The LISCR FC Head Coach appeared to have succumbed to pressure from Lone Star Coach James Debbah over the continued bench-role of player Trokon Zeon, but said the decision to use the player in Sunday nil-nil draw against Nimba United in the 2015 Liberia Football Association (LFA) First Division Championship playoff was never influenced by Debbah.
LISCR FC Coach Cooper Sannoh has told journalists James Debbah had no part to play with the use of defender Trokon Zeon in the 0-0 draw against United on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The Lone Star coach, at the end of the first half, was heard in a conversation with the defender right before the media, questioning why he was left on the bench for the match and the player openly told him it was the coach’s decision.
Coach Debbah then held Zeon by his hand and went straight into the LISCR FC dressing room where he was seen holding talk with Sannoh.
Coach Sannoh had to substitute former Mighty Blue Angels right-back Blidi Jackson who he had played ahead of Zeon continually this season for the Lone Star defender to feature in the encounter.
The former Invincible Eleven (IE) defender’s call to the national team recently came under media scrutiny as a result of his lack of playing time this season at LISCR.
Debbah had apparently taken the action to protect his decision to select the player over many right-backs in the local league.
Debbah has continually defended his decision over the selection of Zeon, saying “he is one of the most experienced locals.
Zeon and teammate Tommy Songo as well as Murphy Dolley were the local players on the Lone Star team that defeated Tunisia 1-0 a fortnight ago in Monrovia.