Following the recent defeat of Liberia’s national soccer team Lone Star in Mali, soccer fans have been expressing anger about the performance of the technical Director. During an opinion poll carried out by the New Dawn, Liberians unanimously repudiated the 66 years old Hungarian technician.
“Bicskei fooled the LFA authorities. He has nothing to offer the growth of football in this country,” Anthony Brown, a “die hard” fan of Lone Star, expressed. Lawrence Logan, another football fan, wants the local football house to revisit or terminate the Hungarian contract “and launch a search for a competent person that will bring back the Nation’s lost pride.”
When the name of Bertalan Bicskei was announced by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) as head coach of the senior National Team of Liberia (Lone Star), most if not all soccer fans in the country, saw it as the dawning of a brand new day for Liberian football.
Expectations were very high among football enthusiasts, some were very optimistic that this time around the Lone Star was going to have several victories at home, while others trusted the tactics of Bicskei in securing away victories and minimum draws.
But the capability of Lone Star’s head coach began to be the subject of lots of doubt after he poorly built a team that forced Zimbabwe to a 1 – 1 draw on the 5th of September 2010 in Lone Star’s opening match for the 2012 AFCON qualifier.
The expulsion and subsequent recall of three starting players of the team by Bicskei, followed by a discouraging if not frustrating result, has plunged the fans of Lone Star in despair. They believe the Malians defeat is a manifestation of Coach Bertalan Bicskei’s inability to handle Lone Star.
“U see my brother, it is good that New Dawn is interviewing us, to prove that the job is big for Bicskei, the old man misplaced the players, he put central defenders in the midfield and sent midfielders else where,” Lewis Washington, another football fan pointed out.
Cognizant of Lone Star’s past record, some fans think that the present performance of the team is “a complete misrepresentation of our image in soccer.”
Laurence Kabah, a very nostalgic fan of the Lone Star said: “This is the country of the most titled African player, George Manneh Weah. It is unacceptable to allow this. Why can’t the LFA go for a good and renowned soccer technician that will restore our soul?”