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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.