After missing out on last season’s 1st Division championship title as head coach of FC Fassel, Sam Chebli has signed a 2-year deal with the “Mountaineers” of Nimba United as head coach, the club has confirmed.
The 2-year deal, according to Nimba United’s official Facebook page, was sealed yesterday at the headquarters of the club in New Georgia, Gardnersville for an undisclosed fee. Chebli, who joined Fassel two seasons ago, guided the Soccer Missionaries to the semi-finals of last season’s FA Cup where his former team was edged out on a 3-2 aggregate, and was at the verge of winning the championship, until it was canceled by a protest ruling after the team was found guilty of fielding ineligible players. Before becoming head coach of the Fassel, the former Lone Star striker served as technical director for the Mountaineers.
Nimba United have been without a permanent coach since the resignation of Emmanuel Kaykay in the middle of last season, with Abraham Sese completing the season as acting coach. His new club’s secretary general, Tugbeh Chea-Tugbeh, has described the former Lone Star striker as one of the best coaches on the local scene, expressing the club’s delight in securing the local tactician. “We are grateful that Chebli agreed to join us at the North Star Field this season. He is one of the best coaches we have in this country,” he said. The secretary general added that his new coach knows the environment and will only be faced with the challenge to build a new team as most of the club’s key players have all gone in search of greener pasture.
Chebli served as deputy coach to Matthew Julutweh FC at Fassel before taking the job on a permanent basis in 2015. He, however, left Fassel with two more seasons left on the contract he signed in 2015.
Nimba United finished 5th, seven points behind champions LISCR, after last season’s campaign, having collected 35 points from 22 matches, after wining 9, drawing 8 and losing 5.