The Liberia Football Association has confirmed the death scene of Patrick Doeplah, the Israeli based Liberian striker who met his untimely death on Tuesday morning.
The LFA in a statement issued Wednesday, March 23, 2011, said the player died at the home of his girlfriend on the old road, a suburb of Monrovia and not in a hotel room as was earlier stated.
Medical report quoting Dr. Brisbane said Patrick died Tuesday morning March 22, 2011 upon arrival at the JFK medical center in Monrovia, where he was taken by friends.
According to the FA: “He had spent the night of March 21 at the home of his fiancée on the Old road a few hours upon arrival into the country from Israel to form part of the national U-23 delegation to Ghana to engage Ivory Coast on Sunday”.
The Football House says the Government has launched an investigation into the circumstances leading to player Doeplah’s death. The LFA says it is also sponsoring full autopsy on the mortal remains of the player to ascertain the foundation of his demise.
According to a statement signed by LFA spokesman Henry Flomo, the LFA wishes the family of the player to take solace in God Almighty during the period of bereavement. The Football House says the loss of Patrick is colossal to the nation’s plan of improving the potential of youthful players like Doeplah.
Meanwhile, the LFA will open a book of condolence by 12:noon Thursday March 24, 2011 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia; it will be preceded by a major news conference.
All football lovers, officials, the media and members of the LFA are expected to turnout. The Liberian leader and Chief Patron of sports Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf have presented the LFA US$20,000 as support to the national football teams of Liberia.
The President also wishes the national team victory in their endeavour away to Ivory Coast and Cape Verde. Disclosing this on Wednesday, LFA president Musa Bility said the Football House is grateful to the president for the gesture. He said the amount will help boost the morale of the players.