LFA Awards 2021: Dispute Worsen Over Best Goalkeeper Title as Kwado Refuse to let go of Accolade

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Sanniquellie based First Division Club Nimba Kwado have broken silenced that they will not relinquish the Best Goalkeeper title which was bestowed on their goalkeeper at the recent LFA Awards Gala over the weekend.

Mohammed Kanu was named winner of the Best Goalkeeper award Male Category at a well attended ceremony of 2021 LFA Awards gala at the famous Ministerial Complex on 2 October in Congo Town, Montserrado County.

Ever since the ceremony, there has been series of tensions against the local football house over the Best Goalkeeper award with Heaven Eleven Football Club earlier protesting that the award was not fairly given as it should be.

In a communication to the Liberia Football Association (LFA) on October 3 less than 24 hours intervals after the ceremony, the 2nd Division champions argued that their goalkeeper, Teddy Kollie was the deserving winner of the accolade based on the fact that he [Kollie] recorded more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the league last season.

In the letter, the Board of the Yekepa giants officially informed the Liberian football authority that they were withdrawing from the upcoming First Division league season which they are expected to make their debut having gained promotion from the 2nd tier in the past campaign.

Following that, the LFA Secretariat and the Awards Committee somersaulted their decision having gone through the statistics which substantiated Heaven Eleven’s argument and proved that goalkeeper Kollie was the deserving winner of the individual title with referenced to the stats from the competition department of the local FA.

With that, in a letter to the two clubs on 6 October, LFA secretary-general Isaac Montgomery said records from the competitions department showed that Kollie kept the most clean sheets, which was the sole criterion for the winner.

The stats from the LFA’s competition department indicated that Kollie played 25 games, kept 15 clean sheets and conceded 14 goals in the Orange second division while Kanu played 19 games, kept 12 clean sheets and conceded 12 goals in the Orange first division.

Teddy Kollie, Goalkeeper, Heaven Eleven Football Club
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Teddy Kollie, Goalkeeper, Heaven Eleven Football Club

In the Communication, the LFA apologized to Kanu and Nimba Kwado and requested that the symbolic award be revoked and turned over to the Heaven Eleven’s shotstopper.

However, Nimba Kwado have taken an exception to the latter decision from the LFA and believe that their goalkeeper is the rightful winner of the prestigious award.

Kwado's Mohammed Kanu, Photo by Nimba Kwado media
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“Our goalkeeper, Mohammed Kanu is the rightful winner of the LFA/Orange “Best Goalkeeper” award for the 2021 League season”. Nimba Kwado said in a statement on Friday, October 8, 2021.

“We are not returning the trophy award, as requested by you (LFA)”. The release from the Nimbaians further stated.
Kwado have at the same time asked the LFA to hand over the cash prize attached to the award.

“We look forward to receiving the cash award as soon as possible”.
The Ton Pea Mea have also threatened to take further actions by seeking proper redress against the football ruling body of Liberia.

“Failure to receive the cash award upon delivery of other winners, we will be left with no other option but to seek an appropriate redress.” The Club’s statement concluded.

Both Nimba Kwado and Heaven Eleven are the only 2 out of 12 First Division clubs participating in the coming season that are based in Nimba County.

Kwado are expected to take on their newest and closest First Division neighbors Heaven Eleven in a classical Nimba derby showdown on the opening day of the forthcoming season at the Nimba County stadium in Sanniquellie.

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