Grand Bassa Accepts Protest Results, Congratulates Margibi
April 11, 2018, – Monrovia, Liberia: Grand Bassa County has officially accepted the ruling of the National County Sports Meet’s Grievance and Protest Committee, which upholds the result of the April 6 football match won by Margibi County.
The committee, headed by Youth and Sports director for sports, Navarro Saykie, recently ruled against Grand Bassa on allegations of Margibi fielding an ineligible player.
Following several hours of deliberations with all parties behind closed door last Monday, the committee established that the player in question, Lester Z. Boyd, is considered a 3rd division player who was duly registered by Margibi County.
Grand Bassa County had protested that Boyd was a third division league player, something which, if discovered to be true, would have disqualified the player for the county to be awarded the three points on offer.
However, following its investigation, the committee specified that player Lester Z. Boyd played for Tony FC in the 2015/16 league season and contributed to the team’s promotion to the 2nd division but did not feature for the club since its transition. Hence, he is a legitimate player in the 2018 National Count Sports Meet.
Grand Bassa County in a communication to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, chief organizer of the tournament Tuesday, under the signature of its chairman, Surprise Whea said: “we accept the ruling of your committee on grounds that we have to move ahead with the country’s national agenda”.
The county also assured – “We are committed to the theme of the tournament, “Uniting Liberia after the General & Presidential Elections” as we foster the government of Liberia Pro Poor Agenda.
In the communication, Bassa congratulated Margibi County for its successful qualification to the quarter final stage of the event.