5 December 2012

Liberia: Coach Smith Turns the Page - Breaks Home Record - As Misery Continues

The man classified by the Liberia Football Association as the best coach to lead the national football team to success has proven himself longer a person to be trusted with such position.

Coach J. Kaetu Smith has not given the football populace a victory in a competitive match since he took over the helm of the nation's pride and joy the Lone Star, but to destroy the country fine home record. Smith over the weekend turns a new page in the soccer circle of Liberia by succumbing the country's record to little known Mauritania.

Liberia has maintained a better home record in major competitions since 2006 when she lost to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun with a 2-1at the SKD.

For the weekend tussle, Coach Smith men played below expectation as one may predict the team did not practice for considerable length of time before the match.

The man in the dugout for the red, white and blue outfit played his sixth competitive game on Sunday which he surrendered all three points to the visitors.

Kaetu Smith has managed just three points from the six encounters that is he drew three and lost three.

During the era of coach Smith, Liberia lost to Senegal 3-1 in Dakar and drew with Angola 0-0 at the SKD in continuation of Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The Lone Star also held the Namibian 0-0 away and drew with the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-2 at the SKD both matches were part of the 2013 AFCON qualifier and finally, Liberia lost to Nigeria 6-1 in Calabar, a match that was the decider for a slot at next year Africa prestigious tournament and lately lost to Mauritian 1-0 in Monrovia which was the first round of the home based nations cup with the goal coming in 21st minute of the match.

The former Director of Girls' football at Fusion Soccer Academy in the United States has an assessment contract with the local football house for two years to lead the country football team.

During one of his monthly press confab, the President of the Liberia Football Association Musa H. Bility confirmed that the coach contract is untouchable whether win or not will stay on the dugout for two years.

With frustrating results keep producing and enormous public outcry for the coach resignation, report gathered by our Sports Desk says the LFA is considering terminating the contract of the coach, but the unanswered question is who to replace Coach Smith, should it be local or foreign national?

J. Kaetu Smith was recommended to the football running body by his long time buddy now Technical Director of the LFA Henry Brown to take over the team which gives the blue building heads no option but to immediately terminate the contract of stand-in-coach Thomas Kojo.

With confidence vested in the Technical Director by the FA, its President Musa Bility openly said the job of the technical director as life time job after declaring his colleague Smith untouchable.

According to Mr. Bility Henry Browne job is to design football development plan for the FA to move the game forward in the country.

Football pundits are calling on the removal of the technical director and the national team coach if the game is to move ahead.

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