Arsenal Liberia Fan Club get’s official banner

English Premier League Club Arsenal’s fan club in Liberia has received the team’s official banner during a colorful event here on Saturday,15 April. The banner will be used in Liberia as a means of identifying with the European club. The banner, made in London, was brought into the country by an official of the legendary club’s many partners, Trevor Cockings of HIS CHURCH, which collaborates with Arsenal to provide logistics and other important sporting materials to fan club.

Mr. Cockings says the initiative is meant to make fans in Liberia fee a part of the club in spite of the long distance. “I’m happy to be in Liberia today at such a great occasion. We all are proud to be supporters of our great club and I see the enthusiasm in all of us here that we hold Arsenal dearly to our hearts,” he says.

Speaking to reporters over the weekend at the unveiling program held on Broad and Johnson Streets in Monrovia, Ian Yhap, president of the Arsenal Liberia Fan Club, said Saturday’s gathering was intended to officially present the London club’s banner to fans in Liberia.

Mr. Yhap says the occasion also signified that Liberian fans are now legitimate supporters of the London - based club. The banner, which was presented and unveiled by Rev. Trevor Cockings, was celebrated by fans.

“I wrote Arsenal about five to six years ago, asking the authority to establish Arsenal Fan Club in Liberia; and they first replied that they were not interested. But I kept pressing and after a couple of years, they finally agreed and sent me the rules and procedure for it,” he says.

By Lewis S. The-Editing by Winston W. Parley

Oilers re-claim LBA title

The Liberia Petroleum Refining Company or LPRC Sensational Oilers on Sunday, 16 April re-claimed the Liberia Basketball Association First Division trophy after a spectacular victory over defending Champions Mighty Barrolle on Monday at the Sports Commission on Broad Street.

The game brought together hundreds of basketball lovers at the open air Sports Commission, where Mighty Barrolle suffered 3 games to 2. The Oilers becomes the 2017 LBA Basketball Champion following the victory that came at the jam packed Sports Commission. LPRC Oilers battled Mighty Barrolle in the last game of the tough LBA best out five series to lift the trophy on Monday night.

The Sensational Oilers has won four games of five in the Liberian basketball association championship and has represent Liberia out of the country in international basketball tournament. The championship trophy was presented to LPRC Managing Director Mr. Sumo Kupee. Receiving the trophy, Mr. Kupee thanked the team for getting back the championship that had previously been taken away by Barroller in the basketball national league.

Mr. Kupee also the Oilers’ participation in FIBA Regional Qualifying tournament that is expected to commence soon. The match began with intense pressure being mounted from both sides, but the “Oil Boys” proved supremacy over the ‘Rollers’, salvaging the trophy with a 73-70 victory.

Meanwhile in the female division, Timberwolves won Desert Ladies 56 points against 52 and snatched away the trophy that had been held by K-Delta in the last five seasons

By Sally Gaye

  Liberian wins kickboxing championship


A Liberian international Victor Nagbe has won the World Middleweight Kickboxing Championship held in Australia. According to Sports Extra, a page owned by Liberian female sports writer, Matina Brooks, he is the first Australian-based Liberian kickboxer to have won such championship, fearlessly standing 17ft.

centimeters with an impressive 67 wins from 56fights. Nagbe was borned in Liberia, West Africa, but fled the civil war here at age five along with his mother and two sisters to Australia.

He was introduced to the first stage of the game Muay Thai at age 16.Muay Thai soon became a necessity in Victor's life like breathing. So when he finished high school, fighting became a full time job.

Recently, Victor returned to Melbourne, Australia to further pursue his passion after living in Thailand and fighting all over Asia.  “I really want to take this time to thank my nutritionist James bee for looking after me and making sure I cut my weight the right way. And also all supplements that makes sure I eat well”, he said. 

“All I can say, thank God for this victory. Thanks all my beautiful people, who supported my journey and everyone, who believe in me! A big thanks for my Power Play Team, for my trainer and mentor. Thanks for my beautiful family, my dad, sisters, brothers and for my wonderful wife, who's always there for me. Thanks for my young talented brother Mr. Shugga for the support and the great music.” According to him, Liberia a land of history making first in first... Quote from the New WKBF world champion.

By Winston W. Parley

Liberian delegation departs for World Cross Country Championships

A four-man delegation departed the country today March 24 to participate in the world cross country championship in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday March 26, 2017.

The delegation includes two (2) teenage Liberian athletes, Lucy Massaquoi, 18 and Andrew S. Kpehe 17, Coach Samuel Cooper and the PRO Leroy M. Sonpon. The Liberian athletes are expected to join over 800 athletes to run in the historic and prestigious Kololo Independence Grounds in the heart of Kampala on Sunday.
The Female marathon winner in 2011, Lucy Massaquoi, will participate in the 3-mile race, and the current 1,500 and 5,000 male champion Andrew, will run in the 5-mile competition.

The duo was picked after the 2017 National Open Club Championship held in the Fendell Community on the outskirt of Monrovia. According to Coach Samuel Cooper, their training include half marathon, 10km, 5km, long sprint, transitional run and other mixed training. The athletes are been managed by a team of five to ably represent the country as required by the IAAF. Meanwhile, Kampala will be the fourth African city in the history of the IAAF World Cross Championships to host the tournament after Guiyang of China passed the baton in 2015.

The winner of the 2017 Kampala IAAF World Cross Country Championships will walk away with US$30,000 (Ugx105 million). Over 50 countries have so far confirmed their participation in Kampala for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017.

Other African countries expected includes Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Comoros, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and hosts Uganda, outside Africa include Iraq, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, China, Australia, Brazil, Peru, France, Spain, Italy and Sri Lanka.

Golf Association holds one - day Oniyama Open

The Liberia Golf Association or LGA has announced that it will hold a day - long Oniyama Open at the sea view National Golf Course on Sunday, 26 February in Virginia, outside Monrovia.

The LGA officials were quoted in a release issued in Monrovia Thursday, 23 February as encouraging all professional and amateur golfers to converge on the Seaview National Golf Course on Sunday morning
beginning 8:00 A. m., as the tournament will kick-off by 9:30 prompt.

According to the release, the one day golf tournament is organized in honor of LGA President Dr. C. Nelson Oniyama for his copious and valuable contributions continuously made towards the promotion of the
game in Liberia.

Professional and amateur golfers expected to feature during the Oniyama Open include Emmanuel Moore, Ricks Keller, Akim Ooukola, Akoi Flomo and Victor Gailor, among others.
The release indicates that L$ 50,000.00, L$ 30,000.00 and L$ 20,000.00 cash will be awarded to emerging first, second and third place winners respectively in the professional category.

A giant size golden trophy and two undisclosed consolation prizes are also said to be awaiting would be first, second and third place winners respectively in the amateur category.
“Come one, come all let us honor our President, Dr. Nelson C. Oniyama, as we play the beautiful game of golf in an eco-friendly environment and celebrate with the winners at hole 19-where everybody is a winner,” the release said.

The Sea View Golf Course was formally established in June 2004 by the LGA under the Chairmanship of Dr. C Nelson Oniyama. Another golf course in Liberia is on the premises of the Firestone plantation in Harbel, Margibi County.

Montserrado wins first championship after 63 years

Following a complete lion fight between Montserrado and Maryland Counties on Sunday, 15 December, Montsorrado won its first championship against Maryland in Liberia’s National County Sports Meet.

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Liberian signs 2-year deal in U.S.

A Liberian footballer based in the United States Emmanuel N. Elkins has signed a two-year deal with Maryland Blues – an American 2nd division club.

Maryland blues (previously of LFK Maryland) is a professional football club that is registered under the US soccer Federation and plays in the American soccer league (ASL) and the Maryland Mayor Soccer league.
Prior to the summer, the club has since made the player as prime target and wasted no time but to offer the lad a two-year contract.
According to a dispatch from the U.S., Emmanuel was signed based on his skills, speed and good goal scoring ability, which the club believes will add extra impetus to their attacking prowess during the current season.

The president of Maryland blues describes Elkins as a very talented and skillful player, who can penetrate any defense at any time, and is a good friend to the goal poles, adding that he has the ability to make his attacking partners to score to keep the opponent’s defense very busy and cause the more twists during the 90th minute.“We are happy to get him, we believed he is an asset to our team and he will grow as a player.”

However, the Blues lost their first game of the season away 1-0, but the young Liberian did not feature in the match due to incomplete registration.  Meanwhile, the club has reportedly valued the player as US$100, 0000.00 (one million United States dollars) if any club comes in for his signature.

Elkins, 23, said: “I'm so restful and grateful to God almighty for my dream comes through in America to be a registered player in the soccer federation and player with a great value.” He played three (3) games with four (4) goals within two weeks.The young Liberian made his way to the USA last year and began playing with the Liberian community all-star team Debamu FC.

In July this year, he was invited on trial by Swedish club Orebo. He said signing for a two-year deal with the Maryland Blues is due to hard work, discipline, commitment and his footballing talent exemplified over the years with previous clubs.

Emmanuel hails Bong Mines, Bong County, Central Liberia. He began his playing career from high school with the Billie Christian institute and the St. Peter's Lutheran High School on 14th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia. He also played in the Liberian subcommittee league with 3rd division Powerful Vision of Jacob Town in Paynesville before leaving for the United States in 2015.


Liberia, Morocco Clash Today

Liberia’s National Football team- the Lone Star, will today lock horns with their Morocco counterparts in the City of Casablanca. According to the Liberia Football Association, the Lone Star will meet with a feeler National Team of Morocco in preparation for their African cup of nation game against Tunisia.

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Mighty Barrolle get L$100,000 fine

The Liberia Football Association or LFA has fined Mighty Barrolle Sport Association 100,000 Liberian dollars, an equivalent of US$1,042 for fans invasion during the final game between Barrolle and Monrovia Club Breweries.

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Referees told to uphold integrity

The vice president of the Liberia Football Association Musa Shannoh stressed the need for referees in the country to hold their integrity in high esteem, adding that integrity comes first on the job.

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