MONROVIA—-Reports say the Liberian FA has hired Coach Ansu Keita and has been awarded a two-year contract to coach Lone Stars with a monthly salary of US$5000. A communication dated December 29, supposedly from Ansumana Keita to chairman Ivan Brown reads: “I have agreed to the mandate and proposal of the overall US$6000, as salary including benefits without tax. Please note that the gasoline and scratch cards provided are for my daily routines. In the event I have to travel outside of the capital on official duties, the LFA is requested to provide transportation means or gasoline and data for the purpose of the trip. I also agreed to the one round trip ticket”. Keita’s two-year contract is worth approximately 150, 000 United States dollars.
The benefits include US$500 monthly for feeding allowance, US$100 for laundry, US$150 for internet package, US$200 for gasoline, US$50 for car washing, one round trip ticket per year for (economic class) for Coach Keita to visit his family in Canada, travel allowance every time Lone Star plays an away match (to be determined by GOL) and a win bonus of US$1,500.
The contract mandate, in other words, mandates Coach Keita to qualify Liberia for the 2023 Nations Cup in Ivory Coast – Develop a local-based national team to qualify for the next CHAN final tournament, and Qualify the Lone Stars for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations. It’s understood that Coach Keita has UEFA “B” Coaching License, as per his credential submitted to the vetting committee.
The New Liberian coach reportedly hand-picked his backroom staff. The Assistant Coach, Goalkeeper Trainer, and Physical Trainer will earn US$84,000 over the two years, as a salary. Deputy Coach Cooper Sannoh will receive US$2000 as a monthly salary, while Goalkeeper Trainer Nathaniel Sherman and Physical Trainer George Gebro get US$ 750 each, as a monthly salary.
Some members of the Lone Stars’ c vetting committee include former FIFA batch referee Jerry Yekeh, Liberia international Anthony Laffor, and former Lone Star players Anthony Tokpa and Frank Jerico Nagbe. Others are, Roseline Konneh – Mighty Barrolle Vice President for Operation and wife of LFA First Vice President Sekou Konneh, Mwalimu-koh Jackson, one Osoro, who is serving as co-chair and an individual only identify as Henriet in the group chat.