Twenty two Liberian coaches who completed a one-month intensive training to acquire CAF License A, the first in the country, have been challenged to lead the way in the improvement of football in the country.
Nigerian CAF assessor, Kasimawo Pius Laloko told the twenty two participants yesterday that they have acquired the knowledge they must give practical demonstration to raise Liberian football to another level.
The closing program was held at the headquarters of the Liberia Football Association in Monrovia.
He commended the participants for their patience and endurance during three weeks of intensive preparation and one week of presentations and tests.
He expressed gratitude that Liberian coaches are handling the national soccer team, unlike other countries (Nigeria included), in Africa that employ non Africans to handle their national teams.
“You must sustain the practice of using Liberian coaches to handle your national team,” Assessor LaIoko said, “you must be leaders as it was previously mentioned by your technical director.”
He commented on their dedication and commitment to the successful handling of the course. “You’ve had enough and I am sure that you are able to perform to help your country and Africa,” he told the coaches.
Laloko told them that in his experience, “coaches have no time to sleep and I wish you all success.”
LFA technical director, Henry Brown, contributing urged the coaches to realize their new roles as leaders, noting that they are now in the position to lead Liberian football to a higher level.
“We have a drawback in this country in which we don’t turn to look at those who have been ahead of us to learn from their experience,” Brown said and urged them to make a difference.
He also challenged the twenty two coaches, who will know in three weeks, how many of them succeeded as License A holders, to understand their new roles and to help Liberia build a better football future.
He encouraged them to look beyond Liberia, “so that after you have traveled abroad and gain some experience you will return home to help improve Liberian football.” Those of the twenty two that would eventually receive License A Certificates can coach anywhere in Africa.
Liberia Football Association Executive Committee member, Wallace Weiah commended the coaches as well as Mr. Laloko for the sustained effort for the last thirty days that made the program successful.
“You must now go ahead to make use of the internet to continue to upgrade your knowledge to lead Liberian football to a better level,” Weiah said.
The seminar coordinator Francis Tamba, who is also CAF Education Officer, in a brief overview, said the twenty two coaches started the journey in 2010 with CAF License D Certificates and now they have become pioneers of License A holders in Liberia, and much of Africa.
He expressed appreciation to the coaches, the assessor, his colleagues and the Liberia Football Association for their support in making the program successful.
Responding, Coach Gborbo Gblinwon commended the Liberia Football Association, Coach Laloko and his team mates for the success of the program.
“We want to assure the LFA and our father Laloko that we are now prepared to go ahead and justify the knowledge we have acquired,” he said.
Meanwhile the coaches gowned Mr. Laloko, Coach Tamba and technical director Henry Brown as a sign of appreciation for their contributions to their achievement. Certificates of achievements were presented to the twenty two coaches ahead of the CAF License A Certificates that are expected to arrive in the country, before the end of July.