Debbah-my resignation was a figure of speech
By Boy Dolo
James Debbah said his recent threat to resign as head coach of the Senior National Team was a joke intended to put stakeholders on alert about the crucial Nations Cup qualifier against the Hawks of Togo in June.
Debbah has somersaulted on his recent threat to step down as Head Coach of the Senior National Team of Liberia after 17 months in charge of the red, white and blue.
The Mighty Barrolle legend recently posted on his facebook page that he would resign after the match with Togo due to what he calls “an unprofessional environment at the local football house”.
But appearing on the on State Radio last week, Debbah said the statement was a figure of speech intended to shake those concern about the importance of the match against Togo.
“I didn’t mean what I posted. Why will I resign after I am on the brink of making history, I will never, never. I was only trying to let our people know the importance of this coming game with Togo”, Debbah shockingly said.
He said the country have to do everything possible to win the match which he believe would be a giant step to qualification to Gabon 2017.
“We have to do everything in our reach to win the game against Togo. We should be complacent, we are not there yet. If we get 12 points, it would mean a lot for us. A lot of teams in the qualification grouping will not accumulate such points, we have to win. Everything that is needed must be put into place,” the former PSG striker added.
Debbah has won four of his eight matches in charge of the Senior National Team including his record- breaking wins over Guinea-Bissau away and Djibouti at home. He has however lost three and drew one.
Liberia faces Togo on 5th June in a vital tie to determine the winner of Group A in the African Nations cup qualification.
Liberia is prettily seated at the summit of Group A with nine points and a win in Monrovia will take them to 12 points, while a defeat will dash their hope of making it to the their third Nations Cup final.
Togo is in a must win position sitting on 7 points and with their last game against Djibouti, it can be safe to say Togo will be at 10 points at the end of the last match day, but a win in Monrovia will put them at 13 points.