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Five coaches Liberian Lone Stars could shortlist

By: Hawa Wesseh                                            Liberian Lone Star Football Team



Liberia FA and Musa Bility recently appointed new set of coaches for the Lone Stars.

The appointment was met with displeasure in certain quarters.

Here also are five coaches that could turn the Liberian national team

fortunes around. Africans FAs have a bias [these long years] for European

coaches, sorry to disappoint you: There are two Nigerians on this list, one

Ghanian, one American, and one South Korean. The prestigious Liberian Lone

Stars position was not subject to application critics say, the coaches were

randomly selected, therefore not subject to competitive bidding…oh well,

here’s my list, in no particular pecking order.

*#1. Huh Jung Moo*

*Intro: Moo is a high intensity coach and a patient man with lot of

endurance. Just the kind of coach Liberia needs. Problem is he has never

work in Africa and it is unlikely of all those on this list, if Coach Moo

will want to work in Liberia and groom the Lone Stars and make a name for

himself. Liberia can not produce a World Best Player and be lack of

talents. The next generation are lurking around to be polished, Moo can do

it too!*

“Why Liberia needs Coach Moo? Under Coach Moo the Liberian national team

should flourish. Liberians styled and called their football ‘tabellah,’

where a strong midfield is prioritized and the ball is shared. Liberians

have always experimented with Brazilian football. George Weah is a product.

It helps that as a player, coach Huh Jung- Moo was also a midfielder, even

when Asian players were rarely plying their trade in Europe, he was one of

the few who played there in the 1980s. Moo’s coaching philosophy also

teaches a strong midfield, and the ball is distributed well under that


His teams dictate the pace of play as far as ball possession is concerned.

Having coached his native Korea successfully, the team reached the round of

sixteen for the first time away from home during the South Africa 2010

World Cup. Moo would bring nothing but knowledge of the game to the Lone

Star. Liberian players are diminutive in size like their Korea

counterparts. Moo used that to his advantage in the 2010 world cup, because

what they lack in height and weight, the Koreans make up for in the fitness

and intensity. With a lot of Liberian players including its best player in

Francis Doe playing in the Asian league, he will have plenty of time to see

them first hand in action.”

*“Hire this man for the Lone Stars job”*

*—The Liberian Dialogue*

*#2. Stephen Keshi, Nigeria*

*Intro: In this game against France Les Bleus, Keshi, prove he had what it

takes. This was one of Nigeria’s best efforts that was wasted by players’

mistakes and bad refereeing. Nigeria felt robbed and for good reasons. To

Make matter worse, he took a young team to the World Cup, which he probably

should have considered, but it’s no time to cry over spilt milk! The France

game proves the Big Boss yet again, has potential, as is always the case

with keshi’s teams, the Super Eagles were getting stronger when France stole

their luck. He made Michael Barbatunde a star, kept faith in Amed

Musa and was intent on raising a young team… going against orthodoxy in

Nigerian football by dropping big names for young talents, if Stephen keshi

took the Liberian job, Africa will be put on notice.*

“THE REFEREE IS a human being and is bound to make mistakes, but a lot of

mistakes is questionable,” raged coach Stephen Keshi after Nigeria’s

controversial loss to France earlier. And it was hard not to sympathise to

a degree with Keshi, as France were the beneficiaries of a number of poor

decisions in the game. It was as if American referee Mark Geiger was

determined to avoid making big calls – Blaise Matuidi only received a

yellow card for a horror tackle on Ogenyi Onazi, while Oliver Giroud’s

elbow on John Mikel Obi similarly went unpunished.

Moreover, Nigeria should have had at least one penalty, as Patrice Evra

blatantly tugged back Peter Odemwingie in the box. It would be unfair to

single out Geiger however, as official’s reluctance to make big calls is something

that has characterised this World Cup and football in general for

quite some time…Deschamps’ side haven’t had it all their own way so far

though — indeed, much of the game has been played in their final third…”

*“5 talking points from last night’s World Cup last 16 action”*

*—The Score*

*#3. Bob Bradley*

*Intro: Bradley put in a great effort for the Pharaohs in Egypt, and the

record is there to be looked at. It was hard for him to leave Egypt, after

spanking the Black Stars, despite a havy first leg loss away. He is

familiar with African football very well. Ghana stopped him twice, he could

sure use Liberian talents and still leave a mark on the continent…but

Bradley like Moo will be too expensive and out of reach for the Lone Stars,

given the stinginess of the Liberian FA…Liberia will be lucky to have a

coach like Bradley’s calibre!*

“There was no fairytale ending to this story, because this story was no

fairytale. This story, one of the most amazing in sports and life we have

ever seen, was about preservation, fear, family, work, and just a little

bit of soccer. Egypt beat Ghana 2-1 in Cairo on Tuesday, but that victory

was nowhere near large enough to overturn a 6-1 deficit that the Egyptians

took into the second leg of their FIFA World Cup Playoff. It’s over for

Egypt, and their American coach Bob Bradley. Despite winning seven of their

eight qualifiers in a country ripped apart by revolution and war, the

Pharaohs will not be in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.”

*Bob Bradley Leaves Egypt*


*#4. Manu Garba, Nigeria*

*Intro: Manu Garba, is one of the current coaches Nigeria is grooming,

rising them from the bottom, where they must prove their mantle Emmanuel

Emunike included, this man proves he has grits!. In this interview with> he warn the world that his team made up of nobodies, would

win the under 17 world cup. He won. Also against Nigeria

nemesis Argentina! Nigeria will surely miss him if he took the Lone Stars’


Garba is not a naïve man. He is a serious man. He understands the freedom,

the fitness and intelligence, the 90-minute commitment, needed to make it

work. He also knows the dangers and challenges of using a highly

intellectualised system, where the comfort of set positions is totally

thrown out the window, are doubled with such young players.

“It’s not been an easy philosophy to pass on to these young boys,” admitted

Garba, who played in the first Nigerian team to reach a FIFA finals when he

won the African U-20 championship of 1983. “They have no league experience.

They are amateurs,” he insists of his side who have spent two weeks in Dubai

preparing for the tournament opener. “They play for local teams, or

at their secondary schools, but it is this youth that can make them very

adaptable to new ideas,” he adds, a tone of warning building in his voice.

“They are right to call us favourites. “I give my players a special freedom,

a freedom to express themselves,” he continued, conjuring the spirit of the

Rinus Michels, the late coach of Ajax and Holland, who is credited with

founding, or at least refining, Total Football. “When we have the ball, we all

attack. When we don’t, we all defend,” said the coach, who was an assistant

in 2007 in Korea the last time Nigeria won a U-17 World Cup.

“Take a chance; go forward, another man will cover you. All my players

have the freedom to go anywhere, and it’s a responsibility they understand.

Think Barcelona, think Spain, think entertaining, think passion and

possibility…“We know a World Cup is a different story, but, man, my attack

is blistering. They can destroy any team on their day.” Many could replicate what

what Shakes is doing in South Africa! *“I give my players a special freedom”*


*#5. James Kwesi Appiah, Ghana*

*Intro: Appiah took on Die Mannshaft [The Team] with his young players and

and stood Germany and world up during the 2014 Brazil World Cup. He is a

young coach relatively, when you considered his assignment as a national

team trainer. He recently signed in Sudan for a paltry sum. He wants to

make a name for himself; Kwesi Appiah thinks he have the guns… even in a place

called Sudan not known for football on the continent, some said he lost control

of the Ghanian dressing room. But what do you expect when a national

government sends 3million dollars in cash…? Distraction! Going to Sudan is

definitely a big gamble, which he hopes will pay off…he proved that against

Germany. He’s from Ghana and Liberians are familiar with Ghanian football. And

oh, this little note. It was Appiah who also frustrated veteran American coach

Bob Bradley and the Pharods, stopping the Egyptian in their tracks and denying

denying them a world cup place at the table.*

“Fans love nothing more than watching end-to-end attacking football, and

with Germany taking on Ghana, they were always likely to get plenty of

that. However, nobody expected the teams to give their everything, going

for goal, with each and every moment the ball was in their possession.

After Ghana fell short, losing 2-1 against the USA, they were hoping for a

better performance against Germany, who were high off of their 4-0 win over

Portugal. Ghana came close to winning, but a late equalizer ensured the

game finished 2-2.

…Although there’s been few bad games at the 2014 World Cup, this game was

most definitely the top contender for game of the tournament, with many

saying it’ll be tough to beat the entertainment the two teams put on display.”

*Ghana vs. Germany World Cup 2014 Best Match*

















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