31 December 2012

Liberia: Weah Asked to Help Find New Coach for Lone Star

The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Musa Hassan Bility, has asked the country's soccer legend Ambassador George M. Weah to help find a new but competent coach for the country's national soccer squad, the Lone Star.

The decision by the LFA, according to information gathered by this paper over the weekend, was triggered by the dismissal of Lone Star team coach Kaetu Smith and his assistants after poor results during their seven months on the job. Smith and his team were appointed in May of this year but failed to win any of his five competitive matches.

The LFA President added that Liberia's legend Weah will head the committee to find a replacement for the dismissed coach Smith and his assistants.

Mr. Bility told the BBC Sports that "Someone has to take responsibility for the team's dismal showing and in this case, it is the coach". Liberia's qualifying results statistics under Smith are as follow: World Cup: Lost 3-1 v Senegal (a), World Cup: Drew 0-0 v Angola (h); Nations Cup: Drew 0-0 v Namibia (a); Nations Cup: Drew 2-2 v Nigeria (h); Nations Cup: Lost 6-1 v Nigeria (a).

"We also understand that the players lack commitment, patriotism and emotion for their country," the LFA boss said. Bility said the new Lone Star team will include players who demonstrate commitment to play for Liberia.

Weah, who was critical of the appointment of Smith and his committee, will now have the opportunity to bring in the kind of new coach in place that will produce the needed results to the admiration of Liberians for the next round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers in March.

Liberia is currently at the bottom of their World Cup qualifying group following the 3-1 loss in Senegal and a goalless draw at home to Namibia. The country next qualifier will be at home to the other team in the group with Uganda.

When he was put in charge in May, Coach Smith did manage two wins in friendly encounters featuring under-strength sides as the Lone Star beat visiting Malawi and Ghana in September.

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