A strong stance was displayed by national team coach Thomas Kojo today 15th October, 2018 after the national team match against Congo Brazzaville .The Lonestar recorded a remarkable first win in the ongoing 2019 AFCON Qualifiers on home soil under returnee coach Thomas Kojo .What is not clear up to date, is the question of the coach contract ,neither the Liberia FA or Ministry of Youth and Sports has confirmed that he has been offered a contract as coach, as it is done is any professional engagement in many parts of the world. Or if his performance will be base on AFCON 2019 Qualifiers.
Thomas Kojo record of coaching can be dated back to his role as an assistant coach with FC AK. On July 9, 2008, Kojo was appointed interim coach of FC AK after the surprise resignation of Ali Akan. In November 2013, Kojo became the interim technical advisor for the national team for the second time, and will be in charge for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. Our team has a lot of problem, we are not there, this team has a lot of work to do, and we are not there yet.
Speaking to the press, the coach was in an angry tone, lashed at the manner in which there has not been a contract to date, but rather journalist take delight and speaking ill of the coach when defeat comes. He was speaking at the post match conference. It can be recalled that a, 3-1 loss in the first leg in Brazzaville on Tuesday, October 11, sent the nation into a national questioning of the coach ability and his style of selection, as well.
And not because of the win, but the problem is with you people the journalist, the coach lashed at “l don’t even have a mandate, the LFA has also not given the coach any mandate, I don’t have a contract.
Kojo’s first task was to prepare the team for the July 26 independence international friendly game against Sierra Leone which he recorded a draw match .His tenure as coach, has seen -National under-20 team goalkeeper, Ashley Williams given a chance to make his senior team debut in a competitive match, replacing Spanish-born goalkeeper, Boison Wynney ,a risk many see has paid-off . The national football team, Lone Star, has also played Congo DR, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, and has supervised some youthful matches for Liberia. He left BYC Football.
The coach lamented saying “i have been working since July, l don’t have a contract, no one is talking about it” i have not been paid up today he added. “But soon selection is made, everyone can coach “. Thomas Kojo took over from former national team player James Debbah who was the coach of Liberia, but was replaced after a short stay playing almost
Coach Kojo attended Lindsey Wilson College where he was a 1996 first team All NAIA soccer player. Kojo was an assistant coach with FC AK. In November 2013, Kojo became the interim technical advisor for the national team for the second time, and was in charge for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. On 9 January 2015, Kojo became technical director at Barrack Young Controllers FC. Kojo, the former Azziz Kara Football Club head coach, this bring his stint with the national team the third time. He was first appointed in 2012 after returning from Nigeria with the U-23 team that finished third in the 2011 WAFU Nations Cup. He won his first game in charge of the national team with a 1-0 win over Namibia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
He is also called on the Liberia FA to arrange for the Lonestar to play series of international friendly matches ,as this will serve as a testing ground for the players ,as part of the efforts to build a formidable national team .
Story by Staff Reporter