The joint organizing committee of the 2019/ 2020 National County Sports Meet has announced Grand Kru County in keeping with the rules of the tournament as the champions of the month long sporting festivity in the football category.
The decision by the organizing committee came following professional review and consultations by stakeholders’ relative to the abrupt disruption of the game which was led by two technical staff of the Nimba County Team.
According to the match referring report Hassan Konneh and in keeping with the rules of the game governing the tournament Nimba head coach Muctar Fofana and team manager Musa Kromah knowingly incited their players to walk out of the field thereby disrupting the national event, the decision the Ministries described as sad and a sound of unsportsmanship.
Addressing a joint News conference Tuesday Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson disclosed that due to the magnitude of the two Nimba’s officials action and in line with the rules and regulations of the tournament article 19.1 and 16.1 respectively both Muctar Fofana and Musa Kromah have been ban from participating in all sporting activities in Liberia for two years while Nimba County has been fine 1,500.00usd for disrupting the entire tournament a violation of the tournament’s rules.
The organizers decision according to Minister Wilson will serve as a deterrent to others because he noted the intend of the tournament is to promote unity including show casing the talents of young Liberians across the Country.
He clarified that there was no personal treatment giving to any County during the tournament as been speculated across the sporting world.
However, the both Ministries of Youth and Sports and that of Internal Affairs regret the manner in which the tournament which started on a good note on January 4, 2020 in Buchana City, Grand Bassa County ended bad as such they apologize to the entire sporting body of Liberia, participating teams and Liberians in and out of the Country in general.
Minister Wilson and Minister Sirleaf both assured the public in general that they have learned from the current situation and will put in place measures to avert the recurrence of the situation.
Meanwhile all awards of the tournament will be presented on Thursday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia by 4:00Pm thereafter Grand Kru County will battle a selected breed of players of the 1996/2002 National Team of Liberia.