Debbah, Others Urged to Put Liberia First

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FA President Musa Bility has challenged newly appointed various Lone Star’s coaches to put Liberia first in their future deliberations.

Speaking at the end of a successful second phase training last Friday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Bility said being former professionals they stand a better chance to handle players either home or abroad, that would be selected to play on the national team.

“Don’t let players who are preoccupied with other things other than the interest of Liberia influence your selection of players for the various national teams,” Bility said.

He said, “You’ll be tempted out there but don’t get vex when the time comes.” He explained that when all is good and victory crowned their efforts, it is only the players that would be praised.

“But when things don’t go well as expected,” Bility warned them, “you will be castigated as the worst creatures on earth.”

“We are prepared to work with you,” Bility told the coaches as they paid him their undivided attention, “we’re also impressed with your sense of commitment to the series of training organized by the technical department of the LFA.”

He reminded them the cause of Liberia soccer woes, since the end of the so-called George Weah XI in 2002.

After the team’s inglorious dissolution, Bility said, “It left no mentors for the future.”

On behalf of team-mates, deputy coach Kervin Sebwe expressed support to the effort and said if it is possible, they would provide additional help in the search for finances to offset the perennial cry of ‘no money’ when it comes to the national team.

National team coach James Salinsa Debbah re-echoed his deputy’s position and said though they have their own choices, they must maintain their individuality in their assignments.

Earlier, CAF Education Officer, Francis Tamba reviewed the training and its achievements and expressed appreciation of the coaches commitment during the training.

Contributing, LFA technical director Henry Browne gave the overview of the training process and expressed satisfaction on what has been achieved so far, pointing out the next phase of the training process.

Meanwhile, Bility said the contract for the various coaches would be ready next month. Former national coach J. Kaetu Smith was the third member of the LFA Technical Department that ensured the success of the training for the newly emerged national coaches.

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