The Liberia Football Association or LFA has scheduled the official date for closing the national league on August 12, 2011 at the Monrovia City Hall. About 450 guests are expected to be in attendance. Though winner of various awards are not yet known, but it can be confirmed that player, Vatilis Sieh of the newly crowned LISCR FC is expected to walked away with a golden boot having 15 goals. A previous winner of the boot was Weaka Wisseh, currently of Egyptian division side, El Mareehk FC.
Nathanial Sherman of UMC Roots FC is listed among contenders for the best goal keeper of the season, while the best defender title remains open to Emmanuel Tarpeh of LISCR, Alpha James and Francis Garlo of Barrack Young Controller or BYC.
Seh Johnson of the newly promoted premiership outfit, Green Pasture FC is expected to receive the golden boot award in the first division after netting 13 goals, 3 ahead of Ghanefo Kromah of LISCR who was on loan from Zelor FC. Fassell Football Club is expected to be crowned champion in division two ahead of Barnesville FC.
Meanwhile, the division three national promotional playoff has got enough time to conclude all of it matches for qualification of teams both in divisions 2 and 3 for the coming season.
Al Ahly FC Crowned Champions
Al Ahly Football Club was crowned the 36 champions of the Egyptian football league having thrashed Al Mokawloon FC 5-1 last week in front a record crowd. Al Ahly was ranked one of the best team in the world.
The Cairo base contingent is the employer of Francis “Grandpa” Doe, who failed to gained regular status within starting 11 during the team hunt for the championship this season. However, it is not established whether the Liberian international will be offloaded or not before the start of next season.
Al Ahly landed the championship after producing 17 wins, 12 draws and 1 defeat, scoring of 45 goals and conceding 25. Another Liberian, Yao Abblode of Kafr El Zayat FC remains on course with 25 points despite defeat to Samanod FC 2-1 during an away fixture but they are left with 5 at the close of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Weaka Wisseh of El Mareehk FC was forced to a 1-1 draw with Suez Cement FC last Saturday. The result has shifted the Liberian employer to 28 points from 25 matches thus lifting them from relegation zone. Also William Jebro of Tersana FC produced a 1-0 home win over Tanta FC last Saturday. Tersana FC remained fifth on the Group-2 table with 42 points from 23 league matches.
Nigerian Supports Bomi County
A former Nigerian Handball player, Iwu Bonaventure of the Nigerian Battalion (NIATT 24) contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has expressed support for handball in Bomi County.
Bonaventure, who once played handball for over 20 years at home (Nigeria) and the world over said there were enormous talents for such sport in Liberia particularly in Bomi. He claimed to have had a dream seeing Bomi developing into one of the great handball teams in Liberia.
The team, under his care recently thrashed Grand Bassa County in the continuation of the decentralization of the National Handball Association or NHA phase one programme and the certification of coaches during a closing ceremony held at the Sports Commission in Monrovia on Friday.
The program was accompanied by the Anti-Doping campaign initiated by UNESCO and the Liberian Player Union or LPU. Friday ceremony was attended by Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties’ Handball teams (male and female).
Bomi ’s female and male handball teams were beaten by Montserrado 11-21 goals, while Bomi County sealed her only win with 13-4 against Grand Bassa. Montserrado County also downsized Grand Bassa with 8-11 goals spree in the female session, while in the male division Montserrado County whipped Bomi County with a 21-8 goals scoring track.
Meanwhile, Grand Bassa head coach want the leadership of the County to list Handball as one of the county’s sports.