Liberia

Peter James Butler Takes Over Liberia National Team (LONE STAR)

The Liberia Football Association have officially unveiled former English professional footballer and Coach Peter James Butler as the new head coach of the Liberia National team.

He replace former Lone Star defender Thomas Kojo , who took over from ex –
Liberia Celebrated star James Salinsa Debbah, whom was at the helm of the Liberia National team from 2014-2017.

The former OGC Nice and Paris Saint Germain forward ,however failed to qualified the West African Nation for any major Continental Competitions , he eventually failed on the country quest to qualify for the 2014 and 2017 Africa’s Cup of Nations qualifiers and sequence World Cup qualifiers.

Like his predecessor, James Debbah , Coach Thomas Kojo also failed to qualify the Liberia National team for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifer as well as the 2019 CHAN Nations Championship. He was than sorted at the vacate the job after his failed mandate to qualify the team ,beyond the first round of the African Nations Championship preliminary round , losing 3-1 on Aggregate to Senegal, despite a narrow first leg victory at home, that immediately jet down in the country football book as the first win against their opponent, the LONE STAR, lost the return leg 3-0 to bow -out of the Competition , eventually risking Coach and his entourage Job.

French coach Pierre Mankowski, emerged as frontrunner to replace Thomas Kojo , but subsequently pulled out of a deal to take over the National Team of Liberia for Personal and Financial Reasons , the Liberian FA had earlier stated in a released.

English Coach Peter James Butler,who surface on the LONE STAR Shortlist of recent, won the heart of the Liberian football House technical Committee, whose than handed the former Platinum Stars and Botswana National team Coach a one -year deal, with obligations to qualify the LONE STAR of Liberia for the upcoming 2021 Africa’s Nations Cup and the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The 52-year-old trainer,Butler has signed a one year contract with the Liberia Football Association with the option to extend based on performance.

“I am very pleased to become the new coach of Liberia and it was an opportunity wish really I did not want to turn down.”

“It was not a money moved, I can assure and it is not about financial gain. It is about a great challenge that I will contribute into the rise of Liberian football and not just on the senior national team front but also on the respective levels.

Butler was unveiled in the Chamber of the LFA on Wednesday, August 21,with variety of Stakeholders and Journalists,the former Botswana national team and Platinum Star Coach,succeeds Thomas Kojo as head coach of the Liberia National team the (LONE STAR).

The details of Butler’s Contract was not reveal by the Liberia Football Association , but it is believe to be a remunerative deal for all parties involved.
Speaking upon the announcement, LFA president Mustapha Raji declared: “We are delighted to welcome Peter Butler to our national team. He has a mandate to qualify us for the Africa’s Cup of nations and the World Cup 2021 & 2022 respectively.
“We hope and believe that Mr. Butler will bring the needed change to Liberian football to help other coaches to develop football in Liberia,” the LFA President said.

Butler’s is a young and ambitious coach with international experience, a winning mentality and a reputation for bold, attacking football that will help us a lot, the most of all he has an experience coaching an African team and that is extremely boost for he.

“From the very first conversations we had with him, he made it very clear he wanted to come to Liberia and was excited about the challenge of working with our players and helping our players and coaches, Raji said.

According to the LFA President, the English coach will be in Liberia to help develop football in the country while working with the local Liberian coaches.

Brief profile :

Peter James Butler (born 27 August 1966 in Halifax) is an English professional football player and coach. As a player, he made more than 450 appearances in the Football League and the Premier League.
He then took up coaching, first in England and then in Australia and South-East Asia.
He was in charge of the Botswana national team from 2014 until 2017. He is the manager of Indonesian Liga 1 club PSMS.

Coach Butler has become the successor of Thomas Kojo .

The 52 years old arrived in the country on Tuesday ,August 20 and has been given immediate charge over the team training next week Tuesday in preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers.

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