Mitigating Coach James Debbah’s Anger


The loss of the national soccer team, Lone Star, to Zimbabwe’s Warriors (3-0) and its negative response by sports journalists have angered national coach James Salinsa Debbah.

That Debbah felt some criticisms by the media unjustified compelled him to say the worst against sports journalist on a radio interview.

Debbah’s contention is that when the favorite players of sports journalists are not selected for Lone Star games, they are angry and particularly so when the results go against the Lone Star, as it did against Zimbabwe, they would then (sports journalists) rain insults on him.

In this situation who is to blame? After all, both parties, Coach Debbah on one hand and the sports journalists on the other hand, want victory for the national team. The trouble begins when the team fails to perform and clear victory is missed.

Evidently, Coach Debbah is very troubled about the team’s failure against Zimbabwe and equally so the sports journalists are also troubled by the defeat. How then do we solve this puzzle?

I have a suggestion as the basis for this article. Please check on this page a story about Ghana’s Black Stars (Black Stars Regroup for Mexico, US Friendlies) and you will realize that though the Black Stars won 5-0 against Ethiopia, they are going for two international friendly matches in the United States. (Please read that story before you continue with this article).

After winning 5-0 the Black Stars are on their way to the United States with two friendlies? Is it not what we should be doing for the national soccer team? Let me put the question another way: After losing 3-0 to Zimbabwe, the national soccer team, Lone Star should be doing what? (Answer the question, please).

We will do well if sports journalists and the technical team of the national soccer team can join together to exert pressure on the Liberian government to secure international friendly matches for the national team to prepare against DC Congo for their next match in Monrovia in March 2018.

And if we are successful together, we will be able to mitigate our own anger and find the way forward for Lone Star’s success in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Until we know what we all want and prepare for it, we can only resolve to hurt each other in anger and in the end, instead of preparation, we will be asking God to “Give US A New Day,” in our churches and mosques.


  1. Mr. Jackson, bring Lone Star to the USA the team will disintegrate because the players will run away leaving only the few of the officials to return to Liberia. weren’t you one of those who ran away..?

  2. Hi Brima Konneh if you reread the article above you will discover that I used the Black Star’s friendlies with USA and Mexico as an illustration for what Liberia should be doing: playing friendly matches to get the team prepared. Again let me repeat what I mentioned: The Black Stars won their game against Ethiopia 5-0 in Ghana and yet they are seeking further friendly engagements. On the other hand, Liberia lost 0-3 to Zimbabwe and we are doing nothing to prepare for our next encounter in Marcy 2018 against DR Congo. Are you satisfied that the Lone Star only prepares one week when the Indonisian based players return home? In the last encounter Zimbabwe in Harare, Lone Star’s players arrived in Harare in two batches. They never the chance to play together…only the local players played two matches one against a local team and won 4-2 and also won against the Sierra Leonean national team, Leone Stars 1-0 in the 79th minute. There are countries who are prepared to play friendlies to test the strength of their teams. And of course, I am not writing this article from the United States but right over here in Monrovia.

  3. Can anyone please list any regional, continental or international championship that the Lone Star won? In 169 years of Liberian history, did the Lone Star win African Cup of Nations or did Liberia go to the World Cup? Just wondering since Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon etc have made their nations proud at one time or the other.

    • Marc, you are right on the money! My answer is zero. Not even a Coffee Cup.We can only be successful if we can improve the basis fundamentals of our soccer program’s, like, improving the standard of various levels of our leagues, building better sport facilities , and providing young talents more opportunities.


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