“Musa Bility is bereft of ideas and the record is there to prove it…”
By Hawa Wesseh
The appointment of James Salinsa Debah as Liberia’s Lone Stars 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 forward. 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, 000dollars 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, a businessman who is busy running his private companies is entrusted to safeguard Liberia’s football future. What was 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 tend 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 have been serious about coaching and he has shown that he can produce results . It can not 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 return to 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 heir 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 he 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 a new FA Board constituted that will move Liberian football forward!
Liberian Lone Stars pic: www.liberianentetainment