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Liberian referee George Roger gets first int’l job

Liberian referee George S. Roger has received his first international assignment as center referee in the Championship of African Nations (CHAN), after joining the international referee list in 2016 as FIFA badge center referee.


CAF has appointed referee Roger to take charge of Guinea’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Zone West A preliminary round second leg qualifier against Guinea Bissau on 22 July in Conakry.

In April 2016, he went for a youth talent referee course in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé with 33 center and assistant referees from Africa and returned home with good result that keeps Liberian referees on the map after Isaac Montgomery in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Roger makes his first international appearance as reserved referee to Jerry Yekeh in the CAF competition in Ghana this year.

Roger is one of the outstanding referees, who has been performing in the local league and handled an international friendly with Sierra Leone. The 30 - year - old is the head of delegation, followed by Johnson Gbartea as assistant one, while Sekou Kannah serves as assistant two. Isaac Montgomery is fourth official in Conakry, Guinea.

Roger started his professional career as referee in 2010 and with a first match officiated on Tusa Field between Young Black Star and Crystal Palace. As part of his referee abilities, he officiated a beef-up match that saw LISCR FC forced Union Duala to a 2-2 draw in Monrovia.

By Sally Gaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne

Liberian referee George Roger gets first int’l assignment

Liberian referee George S. Roger has gotten his first international assignment as center referee in the Championship of African Nations (CHAN), after joining the international referee list in 2016 as FIFA badge center referee.


CAF has appointed referee Roger to take charge of Guinea’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Zone West A preliminary round second leg qualifier against Guinea Bissau on 22 July in Conakry.

In April 2016, he went for a youth talent referee course in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé with 33 center and assistant referees from Africa and returned home with good result that keeps Liberian referee on the map after Isaac Montgomery in 2014 and 2015.Roger makes his first international appearance as reserved to Jerry Yekeh in the CAF competition in Ghana this year.

Roger is one of the outstanding referees who has been performing in the local league and header an international friendly with Sierra Leone. The 30 - year - old is the head of delegation, followed by Johnson Gbartea as assistant one, while Sekou Kannah serves as assistant two. Isaac Montgomery is fourth official in Conakry, Guinea.

Roger started his professional career as referee in 2010 and with a first match officiated on Tusa Field between Young Black Star and Crystal Palace. As part of his referee abilities, Roger officiated a beef-up match that saw LISCR FC forced Union Duala to a 2-2 draw in Monrovia.

By Sally Gaye

Aries & Ask Sisters thru to LKF Grand Final

The national championship of the Liberia Kickball Federation has reached its grand final with Girls of Aries and Ask Sisters qualifying for the final in Monrovia. the grand final will be this Sunday, 9 July at the Right to Play Field in Paynesville where Aries will meet Ask Sisters to decide the champion of the season.


Ask Sisters defeated Supreme Girls 5-2 on Sunday, 2 July to get themselves into the final. Girls of Aries are well on course to retaining the Liberia Kickball Federation National Championship since they last lost it to Amazon two seasons ago.

Aries are making a return to the LKF this season, having defeated God's Anointed 6-1 to move a match away from lifting the title. Assata Kamara of Aries made 3-home-runs in the first, second, and third innings to inspire them win a match fans thought could have been difficult.

Suffering from Saturday's shocking defeat to Ask Sisters, God's Anointed allowed Aries to depict the game in the third innings scoring four home-runs. It was the result that put God's Anointed out of the title race.

Poor showing and numerous errors from players of Supreme Girls gave Ask Sisters the chance to win Supreme Girls who many thought could have won the title this season.
Patricia Sieh's miss of a catch in the first innings saw Ask Sisters bringing home three home-runs.

Ceeta Sarvic, Susan Harris and Hawa Armah all failed to make home-runs in their first innings for Supreme Girls which gave a motivation to Ask Sisters in their third innings.
Ask Sisters scored additional two home-runs in the third innings when Ceeta Sarvice missed catch an easy ball. Ask Sisters defended well and ensured that they were in the final, where they will face Aries.

BYC sacks Coach Sanna

Liberia Football Association or LFA League champion Barrack Young Controllers has sacked its head coach Copper Sannah after Nimba United defeat. Coach Sannah’s sacking came minutes after he lost his second game in row in the national league on Saturday, 20 May at the Blue Field.


BYC has won seven games this season, lost four in the national league with three of its league defeats at home following Sannah’s second season at the club. The club was seen to be undefeatable at home the entire last season. The defending Liberian Champions on Saturday went down to Nimba United 1-2 at home three days after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Fassell FC.

According to BYC President SekouKonneh, the club has parted ways with Sannah. Mr. Konneh wrote on social media to announce that “BYC has parted company with Coach Sannah”.

“We thanked him for the time, and wished him all the best in his future endeavors. Director Kojo will run the affairs until a new person is appointed”, he says. "We are sorry to lose Sannah after such a short period of time," says BYC President Konneh, adding that "Unfortunately, things haven't worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the LFA League season remaining”.

Sannah’s sudden departure comes few hours after BYC was thumped 2-1 at home by Nimba United, the club's ninth defeat this season in both international and domestic competitions.

Sannah won the LFA championship with the “Go Blue Boys” in his first season last year, going undefeated at home and lost only two games throughout the season. BYC is now fourth on the league table with seven games to the end of the season. The football club’s management deems such position as unacceptable, given the reported massive investment and top quality of players it has. BYC’s next match is against league leaders Fassell FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on 11 June which is Kojo’ s first game as interim coach.

 

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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