James Salinsa Debbah, the new head coach of the Lone star, was born in Monrovia on December 14, 1967. He began his professional football career with traditional club, Mighty Barolle in 1984.
In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon, where he played for only a season and moved on to France in 1990 to French side Olympique Alès.
In 1991, Debbah moved to AS Monaco and played the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals.
A year later, he moved to Olympique Lyonnais. In 1995, Salinsa moved across French Ligue 1 to OGC Nice, where he played until 1997.
In that year, Debbah moved to the Belgian League side, R.S.C. Anderlecht but later moved back to Ligue 1 for one season with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
He played for PSG for some time and moved on to Turkish Super League side, Ankaragücü for the 1998 and 1999 seasons; afterward, he moved on to Iraklis in Greece.
After a short spell with Iraklis, Debbah moved to Al-Jazeera Club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he played from 2001–2003, and then moved on to Muharraq Club and played from 2003–2004 in Muharraq, Bahrain.
Four years after leaving Muharraq Club, he moved on to the Indonesian Super League side, PKT Bontang for only one season. After a while, he resigned from both national and club football.