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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated South African President Jacob Zumah and the people of South Africa for successfully hosting the 2010 World Cup.

The President said the success of the just ended World Cup in South Africa represents a victory for Africa. “It has instilled a sense of pride in all Africans and must be celebrated,” the Liberian leader noted.

The President was speaking Friday, July 16, at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia when she presented a vuvuzela to the winner of a competition sponsored by Her Excellency.

Madam Lucy Macauley was picked as the winner in a draw of four finalists who correctly predicted Spain as the winner of this year’s World Cup in a radio competition. Ms. Macauley had earlier been presented a cash purse of US$1,000 from the President.

The Liberian Chief Executive hoped the excitement generated over the World Cup and the radio competition would be translated into concrete support to prepare the Liberia National Football team, the Lone Star, for the continental competition, the African Cup of Nations in 2012 and the World Cup in 2014.

The Liberian leader, who is also the country’s Chief Patron of Sports, assured sports authorities in the country of her government’s continued support to ensure that sports programs receive the necessary support.

Youth and Sports Minister Etmonia Tarpeh, who also witnessed the occasion, thanked the President for her interest in the promotion of sports in the country.  She assured the Liberian leader that her Ministry will play its part to ensure that the country’s sports programs, particularly football, are uplifted.

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