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Lone Star’s Head Coach Selection Should be based on Merit

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Lone Star’s Head Coach Selection Should be based on Merit 1

The dismal efficiency, as a few of us anticipated, of Lone Star Head Coach, Peter Butler, ought to present a chance for deep reflection concerning future collection of the top coach of the Liberian nationwide crew, Lone Star.


Dionysius Sebwe, Central Defender, Former Worldwide Soccer Participant


It’s mind-boggling and disappointing to have one of many former Liberian skilled soccer gamers (member of among the best groups within the annals of Liberian soccer) not being thought-about for the top coach place of the senior nationwide crew. Is there a benefit system being employed by these in cost to provide you with such a call? Within the first place, I’ve by no means believed and even now that Liberia wants a international coach put up our technology of soccer gamers.

Additionally, Lone Star’s participation in two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) competitions was led by native coaches, particularly Wilfred Lardner (South Africa, 1996), and Viva George together with Jericho Nagbe (Mali, 2002); even our proximity to qualifying for the 2002 World Cup was led by native coaches.

Typically, we search technical help externally when there’s a dearth of information or experience in areas to enhance our nation. Nevertheless, effort to develop the nationwide crew or undertake a profitable technique for the crew to be aggressive and profitable has been mediocre whereas options to our crew’s underperformance could be discovered proper right here. Sure, RIGHT HERE IN LIBERIA!

Let’s put my advocacy for former skilled gamers into perspective concerning options (proper earlier than our eyes) for our nationwide crew, particularly in consideration of the next: The previous skilled gamers introduced unprecedented glory to Liberia; the previous professionals performed for prime European groups, and later acquired teaching expertise.

A lot of the former skilled gamers have CAF B Teaching License that permits them to operate as head coaches for the totally different ranges of the Liberian nationwide groups (Senior crew, U23, U20, U17, and U15); the previous professionals are a gaggle comprising greater than 15 top-notch Liberian skilled gamers who elevated the nation’s soccer report throughout Lone Star’s heydays.

Furthermore, the previous professionals certified Liberia and carried out properly throughout Group Stage of the 2002 AFCON competitors (Mali 0, Liberia 0; Algeria 2, Liberia 2; Nigeria 1, Liberia 0); the previous professionals made the Liberian nationwide crew revered world wide, taking part in towards international locations like Mexico, Columbia, and so forth. (Mexico 5, Liberia 4; Columbia 2, Liberia 1); the previous skilled gamers virtually certified Liberia throughout the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers.

And I might go on and on to supply extra the reason why a former Liberian skilled participant, like his counterpart in Ghana, Senegal, Algeria or Nigeria, ought to be given the chance and supported to turn into head coach of the Lone Star; to make the Lone Star a formidable crew as we left it. Sure! It’s doable, my fellow Liberians.

In 2015, a three-year plan was proposed by one of many former skilled gamers and subsequently authorised by the LFA after the latter realized that former skilled gamers had been integral to soccer improvement and the progress of the Liberian nationwide crew. Sequence of conferences had been held with the LFA, and an understanding was reached; a roadmap ultimately developed to attain the LFA’s goal.

Accordingly, the previous professionals had been offered coaching to construct their capacities to finally head totally different groups (ranges) of the Liberian nationwide soccer groups, particularly U15, U17, U20, U23, and the senior crew. Those that attended the capacity-building, four-week CAF B Teaching License Course in 2015 included Joe Nagbe, Salinsa Debbah, George Weah, Kelvin Sebwe, Thomas Kojo, Oliver Makor, Varmah Kpoto, Jonah Saweah, George Gebro, and Janjay Jacobs.

Previous to the capacity-building initiative by the LFA, Kelvin Sebwe, Joe Nagbe, and Thomas Kojo had been already in possession of CAF B Teaching License. Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie and Dionysius Sebwe served as advisors to the group. The plan/program concerning the aforementioned groups was applied as follows:

​​SENIOR NATIONA TEAM
James Debbah​​Head Coach
Kelvin Sebwe​​Deputy Coach

​​U23 NATIONAL TEAM
Thomas Kojo​​Head Coach
Janjay Jacobs​​Deputy Coach

​​U20 NATIONAL TEAM
Christopher Wreh​Head Coach
Oliver Makor​​Deputy Coach

​​U16 NATIONAL TEAM
Joe Nagbe​​Head Coach
George Gebro​​Deputy Coach

​​U15 NATIONAL TEAM
Jonah Saweah​​Head Coach
Varmah Kpoto​​Deputy Coach

This distinctive group is destined to provide much-desired success if given extra help and endurance. The plan/program crafted then was economical for the nation; as a result of they love their nation, the previous professionals accepted wage as little as US$2500.00 month-to-month (head coach) as an alternative of the astronomically whopping international coach wage of US$15,000.00 or US$20,000.00 per thirty days.

The previous professionals have been prepared since their retirement from lively soccer to contribute in significant methods to help the expansion of soccer on this nation. They haven’t been absolutely acknowledged not simply just for their standing as former Liberian professionals (veterans certainly) but in addition their depth of information within the sport of soccer.

The second a part of the plan developed in 2015 with the LFA included unbiased collection of Liberian skilled gamers abroad in addition to skillful native gamers by the previous professionals. The collection of William Jerbo (skilled) and Oscar Dolley (local-based) on the nationwide crew was a part of this broader plan in motion. And the outcome was evident.

Nicely, if a FIFA or CAF Teaching Course had been held proper now, these former professionals would come out with flying colours. I do know that for positive, and might problem anybody to this. Subsequently, right here’s the query: Why is certainly one of these former skilled gamers who shaped a part of a gaggle that took Liberian soccer to a different stage internationally just isn’t being given the chance to operate as head coach of the senior nationwide crew?

Are these former professionals being ostracized for some cause? Or are they being pushed away from a occupation wherein they’ve acquired substantial expertise that promoted Liberia as a rustic endowed with a lot abilities?

Actually, I’d say it’s incomprehensible to take possibilities on international coaches that haven’t had vital influence on the Liberian nationwide crew whereas neglecting our personal former professionals who’re as certified because the international coaches.

Do your analysis on the previous Liberian skilled gamers, together with the span {of professional} soccer profession, groups performed for, qualification of groups performed for in European leagues, teaching expertise, and so forth. You’ll actually ask the identical query: why are we not utilizing the providers of our personal former Liberian skilled soccer gamers? The previous gamers are right here – skilled, certified, and examined!

Once more, why are we ignoring the significant contribution they’ll carry to the nationwide crew? These are the identical gamers that sacrificed for Liberia, risking their skilled profession when generally disagreeing with their golf equipment to seem for Liberia’s video games? Why are we treating them this fashion? Different international locations are utilizing their former skilled gamers as head coaches. Is Liberia totally different from them?

The previous professionals are position fashions to a technology of soccer gamers that got here after them; it’s a proven fact that since their retirement Liberia has not introduced the successes we a lot yearn for. Apparently, we solely wish to be nostalgic concerning the “George Weah Eleven” group whereas neglecting the essential position this similar distinctive group of gamers can play in making our present senior nationwide crew formidable.

So, the crux of my argument is to pick the top coach of the senior nationwide crew based mostly on a benefit system, and if a former skilled participant doesn’t meet the standards of the benefit system, let the report be an proof to the Liberian individuals; nonetheless, don’t simply appoint a head coach as a result of he/she is or could also be subservient to directors.

As said beforehand, Lone Star’s participation in two AFCON competitions was not solely led by native coaches but in addition as a result of wonderful efficiency of the exact same group of gamers which are being denied the chance to move the senior nationwide crew. It merely is sensible to have certainly one of these former skilled gamers turn into head coach whereas the remainder of them, together with skilled or examined native coaches, type a part of the technical workers.

Subsequently, if a benefit system is employed, we will definitely have the most effective of native coaches or the specified outcome. The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) beneath the auspice of the Ministry of Nationwide Protection we’re all happy with right now is undoubtedly a product of a benefit system. It’s a hit story.

The administration of the senior nationwide crew can be a hit story if a merit-based system is utilized in choosing or appointing a head coach. We simply must do the best factor for Liberians and for nation. These former professionals have one thing to supply Liberia put up retirement: downright experience and worldwide contacts. It’s so simple as that!

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