By: Hawa Wesseh
Former Ghana Black Stars Coach Kwesi JamesAppiah, will likely replace James Salinsa Debbah who has said he is resigning for the second time in a month, given heavy criticisms against him in Liberia, that he lacked the technical nous to coach the national team, after he failed to beat the Togo Hawks in a afcon qualification at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia few weeks ago. Appiah is the current coach of Sudanese side Al Khartoum SC.
The Ghanaian trainer took the Black Stars to the 2014World Cup in Brazil, and performed well against all odds. Arguably his best game was against Germany in which the Black Stars under Appiah played its best game, which was one of the best games of the tournament. Germany went on to win the title. Reports say his two years contract in Sudan is almost over.
Although he has been linked with a club in the Ghanaian league, the Liberia Lone Stars job looks more attractive and promising, giving that the West African country is rebuilding and in need of an experience coach like Coach Appiah. Ghana and Liberia play similar footballs and pundits believe Appiah could find success in Liberia, giving the talent currently available which needs to be harness and nurture. “A lot of young Liberian players will find success under Appiah,” says a LFA source, not authorized to speak to the press for this article.
Although the Liberia Football Association [LFA] is yet to say if it will hired Appiah, an official at the Liberian FA, said “He is someone we think we can work with given his immense experience and technical abilities. He is definitely a good coach.”
Efforts to reach LFA president Musa Hassan Bility were not successful, but a representative of Coach Appiah has said the Ghanaian tactician has “several options currently on the table right now and was considering all available possibilities, and will make the right decision at the right time. Liberia produced George Weah, so we know there are talents in the country, but time will tell.”
Up 2-0 against rivals the Hawks of Togo with 55mins, the Liberians under James Debbah surrendered the home lead as Togo came from behind to equalized and earned a vital away draw, walking away with a point to the dismay of fans. The home derby in Monrovia was Liberia’s best chance of qualification in 15 years. Togo is led by veteran French coach Claude Leroy, which sees the Hawks, Tunisia, and Liberia in a tight race, with Tunisia and Togo expected to qualify, after the Lone Stars and James Debbah dropped the ball in Monrovia weeks ago. Togo last game is against group whipping boys Djibouti at home, while Liberia will meet Tunisia in Tunis in September.