James Debbah

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

James Debbah
Personal information
Full name James Salinsa Debbah
Date of birth (1969-12-14) 14 December 1969
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Mighty Barrolle ?? (??)
1989–1990 Union Douala ?? (??)
1990–1991 Olympique Alès 21 (6)
1991–1992 Monaco 12 (2)
1992–1995 Lyon 80 (18)
1995–1997 Nice 57 (22)
1997 Anderlecht 7 (2)
1998 Paris Saint-Germain 12 (0)
1998–1999 Ankaragücü 2 (0)
1999–2001 Iraklis 45 (17)
2001–2003 Al-Jazira 61 (34)
2003–2004 Al-Muharraq SC ?? (??)
2008–2009 PKT Bontang 32 (14)
2009–2010 Persiram Raja Ampat 16 (5)
National team
1988–2018 Liberia 73 (42)
Teams managed
2013–2017 Liberia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Born in Monrovia, Debbah began his professional football career with the Liberian squad Mighty Barrolle in 1984. In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala ofeason. In 1990, Debbah moved 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 career

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.[2]

He made a final appearance for the national team in September 2018, at the age of 48, making him the third oldest international player on record.[3]

Personal life

Debbah is the cousin of Liberian footballer George Weah.[4]


  1. "JAMES DEBBAH - Player Details TFF". www.tff.org. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. Liberia stoned by fans BBC Sport, 5 July 2004
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45511502
  4. Debbah slams Weah's Liberia bid BBC Sport, 10 August 2005


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