The Technical Director of the Liberia Football Association, Henry Brown, has emphasized the urgent need for more support to women football in Liberia.
Mr. Brown named the Ministries of Education, Gender and Health as government institutions that must intervene to enable young women participate in the game. “If they can come in and teach our girls that Gender equity in football is very good, as well as tell them the role of football in their health, it would help the girls to have time for the game,” he said in an interview with this paper.
According to him, FIFA research shows fewer than one in four member federations has staff dedicated to working for women football. One in five federations did not have a women’s senior national team and half did not run youth national teams, he quoted FIFA as saying last Wednesday.
Mr. Brown said FIFA has taken up time from county to county to provide awareness on the importance of women because no mother would want to see her child playing football while she’s needed home for work.
According to the LFA Technical Director, if young women must play football in school, the need to provide scholarships for them cannot be over0emphasized, saying less attention has been given to the game for women.
He appealed to the media to help in promoting women football. Brown told this paper at his Liberia Football Association officer that Liberia was hoping to have FIFA in the county by next year for awareness on the importance of women football as it has been dong around the world.