At long last, former Barrolle and Lone Star hitman James Salinsa Debbah, has surfaced in the Liberian government for the first time since his public pledge of support to President Ellen Johnson Sairleaf in 2005.
In that same year, Debbah led the campaign among Liberian players against his cousin, George M. Weah, contending that he was not presidential material due to his lack of political experience.
Debbah was appointed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, as member of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), replacing Mr. Debar Allen.
The former international striker, a member of the Liberty Party (LP), was a cardinal member of George Weah’s XI, who qualified the country for the 1996 and 2002 African Cup of Nations.
Debbah, 47, began his professional football career with Mighty Barrolle in 1984. In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon, for one season. In 1990, he moved to French team Olympique Ales, then to AS Monaco in 1991.
In 1995, he played for Ligue 1 OGC Nice, until 1997 when he moved to Belgian side R.S.C. Anderlect for a season. The following year he returned to France and joined Ligue 1 Paris Saint Germain.
After leaving Paris Saint Germain, Debbah moved to the Turkey Super League team Ankaragucu for the 1998 and 1999 seasons, then to Irakils of squad in Greece and later played for Al-Jazeera Club from 2001-2003 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then Muharraq Club. Four years later after he joined Indonesian Super League side PKT Bontang.
Meanwhile, two former players, who also pledged their support to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie and Dionysius Sebwe have also received public appointments.
Mr. Sebwe served as Deputy Defense Minister for Operations and later as Deputy Minister for Sports, and is now awaiting reassignment.
Mr. Jonathan Sogbie was appointed Public Affairs Manager at the National Oil Company of Liberia.
Other former Lone Star players who have remained loyal to George Weah are Kervin Sebwe and Joe Nagbe who are both serving as Director and Deputy Director of the Technical Committee of Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports respectively.