President George Weah Tuesday broke grounds for the construction of a Multi-Purpose sports complex at the Invincible Eleven (IE) training sports Park in the Airfield, Sinkor Area.
Giving the overview of the stadium, Minister of State Without Portfolio, Trokon Kpui said, the modern facility will include, a standard Fifa football field, two soccer practice patch, two basketball court, a tennis and volleyball court.
It will also include track and field stretch, a mini children playground and parking space.
He noted that the modern sports stadium will be named Invincible Sports Park.
Minister Kpui added that due to Civil Aviation regulations, there will be no building at the new park.
He said, there will be airline safety arrival lights instil at the park to ensure safety measure.
The Minister continued that, the project manager will work closely with the Ministry of Transport to make sure all Civil Aviation guidelines are followed.
He also mentioned that the project will take four months to complete.
Also speaking, Liberia Football Association president Mustapha Raji thanked President Weah for his efforts and energy to boost sports in the country.
He said the President move for sports development in the country is not surprising and such initiative will encourage others to invest in sports.
Mr Raji mentioned that the development of sports is key and encouraged the President to extend the construction of sporting facilities into other counties to create more professionals including more George Weah and bigger names.
The LFA boss thanked Mr Weah for taking off taxes from sports construction materials for the stadium to be built.
For his part, Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson said, the IE soccer park has seen many of Liberia’s soccer legends including President Weah, Joe Nagbe, Robert Clark among others.
He noted that the groundbreaking ceremony is historic. Minister Wilson added that the construction of parks will create short term jobs for the Ministry’s TVET students.
He encouraged the citizens of that community to take ownership of the project and put in place high-security measures to keep it safe.
Mr Wilson noted that the stadium will also improve Liberian athletes.
Meanwhile, President George Weah, mentioned that he practised several times at the park when he once played for the IE.
“I broke my first record in the high school league right here on this field by defeating the famous Wells Hairston High School when I played for the Muslim Congress High School on the other side of this airfield, called The Bench Old-Timers Field…right over there”, President Weah informed the public.
According to the President, the park is honor for producing the first and only Liberian and the first African to have won the World’s Best Footballer title, the Ballon d’Ór and played a meaningful role in the country’s history.
He said it served for many years as the site where hundreds of Liberian women, wearing white, prayed for peace to return to Liberia.
“They were here as Prayer Warriors for our Nation, in the heat and the rain, laying on the ground and sitting in the sand, with no shelter from the elements.
According to Mr Weah, in recognition, gratitude, and appreciation of their patriotic efforts, this Park will contain a special Prayer Ground area for them to continuing praying.
The Multi-Purpose Complex will also have an outdoor gym, walking trail and will be freely accessible to everyone. Work on the complex is to begin Tuesday, February 10, 2021.