. Such support will enable the team to undergo better training with better facilities,” he said.

Kojo affirmed his commitment to building a strong youthful team to prioritize the inclusion of committed foreign-based players in his squad.

“Right now, we have data for all the young players (both home-based and foreign-based) that we are monitoring to build a strong national team,” coach Kojo said.

The weekend match, which was part of activities marking Liberia’s 171st Independence Anniversary celebration, was Kojo’s first test since he was appointed as the Lone Star team’s interim coach.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s make this position permanent. By that I mean give him a long-term contract and pay him well. He is the right coach at the right time. However, he is not a magician. He will need all the moral and financial support to succeed.

  2. The Ministries of Youth and Sports and Education must partnership to produce or expose Athletes throughout Liberia. Bring back Physical Education as a curriculum in All schools in Liberia. LIBERIA is Blessed with talented Athletes in all Sports (football, basketball, volleyball, track and field, tennis, kickball etc.) Bring back intra-mural sports, see how competitive these events will turn out to be. International players granted but, you have homegrown talent in abundance use it. Thank you,

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