Debbah, Sebwe Off To Germany
-Ahead of World Cup Qualifiers Oct. 8
By: Leroy M. Sonpon, III
By 3:45pm yesterday, Liberia’s national football team coaches, James Salinsa Debbah and Kelvin Sebwe boarded Kenya Airways and responded cheerfully to waving Liberians at the Robert International Airport (RIA), on their way to Germany, after defeating Tunisia 1-0.
One report said at the RIA, the duo waved to the cheering crowd, while other report said they shook hands with few members in the crowd and rushed to the terminal.
Deputy Head Coach Sebwe, 43, in a telephone interview yesterday said the training would last for three weeks, from the 7th to the 25 of September.
He said the training is an international coaching course organized by the German Government.
“At the end of the training, we will go to Holland, and watch a game between Holland based Liberian players and a 2nd division team,” Coach Sebwe said. “And we would likely recruit potential players.”
Coach Debbah, 48, described the coaching training as timely that would beef up their tactical and physical training knowledge ahead of another international football tournament, the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which will begin next month.
According to the draw of World Cup 2018, Liberia is paired with Guinea Bissau.
The two countries must play the two-leg between 8th and the 13th of October.
The Secretary General of the LFA, Alphonso Armah said Liberia would host Guinea Bissau on the 8th and play Guinea Bissau on the 13 in the return leg.
This means that the two coaches (Debbah and Sebwe) will be physically absent from the technical bench but would still supervise the selection of the team.
Coach Sebwe attributed the 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday to team-work. Debbah thanked the players and Liberians for the moral support on Saturday and called on the government to give ‘more support’ to the Lone Star.
“We need more support, we’re 43rd in Africa and 160th in the world and if we could defeat Tunisia, 4th in Africa and 33rd in the world, then it means that we need both moral and financial support to maintain the spirit,” Coach Debbah said.