The Liberia Football Association (LFA), and the County Administration of Nimba County have signed a 25-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) lease agreement for the development of the Gompa Sports Stadium in Ganta into a modern facility.
The agreement was signed in Ganta on Thursday, 22 April. The Gompa Sports Stadium was approved at the LFA Ordinary Congress last June, in Paynesville by its Executive Committee, the highest decision making body of the LFA becoming the first pitch in Nimba to benefit from the FIFA Forward 2.0 program.
Under the program, USD$2 millions dollars was awarded to each member association around the world including Liberia for projects development for the period of four years.
Under the regulations governing the release of this funding, the property must be owned by or lease to the LFA.
It is against this backdrop that the County Administration in consultation with the County’s Legislative Caucus of Nimba turned the facility over to the Liberia local football governing body for the next 25 calendar years.
Signing the deal yesterday, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) was represented by its President Mr. Mustapha Ishola Raji, while Superintendent Nelson Korquoi signed on behalf of the Caucus and the citizens of Nimba.
“I am overwhelmed in regards to seeing this development into our county [Nimba] because Ganta is the commercial capital of Nimba. For Ganta [Gompa Sports Stadium] to have a turf for our brothers and sisters to play football, it’ll be very good for us, so I want to say a big thank you to Mr. Raji and the entire heads at the LFA for this project that’s coming to our door.” Superintendent Korquoi said at the signing ceremony.
Also speaking Mr. Raji made these statements. “The Gompa stadium in Nimba was approved by the executive committee to install an artificial turf and stadium lights and give opportunity to those in Nimba as the first phase and then we can move to Sanniquellie and other cities around Nimba.
What I love the citizens of Nimba to understand is that, this facility will not be taken away from Nimba to Montserrado or be owned by the LFA. “When our administration took over, our vision is to develop football not only in Montserrado [Monrovia], but in Liberia in order to give opportunity to every young Liberian in other counties that have the facilities in term of infrastructural development and as part our responsibility to provide quality facilities.” He said.
Meanwhile, the LFA boss revealed that if all goes well, the final geo-survey exercise at the Gompa Sports Stadium will be done by November this year and then work will kick-off the early part of January 2022.
The LFA chief executive is also optimistic that by June 2022, the Gompa Sports Stadium will be fully developed into a new facility with the turf and stadium lights where games can be played during the nights.
“We’re hopeful that by June of 2022 this work can be completed and the Gompa Sports Stadium can be a new place for football.” “Given the importance and the presence of the number of First and Second Divisions teams in Nimba, we feel that it’s an obligation on the part of the LFA under my administration to ensure that we provide these facilities in Nimba that’s going to enhance the performance of not just these teams, but the younger ones that will be looking up to the senior players. In the end, we’ll all win as Liberia as one country united together.
The LFA Chief concluded. During the ceremony in Ganta the LFA Nimba Sub-association was represented by its Vice-chairman Mr. Marvis Geepea, Secretary General Ambra Dahn and Grievance Committee chairman Benedict Morris.