Ahead of the senior national football team of Liberia Nations Cup qualifiers home match in September against the Democratic Republic of Congo the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has frown at the way the Nation’s Pride and joy the “Lone Star” is been managed by the LFA.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports on June 22, 2018 announced on its official Facebook page that they have with immediate effect withdrawn the management of the National Football Teams from the Liberia Football Association pending the Conclusion of the FA election.
On April 14, 2018 the LFA elected two vice presidents ( vice president for Administration and vice president for operations) and ten executive Committee Members but could not elect a president due to an injunction by the civil law Court on the election which was filed by Candidate George Solo who claimed he was not given due process in his complained that presidential contender Mustapha Raji presented fake document to the election committee.
However after several arguments by LFA lawyers including the complainant lawyers, the court ruled that it had no jurisdiction over Football matters but urged the LFA to give Solo due process.
The situation in Liberia also drew the attention of the Federation of International Football Association to send investigators to Liberia for two weeks to settle the leadership crisis, following their investigation the body recommended that LFA send their Statue to FIFA for review and also recognize the elected officials.
According to the Sports Ministry their decision which was reached Wednesday, June 20, 2018 following a meeting with LFA’s Vice President for Administration, Sekou Konneh cited series of factors including the slow-pace at which the LFA is conducting the affairs of the national teams resulting to the ministry cancelling the participation of the Under 17 (U-17) National Team from African Under -17 nations cup qualifiers.
It also pointed out the recent delay in the inadequate organization of the WAFU Tournament and the under -23 Team as another factor informing the Ministry’s decision.
The Ministry also indicated they have taken over the management of the Country second international stadium the Antoinette Tubman stadium (ATS) from the Liberia Football Association (LFA) pending the conclusion of the LFA elections.
At the same time, the Ministry’s action comes in the wake of the poor management of the Antoinette Tubman stadium and the failure of the football house to submit detailed plans ahead of the national team engagements in international competitions in September, as per the Ministry’s request.
Youth and Sports Minister, D. Zeogar Wilson in a letter to the LFA president Musa Bility also identified the filthiness of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium which contravenes international regulations regarding the management of sports facilities amongst others things pertaining to the national teams that led to the MYS decision.
Meanwhile, Minister Wilson assures the football administration and the public that the ongoing collaboration currently being worked out between the Ministry and the Liberia football Association will continue for the good of football in Liberia.
Speaking to our reporter via mobile phone outgoing LFA president Musa Bility said the Sports ministry letter was addressed to disagree him especially with the Youth and Sports Ministry statement that the ATS is filthy.
According to Mr. Bility the LFA has always clean the stadium and is surprised by such statement by the Government.
He promised to address the media in the soonest possible time on the decision taken by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Reported by:Christopher C.Walker