Lone Star gets new foreign coach

The Liberia Football Association has picked a Belgium to coach the Lone Star of Liberia. Coach Tom Saintfiet is being assisted by a local coach Thomas Kojo.

Coach Saintfiet has coached in several countries, including his country Belgium, Qatar, Germany, Faroe Islands, Finland and the Netherlands.

He is also a former head coach of Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Before going to Namibia, Saintfiet was manager of Finnish Premier League club RoPS Rovaniemi.

In 2002, Tom Saintfiet coached Faroese team B71 and finished second in the Faroe Isla First Division.

He then went on to become coach at Al-Ittihad Sports Club of Qatar (now called Al-Gharafa Sports Club).

In 2004 Tom led the Qatar U17 team to third place in the AFC Asian Championships and qualified for the U17 FIFA World Championships.

Prior to FIFA World Cup 2010, he was one of the candidates for to lead the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the World Cup qualifiers in South Africa.

The Lone Star of Liberia has been drawn against the Crocodiles of Lesotho in the preliminary contest to open their account in the 2015 African nations Cup finals in Morocco on a two-legged basis on May 18, 2014 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, Liberia. If the home boys should sail through under Coach Tom Saintfiet, they will lock horns with the winner from the Kenya, Comoros Island duel also on a two legged basis.

Tom Saintfiet (born March 29, 1973 in Mol, Belgium) is a Belgian association football manager and former player. He played football between 1983 and 1997 (FC Boom) before becoming a football manager at the age of 24, the youngest manager ever in Belgian football.

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