James Debbah sacked

The Liberia Football Association has fired James Salinsa Debbah, as head coach of the senior national team.
LFA blamed Debbah’s sacking on Liberia’s absence from international competitions and difficulties in securing funds for Lone Star’s Programs.
Under-23 Head Coach, Thomas Kojo, his deputy Janjay Jacobs and Under-20 coach, Christopher Wreh, were also relieved of their positions for similar reasons.
In separate communications to the former internationals who have not been paid for nearly ten months, LFA assured them that their salaries arrear will be duly settled.
Debbah was appointed to the post amidst heavy criticism by LFA President Musa Bility on November 21, 2014, with little or no coaching experience.
During his nearly three years in charge, the former Paris Saint Germain, Lyon and Anderlecht player managed five wins, two draws and conceded eight defeats.
He will be remembered for his historic away victory against Guinea-Bissau (3-1) in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 13, 2015, thanks to a William Jebor hat-trick.
The Mighty Barrolle legend scooped another hard earned win (1-0) against would be Group A winner, the Carthag Eagles of Tunisia in a Nations Cup qualifier on September 5, 2015, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
Debbah’s other wins were against weaker sides, back-to-back Nations Cup qualifiers win against Djibouti and an away victory against Mauritania on July 22, 2017 in a CHAN qualifier.
The one time miracle man worse memory came in Lone Star 2-2 draw with the Harks of Togo on June 5, 2016 at the ATS; a match Liberia needed to win to qualify for its third Nation Cup, but surrendered a two-goal lead with 25 minutes left on the clock to draw the match 2-2.
Coach Debbah other draw was against Guinea-Bissau on October 8, 2015 at the ATS in a 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier.
Liberia’s most celebrated star suffered back-to-back World Cup qualifiers’ defeat to Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Togo, in the 2017 Nation Cup qualifiers and Kenya in an international friendly.
Of recent, Liberia was humiliated at home (2-0) by little known Mauritania in a CHAN qualifier, 3-0 in Harare in ongoing CAN qualifiers to Zimbabwe and a post-match defeat to Senegal in the FOX sponsored WAFU Tournament held in Ghana.
However, a statement issued by LFA said the termination of Debbah’s contract has not thing to do with his performance as coach of Liberia’s senior national team.
Mr. Bility lauded the former national team players for their services rendered over the years and expressed his regret over the circumstances that led to the coaches’ dismissal.
He said the LFA looks forward to working with the coaches once active national teams’ engagements resumed.

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