James Debbah

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James Debbah
Personal information
Full name James Salinsa Debbah
Date of birth (1969-12-14) 14 December 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre striker
Club information
Current team
Liberia (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Mighty Barolle ?? (??)
1989–1990 Union Douala ?? (??)
1990–1991 Olympique Alès 21 (6)
1991–1992 AS Monaco FC 12 (2)
1992–1995 Olympique Lyonnais 80 (18)
1995–1997 OGC Nice 57 (22)
1997 R.S.C. Anderlecht 7 (2)
1998 Paris Saint-Germain 12 (0)
1998–1999 Ankaragücü 2 (0)
1999–2001 Iraklis 45 (17)
2001–2003 Al-Jazira Club 61 (34)
2003–2004 Muharraq Club ?? (??)
2008–2009 PKT Bontang 32 (14)
2009–2010 Persiram Raja Ampat 16 (5)
National team
1988–2004 Liberia 72 (42)
Teams managed
2013– Liberia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James 'Salinsa' Debbah (born 14 December 1969 in Monrovia) is a Liberian former football striker. He is currently the manager of Liberia.[1]


Debbah was born in Monrovia on 14 December 1969. He is the cousin of Liberian footballer George Weah.[2]

Football career[edit]

Debbah began his professional football career with the Liberian squad Mighty Barolle in 1984. In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon, where he lasted only 1 season. In 1990, Debbah moved to the French squad Olympique Alès. In 1991, Debbah moved up to the Ligue 1 squad AS Monaco and played the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals, then the year later he moved to Olympique Lyonnais. In 1995, moved across Ligue 1 to OGC Nice, where he lasted until 1997. In that year, Debbah moved to the Belgian League squad R.S.C. Anderlecht. He moved back to Ligue 1 for one season with Paris Saint-Germain. After leaving Paris Saint-Germain, Debbah moved to the Turkcell Super League squad Ankaragücü for the 1998 and 1999 seasons, then to the Iraklis squad in Greece. Debbah moved with Al-Jazeera Club from 2001–2003 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, then Muharraq Club from 2003–2004 in Muharraq, Bahrain. Four years after leaving Muharraq Club, he moved with Indonesia Super League squad, PKT Bontang for only one season (2008–09)

International competitions[edit]

Debbah was part of both the 1996 and 2002 Liberian national football squads in the African Cup of Nations. During a July 2004 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Togo in Monrovia, Debbah, as captain, refused to be substituted in the 53rd minute, instead waiting until the 68th minute to leave the pitch. The match resulted in a 0–0 draw, causing the team to leave the stadium under the protection of an armoured personnel carrier.[3] Liberia finished in last place in their group during qualification, with only 4 points after 10 matches. The draw with Togo was their only draw during the qualification.