A long time follower of Liberian football, A. Nanejie Torbor, ll, has applauded the appointments of former national soccer team players to manage the various national teams.
Torbor, a resident of Point 4, on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, told the Daily Observer yesterday that head coach James Salinsa Debbah and his colleagues, “are the right men to manage the teams.”
“Managing teams,” Torbor said, “demand support from the Liberia Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.” He added that the new coaches should be allowed the free hand to do their jobs.
He, however, regretted that the Liberia Football Association did not announce how much the players would be paid and for how long they are contracted to handle the various national teams.
“Everywhere coaches are appointed,” Torbor said, “their salaries and years that they have been contracted for, are announced.” He urged the Liberia Football Association to announce the salaries and how long the coaches are contracted to handle the various national teams.
Torbor also noted that though football attendance has reduced considerably, “due to the easy access to European football, if the LFA and the government put enough money to improve the game and to bring other nationals to play in our leagues, our standard would surely improve and fans would be drawn to the league.”
On players, Torbor urged for their commitment if they would succeed in their careers. “Those who are being charged to handle the various national teams today took their careers seriously,” Torbor said.
He urged them to know what they want and then go for it by being disciplined to win fans to the game.
James Salinsa Debbah was appointed by the LFA to manage the senior national team, assisted by Kervin Sebwe last week.
The U-23 would be managed by Coach Thomas Kojo with Janjay Jacob assisting and U-20 by Christopher Wreh and Oliver Markor as deputy and U-17 with Joe Nagbe ad head coach with George Gerbro as his deputy.