When some officials of the Liberian Football Association or LFA attended Africa’s first World Cup fiesta in South Africa between June and July this year, what they saw was amazing- Chinese journalists dressed in the Liberian national colors with Liberian Journalists passes. They happily posed for a photograph as the Liberian officials stood in amazement.
How SWAL Officials Sold Liberia To China At FIFA 2010
But the New Dawn Sports has gathered that Numinnie R. Williams, President of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), acting upon the instructions of his two advisers sold the association’s official coverage rights to the People’s Republic of China during the FIFA World Cup.
How did it happen?
Investigations conducted by this paper have unearthed that a month to the South Africa FIFA 2010 World Cup, the World Football Governing body extended Liberia through SWAL an invitation to officially provide the Liberian people with up to dates of all the happenings at Africa’s first hosted World Cup.
According to our investigations, Williams and his advisers sold Liberia’s slot to China and communicated to FIFA that Liberia does not have the financial capacity to attend the World Cup, however some Chinese will be in attendance to represent SWAL.
LFA’s officials attending the just ended soccer fiesta in South Africa, on several occasions, came across Chinese journalists whose press passes were bearing the country name Liberia, and also the Liberian flag.
When contacted, the Secretariat of FIFA acknowledged the presence of Chinese media personnel at the June to July World football jamboree with Liberia passes displayed on them, but promised to communicate details to the paper. The Chinese football house has promised to send this paper the details of the deal its Sports writing body struck with SWAL.
All efforts to contact SWAL’s President did not materialize as his phone rang endlessly without any response. The Secretary General could not be reached because he is currently in Germany.
SWAL officials recently received US$4,000 from the Liberia Football Association (LFA) under the impression that they needed to send the Secretary General Webster Cassell, to Germany on an official matter. Information gathered by this paper reveals that Webster Cassell is in Germany on a private trip.