Tributes Pull in Following the Death of Former National Team Coach Dominic Vava George

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AHMED JALLANZO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (9807307a) Liberian President, George Weah (L) decorates and inducts former Liberian coach, Vava George (C) into the Order of Distinction and Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Liberia, 24 August 2018. Honours awards in Liberia, Monrovia - 24 Aug 2018

“He was a good man, a result oriented coach and principle-minded, He coached Gardnesville FC and he proved his worth.”– Mustapha Raji, President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA)

“We will miss him for his passion and professionalism for the game.”– Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeoger Wilson,

Following a protracted period of illness, the former Liberia national team coach finally met his demise on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.

Coach Dominic Vava George’s health condition of late attracted the attention of the LFA and President George Weah who subsequently shouldered the financial responsibility of his treatment at the SOS Clinic in Congo Town for months.

According to reports, his family opted for foreign treatment to ensure he gets well as fast as possible and said negotiation, according to insider was in the making before his demise.

The late Liberian coach who was honored by President George Weah during commemoration of Liberia’s 171st Flag Day celebration, was loved by many players and followers of the game due to his passion, commitment and disciplinary approach towards the game. Vava became a house hold name in Liberia when he was part of the coaching staff of the famous George Weah eleven squad who narrowly missed out on qualification to the World Cup but participated in the 2002 Nation’s Cup in Mali.

Former Secretary General of the Sports Writers Association (SWAL), Isaac Solo Kelgbeh said coach George will be missed by the soccer fraternity in Liberia but was quick to encouraged Liberians especially players as well as stakeholders of the game not to allow the dreams and contributes of the late coach to die down.

He urged players of the game including stakeholders to continue to do their best in whatever way possible to promote and improve sports in Liberia.

The former Liberian football technician served as coach of the Senior National Soccer team of Liberia that qualified and participated in the 2002 African Cup of Nations when  George Weah served as Captain and Technical Director of the team. He coached several Clubs including: Mighty Barrolle, Monrovia Club Brewerville, Garnesville Fc, Gedi & Sons among others.

The late coach George also played for the Far East End Lions, Grand Cape Mount County team that won the 1969 National County Meet, Great Bame, Invincible Eleven (I.E) and the national team of Liberia.

The late Dominic Vava George was born in Cestos, Rivercess County on April 19, 1947. At a tender age he was taken to Sierra Leone where he attended the St. Anthony Primary School and the St. Edward Secondary School.