One of Liberia’s international celebrated soccer stars, and believed to be the cousin of President George Manneh Weah, James ‘Salinsa’ Debbah, has finally broken silence of his quest to contest the Montserrado County Electoral District # 9 representative post following the death of the district’s Representative, Muna Pelham Youngblood, noting that he will make the difference when elected by the people.
Speaking on the OK FM in Monrovia, the former Coach of Liberia’s National Team, the Lone Star, Debbah bragged that he has the people of the district at heart, and further promised to bring about meaningful changes during his reign as their representative of the district.
When asked as to what political Party he hopes to affiliate with during his bid for the race, Debbah disclosed that he is currently affiliating with the opposition Liberty Party and could likely run on the Party’s ticket.
Debbah had a successful football career starting with Mighty Barrolle, then Union Duala, before following Weah to Europe through the French Ligue 3 side Olympique Ales. He later journeyed to AS Monaco, Lyon, Nice, Anderlecht, Paris St. Germain and a short spell Greece, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Years after his retirement from football, Debbah says the timing is right for him to enter politics and play a major role in the community he grew up. “I was born, raised and nurtured in District No. 9; I have never had the capacity to atleast give back. So, now I think the time is ripe for me to give back to my community, this time in a more distinctive and a more complicated capacity.