Kickball and football Referee Emmanuel Cephus CKA Kolubylee will be laid to rest on Saturday May 24, 2014 in his home town in Grand Bassa County. He died from a protracted illness.
Cephus aged 27, was a member of the Liberia Referees Association (LIFRA). Medical report say the young referee died as a result of chronic cold, but other inside sources had it that he actually suffered from an African-science.
The late Cephus thought was a member of LIFRA,, but also worked with the LFA as an assistant Stadium manager. He also managed the LFA ball boys up to the time of his death. Mr. Isaac TZ Montgomery Secretary General of LIFRA said the Association has lost a very good Referee in the local league.
Mr. Montgomery said Cephus was a brave referee, which earned him the nick name “Kolubylee” after the controversial Malian referee. Montgomery said Cephus was discipline and willing at all times to take instructions. He said it was our hope that one day he would have become a FIFA Referee.
He said the association is doing all it can to give him a good day in Bassa, while using the occasion to call on all young referees to see Kolubylee as a good role model in LIFRA. “Emmanuel Cephus had been sick since October 2013 and we were told that the sickness was an African-science so we took him to a church in Duport Road and after some time he returned to work.
“He officiated in the National County Sports Meet, But when we noticed that he was not performing up to the task we asked him to rest and from there the illness became serious”. ‘Emmanuel told us that he was going to Bassa for treatment and he has been there since, but on Thursday we received information from his brother that he has died”, Kamara narrated.