God’s blessing and commitment make us win - Says Coach Debah
The head coach of the Liberia national soccer squad, the Lone Star, James ‘Salinsa’ Debah, has attributed the Lone Star’s crucial win away to Guinea Bissau to the blessing of God and the players’ commitment.
It can be recalled that Liberia was drawn against Guinea Bissau in a draw that was held in St. Petersburg, Russia early this year for the first preliminary round of the World Cup qualification.
The first leg was played last Thursday, October 8, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia with Liberian fans leaving the stadium in total distress following a disappointing 1-1 draw against the Bissau Guineans.
Despite the disappointing result at home, the youthful Liberian side was never deterred and went to record a pleasing 3-1 victory away from home soil, thanks to a hat trick from in-form-striker William Jebor.
The win advanced Liberia to the last preliminary stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking to the media following the game, Coach Debah said the victory was a blessing from God, because his players were committed and took all instructions.
“I first of all want to thank God for this blessing. For me, I consider this as a great blessing from God. I also want to thank our players who remained committed and followed all instructions,” said the Lone Star Coach.
“This win is a big step forward to our campaign. Big step because it gives us the hope and confidence that we can overcome any pressure,” he added.
Also speaking, the Lone Star three-goal hero, Jebor also thanked God for the victory, which according to him, indicates that the Lone Star team is once more getting back on its feet.
“I thank God for giving me the strength to do what I am able to do best. I also want to thank my colleagues for the cooperation, because we really played like a team,” he said.
For his part, the President of Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Musa Hassan Bility, lauded the Government of Liberia (GoL) headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for its support to the national soccer team.