LFA Suspends Lone Star Coaches’ Contracts

National Coach James Salinsa Debbah is hoping for a miracle

-Claims lack of competition; promises to settle salary arrears

The Liberia Football Association has notified national team coach James Salinsa Debbah and three others that because Liberia is not engaged in international competitions until 2018 and also due to difficulties in securing funding for the national teams’ programs it has become necessary to suspend their contractual agreements to handle the various national football teams.

Though the LFA in a release announcing the suspension did not mention any clause about the cause of the suspension, it served Letters of Suspension of their Contractual Services to head coach James Salinsa Debbah, U-23 coach Thomas Kojo, U20 coach Christopher Wreh and Janjay Jacobs, deputy head coach of the U23 national team.

The LFA said the letters informed the coaches of the immediate suspension of their contracts and assured them that the FA’s current liability to them that has to do with salaries owed them will be duly settled, but the release did not state how much liabilities and how soon they would be settled.

The football house assured the coaches that the suspension of their respective contract is in no way related to their performances as head coaches and deputy head coach of the various national teams.

The LFA said it regrets the circumstances that made the suspension of their contractual services necessary.

“On behalf of the President, Vice President, Executive Committee and Secretariat of the Liberia Football Association, I want to thank you for the services you have rendered and express our hope for working together in 2018,” the LFA said in its release.

The decision, the LFA said was taken in consultation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports the LFA meanwhile assured the coaches that once active national teams’ engagements resumed they would be contacted.

It has been reported that the LFA has found it difficult to raise funds to settle its financial obligations with the coaches of the national team and therefore it has decided to end the contractual agreement with the coaches.


  1. Liberia is not going anywhere in football. I have never hear any thing like this before. National coach to be treated this way is not good at all! !!

  2. Yet the masses went out and voted for George Weah (Africa’s greatest football player). What has he done as a senator to improve the lives of those he represents? All he wants is more money for his cohorts, concubine and himself. Stupidity is a disease in Liberia that needs to be eradicated. Liberia will stay long inside poverty at the rate we are going.

  3. This is a shame!
    Liberia as a nation lacks vision at every level due to the lack of visionary leadership! Without vision, a nation would perish! Despite the abundance of natural resources, great hydro-electric power potential, the oldest “independent” African nation “in words” but NOT in deeds, continues to move backward while other nations with less potentials are making a lot of progress! Please don’t say ‘it is because Liberia went through civil war’ for that will only be a lame excuse! Why do I say that? Look at Rwanda: Its civil war was more deadly (about 1 million persons killed in a 3-month period) than the Liberian crisis but due to a visionary leadership with the desire to make their unified nation better, Rwanda is better off today than its pre-civil war era!
    The coaches’ contracts are being suspended since there are no competitions until 2018! That’s a shame for a country that is so wealthy! The suspension of contracts is not due to the lack of funds but due to the lack of priorities on the part of the RULERS, not leaders, of Liberia! I feel bad for the coaches.
    Liberians, let’s get our acts together and think about the next generations by the laying the right foundations for a better Liberia, not in speech but in concrete deeds to the benefits of all in the country!
    Where do we start from? Firstly, I would start with electrical infrastructure by building dams on the Mano River, St Paul River, St John River, and Cavalla River and then interconnect the grid. We could partner with certain nations to bilaterally build the dams. We could then interconnect our electrical grids with those of our neighbors. Almost every infrastructural development in the land is a function of the stability of our our electrical power systems infrastructure. With this, we can encourage the building of manufacturing plants across the nation to create jobs for the local people. Secondly, we need to revamp our entire educational system which is the WEAKEST in Africa. We can look at the academic structure in, say, the Ivory Coast, which has one of the best on the continent. Build vocational schools across the land to train people for the workplace. Thirdly, I would revamp the health care industry and build clinics, hospitals, pharmacies across the country. Fourth, build roads and administrative buildings across the country, etc.

  4. It is through the high spending of the late president Samuel Doe that produced players like Weah, Debah, Makor etc.. and the achievement made in the late 80s and up to the early 2000s. That plan started in 1984.

    Don’t blame Weah, he’s an individual, if he was the president of Liberia , sports minister or LFA boss, OK. Support of sports in any country comes from the head, not an individual person.


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