The appointment of James Salinsa Debah as Liberia’s Lone Star coach shows
yet again that Musa Bility, the failed Liberian Football Association and
its president has no direction at a time when most countries within the
region are making progress, and retooling to move their football programs
Matter of fact while Musa Bility was chasing James Salinsa Debah,
James Kwesi Appiah was in Sudan signing for a first division club that are
not even champions in the Sudanese League. The Ghanian tactician and world
cup-tested coach signed with Sudanese side Al Khartoum SC for just about
15, 000 dollars a month. This is the coach Liberia should have hired, we will
leave that for another day.
Musa Bility is bereft of ideas and the record is there to prove it. Since
he took over the Liberian FA, it has been nothing but dismal showings beause as a
businessman, he is busy running his private companies. Yet, he is entrusted to
safeguard Liberia’s football future. What must be stated though is
that James Salinsa Debah, over the yeas have shown no interest in football
since his playing career came to an end. He has attended no active advance
coaching courses like many ex-internationals; Sunday Oliseh included. The
man made no attempt to coach any of the Liberian FA teams all the time he
has spent in the country. Or how about coaching a second division team and
take it to the first tier.
What primarily James has been interested in is politics and not football.
Campaigning and endorsing political candidates, and declaring interest to
run for a senatorial seat. Simply put and cordial sympathies aside, Debah
doesn’t deserve the prestigious Lone Star coaching position!
Hence, the downward trend that Liberian football has experienced these past
few years under the Bility administration must be challenged by stake
holders, and those who have interest in the game.
What has happened to the “commercialization of Liberian football” that Musa
Bility promised when he desperately sought the Liberian FA president’s
position? Commercialization under Bility’s administration has seen
Liberian football still not return to profitability, even though it has
raked in huge endorsement deals from cellular corporate giants in the
country. And if I may add, Fifa’s support to Liberia remains strong.
However, the recent unveiling ceremony in which Liberia’s technical
director Henry Brown told Liberians that James Debah and his assistants
underwent a 21-day training program in Monrovia, and therefore were
entitled to Licence B coaching certificates is laughable and unfortunate.
James Salinsa Debah and cohorts ARE NOT “License B holders which is now a
prerequisite to serve as coach of a national team, or a club engaged in
[FIFA] organized competitions from a Confederation of African Football
(CAF) perspective,” says Wleh Bedell, a Liberian football analyst.
Thomas Kojo though must be commended. He has been serious about coaching,
and has shown that he can produce results. It cannot be over
emphasized that Liberian football is in trouble. His mistakes are many…
Danny Jordan has rescued South African football in a short period, and the
Bafana Bafana has returned to its winning ways. The Nigerian FA is currently
retooling, removing its FA president after a ‘bad world cup’ in which the
Super Eagles made the second-round losing to France, a game that cost
Nigeria due to last minute players mistakes. After a dominant performance,
Les Bleus and Didier Deschamps were searching for answers when luck came
their ways. Probably Keshi’s best game, and the big boss, despite putting in
a good effort, in my opinion never mind his recent Afcons challenges, will
probably not stay on as the Super Eagles’ coach. Calls are growing louder
everyday for him to leave the scene for fresh ideas. Maybe like Appiah, he
will take less money just to prove Nigeria wrong. But James Debah was
Bility’s best avaliable option!
Liberia’s neighbours Ivory Coast and the Elephants, Guinea and the Sylli
Nationale, not to mention Ghana and the Black Stars are all formidable
forces—all have their football programs on track. Sierra Leone is ranked
one of the highest teams in the region, but it is only in Liberia that the
Liberian FA is A JOKE! Musa Bility must resign, and must constitute a new FA Board that will move Liberian football forward!