Tony FC, LPRC Oilers Battle in LISCR Unification Cup Final

As the weeklong LISCR Unification Cup officially ends today, 5 June at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, second division Tony FC is due to battle against first division team LPRC Oilers in the grand finals.

The two teams make their way to the finals over the weekend after eliminating their respective semi-final opponents in post-match penalties. Tony FC played the highest games in this tournament, eliminating Freeport FC 3-1 in the penalties after a goalless full 90 minutes.

The Margibi - based club made an impressive performance from the start of the tournament and knocked out GAC FC, Indian - based All-star, and Jubilee FC before securing their slot in the semis.

Tony FC’s opponents, LPRC Oilers reached the finals after edging out second division club Mighty Barrolle, and third division side Junior Professional FC before their big win against host LISCR FC in the semi-finals.

Oilers saw off the host 5-4 in post-match penalties after a one-all draw during the full 90 minutes. LISCR reached the final after defeating rivals Barrack Young Controllers 4-2 in penalties after a 1-1 draw during the full time.

Meanwhile in the Under-15 category, Cece United Football Academy will go against Sam Johnson Academy in today’s final. The winner of the senior category will walk away with US $ 1,000 and a trophy.

Second place will pocket US $ 500 and the winner of the U-15 category will earn US $ 100. Certificates will be awarded to the tournament’s most valuable player, the highest goal scorer, the best coach, best defender and best midfielder at the end of the tournament.

By Sally Gaye

Court halts LFA Congress

The Civil Court in Monrovia places a writ of injunction on the congress of the Liberia Football Association held over the weekend, April 14, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, following lawsuit filed by one of the presidential candidates, George Solo, an executive of the Nimba United Football Club.

Delegates, election officials, observers, lovers of the game have gathered at the SKD to witness the electoral process and the entire congress when the sheriff of the court delivered the writ to the authorities of the LFA. With the issuance of the writ, all activities of the congress, including the holding of elections automatically ceases.

Speaking to this paper about his legal action, Solo explains that he had earlier filed a formal complaint to the congress committee against one of the Presidential candidates, Musatapha Raji, whom he (Solo) claims does not meet requirements set by the committee but the committee allegedly downplayed his enquires.
Solo, one time National Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change, continues that he later forwarded his complaint to Appeal Board of the LFA but it delays in handling the matter.

According to him, one of the requirements of the FA is a candidate vying for the FA presidency should be a bachelor degree holder, which Mr. Raji allegedly lacks.
He says because of reluctance of the FA’s authorities, he had no option but to seek legal attention through the justice system of Liberia.

Three candidates are seeking for the presidency of the Liberia Football Association, including Musa Shannon, George Solo and Musatapha Raji. The extraordinary congress of the Liberia Football Association or LFA was greeted with massive protest against one of its presidential contenders, Musatapha Raji. The protesters over the weekend, claim that Mr. Raji, who is President for a local football club LISCR, is a Nigerian national so he can't occupy the nation's football house as president.

-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Liberia’s Under-20 to face Cape Verde here

The under 20 national team of Liberia will face Cape Verde in Group A, while Senegal meets Mali in the 2018 opening of the WAFU competition on April 24, 2018 at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

Draw for the WAFU/FOX Under-20 competition took place on Monday, March 26, 2018 with eight countries grouped between A and B. Group A pairs Liberia against Cape Verde, and Sierra Leone against Guinea Bissau, while in Group B, Senegal faces Mali, and Gambia and Guinea will sort things out.

The WAFU sponsored tournament will be the first international competition to be stage in Liberia since the Eight Nations Tournament in 1988. Speaking at the draw in Monrovia, Liberia’s Musa Bility and WAFU Vice President, says the tournament is to showcase young players or talents in West Africa.

Mr. Bility explains that the Under-20 tournament will also be used to showcase the 14 jersey of legendary George Weah, now President of Liberia and Chief Patron of Sports, as a way of honoring him for his hard work in the national team, the Lone Star.

“President Weah has brought proud to Liberia through football and we as Liberians need to honor him for the world to see”, he adds.According to him, the Under-20 Lone Star kicked off training session two days ago with 54 players competing for justification at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia barely two weeks to the start of the competition.

Also speaking, Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson, praised WAFU for the decision to stage the competition in Liberia, noting that the youth competition is keen for Liberia’s grassroots football development.

The minister expresses optimism of Liberia winning this year’s competition to make the nation proud.Meanwhile, some Liberians are uncomfortable with the Under-20 national team going in this competition because they are poorly prepared.

By Sally Gaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne

County meet kicks off on March 31

The 2017/18 Liberia National County Meet is expected to commence on 31 March across the Country. According to the Ministry of Youth and Sports the County Meet will be played under the theme “Uniting Liberia After the Elections.”

The Ministry says the County Meet will be divided into four groups including Greenville, Buchanan, Robertsport and Gbarnga. It says Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh are placed in group one, and Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Montserrado and Margibi are placed in group two.

In group three are Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi while in group four are Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee Counties. In the preliminary games, Bong will face Lofa in kickball on day one in Gbarnga at 11:00am while at 2:00 pm, the two counties will face each other in football.

On that same day, Nimba will meet Grand Gedeh at 12:00pm in kickball and meet at 4pm for football. In Buchanan, Grand Bassa is due to meet Rivercess in football at 2pm, while Montserrado and Margibi will close the day with Kickball at 12pm and football at 4pm.

In Robertsport, Cape Mount will face Gbarpolu at 2pm in kickball and meet for football at 4pm, while in Greenville, Sinoe will meet Grand Kru at 11am for kickball and meet later at 2pm for football.

Maryland will meet River Gee at 12pm for kickball and 4pm for football. On 3 April in Gbarnga, Lofa faces Nimba in kickball and football, Grand Gedeh in kick ball and football.

By Sally Gaye

LFA elections set for April 14

The Elections Committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has given its guidelines and electoral calendar for the 14 April elections which are expected to be conducted during congress.

According to a release issued over the weekend, nomination, scrutiny of candidates and registration will run from 9 to 19 March, and final listing will be out on 21 March.

According to the guidelines, the election shall be conducted free of governmental and /or non-governmental interference as contained in the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Electoral Code.

The Commission warns any that candidate who will be found of violating the Electoral Code will be disqualified. Presidential candidates are required to pay USD$2,500.00; vice presidential candidates USD$1,500.00; and executive committee candidates, USD$1,000.00.

Presidential candidates are required to have at least five nominations from stakeholders, at least three nominations for vice presidential candidates and at least one nomination executive committee candidates.

Candidates are required to be at least 25 years old and a Liberian citizen, and that presidential and vice presidential candidates should earn at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

Executive Committee candidates are required to be at least High School graduates. Campaign will run from March 21 to April 13, and the Election Committee has warned that candidates and stakeholders found guilty of campaigning on profanities and falsehood without evidence will be disqualified and barred from contesting and voting.

According the Election Commission, two separate debates will be held, with the vice presidential candidates beginning on 5 April, followed by presidential debate on 6 April.

By Sally Gaye

Weah threads on familiar ground

President George Manneh Weah says his government will strengthen sports in the country, just over a week after the former Liberian international soccer legend took over the nation's highest office.

Delivering his first State of the Nation Address in Monrovia Monday, 29 January, the former World best player said during his time, sports will be strengthened for the better.

For some years now, sports in total has died down in Liberia, and for the past for four to five months the most populous of them, football, has been down the drain too.

Mr. his name as soccer king, he comes to prominence on the glory of the mark he made while playing around the world. But ahead of taking office, the football association national league has been down, joining the basketball federation league which is yet to resurrect since the beginning of 2016.

The Track and Field federation, Kickball Federation, Table Tennis Association, Maracana Sports, Beach Soccer, Volleyball and other sports has all been poor here.

By Sally Gaye

Assistant Sports Minister bids farewell

One of the longest serving officials in the government of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Assistant Minister of Sports Murvee Gray turned over the office following a farewell ceremony at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS).

Mr. Gray served as Assistant Minister for Sports since 2006. After severing for 12 unbroken years, he said in his farewell message recently that his decision to turn over the office is in line with President George Weah's mandate that the heads of Human Resource at various Ministries and agencies should take charge until further notice.

Gray, who was appointed to the position in 2006, turned over all Government properties in his possession on Tuesday, 23 January to the Director of Sports, Navarro Saykie.

He thanked his employees and work mates for their support during his tenure at the ministry. He also thanked the former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for providing him the opportunity to serve.

He says it is not easy to part-company with people that you worked with for so long. Former Assistant Minister Gray served five different ministers, including Cllr. Jamesetta Wolokollie, Edmonia Tarpeh, Tonorlah Varplah, Lenn Eugene Nagbe and Saah Charles N’Tow.

In December of 2017, he got a masters degree in education from the University of Liberia and was also awarded "Sports Administrator" of the year 2017 by the Writers’ Club. He also served as football referee in the 12th, Street Sinkor Sub - Committee league.

By Sally Gaye

Alphorn Armah U-15 Tournament Kick off soon

A four -day tournament organized in honor Liberia Football Association (LFA's) late Secretary General Mr. Alphorn Armah will kick off soon in Monrovia.

According to the organizer of the tournament, they are honoring the late Secretary General Alphorn Armah for his work at the LFA house, adding that the tournament will kick off on 29 December at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

According to Coach Emmanuel G. Kaykay, the tournament is expected to bring together eight under 15 Soccer teams from Monrovia, Gbarnga, Grand Cape Mount County and Herbal, Margibi County.

According to Coach Kaykay, the eight team are Paynesville Young Controller-Paynesville City; Bassa Community FC from Monrovia; Discoveries-Gardnerville from Monrovia; National Youth Sports Academy of Liberia, Monrovia; Zodiac Stars from Harbel, Margibi County ,CECE United from Monrovia, Cape Mount U-15 - Robert sports, Grand Cape Mount County and Kasumu Sillah Foundation Youth Academy-Gbarnga City, Bong County.

The honoring will be graced by serious high profile Scouts from European power guns that include Paris Saint German (PSG) Montpellier and Westham United, among others.

According to the sponsor, 24 promising young talents will be selected to participate in a European Clubs Tour 2018 that will spotlight their talent for a further greener pasture adventure.

Meanwhile, the all important Alphorn Armah Super Cup is expected to be televising by the Intel who is the prime sponsor of the tournament. Speaking to the founder of the Paynesville Young Star Football Club Mr. Able Thomas, he says it is an honor for his team to pay their respect to someone who gives his team to football in Liberia.

He says his team is set for tournament because for some time now in Liberia, the grass root football has been down and it is now time to work on it in other to help build a good team.According to him, honoring a great man like that shows how much he worked with love and his team is going for nothing then winning the tournament.

By Sally Gaye


LISCR FC Trust Tournament kicks off this weekend

LISCR FC Trust Tournament is expected to kick off this weekend at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) after four years. The tournament will bring together eight teams from the Liberia Football Association national league to compete for a $30,000 cash prize and trophy.

The third edition of the trust tournament is [hosted] by the champions of the Liberia Football Association first LISCR FC with four first division clubs, four second and third division clubs.

According to the organization's committee chairmen Mr. Harrington S. Weah, the tournament will kick off on 14 December and end on the 17 December at the ATS in Monrovia.

He says the tournament is to test strength of the teams before the league opens in 2018. According to the draw, top seeded Monrovia Club Breweries and NPA Anchor will kick off with the opening match on December 14 before Watanga FC and newly second division side Bristol FC of Margibi County clash in the day’s second encounter.

On Thursday December 15, the host team LISCR FC faces Pags FC in the first leg and Keitrace FC takes on Small Town FC. Mr. Weah says the winners from the first round of the tournament will advance to the semifinals slated for Saturday while the winner from game one will face the winner from game two.

The winners from game three and four will also face each other in the last semifinals. Meanwhile, the only female president in the first division Mama Kotpo of Keitrace FC has vowed to showcase young players in this predicament season games.

For this tournament all teams were given US$250.00 each for preparation fees ahead of the tournament's kickoff.

By Sally Gaye

LAF goes to the poll on Saturday

The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) Elections Commission will conduct elections on Saturday, 25 November to elect new officers for the federation.

The new leadership will run the federation from 2018 to 2022 for the next quadrennial in consonance with the Bylaws and Constitution of the LAF, and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), which calls for elections to be held after every four years The chairman of the three - man election commission Cllr. Sylvester Rennie, has released the Voters Roll (VR) along with elections guidelines for the elections of the federation at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) on Randall Street, Monrovia.

The listing of the VR include Mr. Mulbah Zaza (President); Madam Gbour Wilson (Vice President for Administration); Mr. Frederick Krah (Vice President for Technical Affairs); Mr. Korkula Roberts (Treasurer); Cllr. Sylvester Rennie (Chairman on Arbitrary) and Mr. John Pettiquoi (Chairman on Protocol).

Others are Mr. Frederick Massaquoi (Chairman of Coaches Association); Mr. Kesselee Kanneh (Chairman on Technical Committee); Mr. Emmanuel Argu (Chairman on Medical); Mr. Tarpeh Usayee (Chairman on Athletes Commission) and Mr. Leroy M. Sonpon (Chairman of Publicity and Public Affairs). The remaining are Liberty Athletics Club; Conquerors Athletics Club; Fast Track Athletics Club; Fast Spike Athletics Club and Zoyah Athletics Club.

The LAF 59th General Assembly will bring together members of the Executive Committee and two representatives each from the six registered clubs. The guidelines call for a non-refundable registration fee of US$300, US$250 and US$200 which are to be paid by applicants for the position of President, Vice President for Administration, Vice President for Technical Affairs, as well as Financial Secretary and Treasurer, respectively to the Commission.

According to LAF, "Only institutions and individuals who are qualified as per the listing of the Liberia Atlethic Federation (LAF) shall be eligible to contest.

The list of eligible candidates will be published by the LAF Elections Commission on Tuesday, 21 November at the LAF’s Offices on Randal Street, Monrovia, and in some local Newspapers."

By Sally Gaye

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