FASSELL Restored to Status Quo
Liberia “Team of the Moment”, FC Fassell has been restored
to status quo. The Club, who in March 2012 was slapped with
a one/1 year suspension by the Executive Committee -
automatically demoting her to the 3rd Division - has been
reinstated into the Cellcom National League with immediate
effect. Early this week, a sounding victory in Liberian
football was recorded to the amaze of many football lovers
around the Country. After weeks of ups and downs, the voices
of the true lovers of football were finally heard with the
redemption of the Soccer Missionaries to status quo.
As you can recall, the Executive Committee of the Blue House
after a meeting on March 31, 2012 suspended FC Fassell for
allegations of debt relating to a fine levied against her
for the brutalizing of match officials by her players last
year as well as other issues. FC Fassell Management in
response took the FA to court prompting halt to some
national league events. Thru the interventions of some major
stakeholders, senior government officials and private
individuals, series of meetings were held behind closed
doors to bring up a settlement between the both parties.
In a communication addressed to the FA on May 16, 2012 thru
its acting Secretary-General, Mr. Yanqueh S. Borsay, the
Appeal Committee of the Liberia Football Association
mandated the FA to reinstate FC Fassell due to the fact that
the evidences provided by the Executive Committee were
inadequate to sustain and affirm the decision of suspending
the Club, as was taken by the Executive Committee on March
The Appeal Committee, headed by Cllr. Karmo Soko Sackor, Co-chair by Atty.
Joseph Kollie, with Cllr. Idella Cooper Shannon, Mr. Willard
Russell, Mr. Willie Knuckles, Mr. Commany Wesseh and Cllr.
Wheatonia D. Barnes serving as members, further quoted that
"To uphold the integrity of the Liberia Football
Association, and to ensure cordiality in the Association as
well as to conform to the intent, spirit and letters of the
Governing Statues, Rules and regulations of the LFA, the
Appeal Board is of the firm view that the complainant FC
Fassell, under the circumstances of this case, be
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Club, Mr.
Pawala Janyan, the Secretariat of the Liberia Football
Association in response to the Appeal Committee's mandate,
thru a communication dated May 21, 2012 and signed by Mr.
Yanqueh S. Borsay, informed FC Fassell of the Club's
reinstatement into the ongoing Cellcom national league. The
Fassell Spokesman further stated that the acting Secretary
General stated in the letter as follows: "…I present
you compliments on behalf of the President, Vice Presidents
and Executive Committee of the Liberia Footbal Association
(LFA), and herein forward to you, a self-explanatory
communication from the Appeal Board requesting that Fassell
F.C be reinstated into the ongoing Cellcom National League.
Sir, with reference to the supra mentioned FASSELL FOOTBALL
CLUB is hereby reinstated and given all privileges as a
member club of the LFA with immediate effect. You are
however requested to contact the Competition Department for
the fixture of your remaining matches."
In additional, the Secretariat of the FA also informed all
presidents of the first division via a memorandum on May 21,
2012 that the suspension placed on FC Fassell from all
football activities has been lifted by the Appeal Committee
and that all points deducted from matches played with FC
Fassell are hereby restored and suspended matches with FC
Fassell are also hereby rescheduled.
In a special message to the public, Mr. Janyan on behalf of
FC Fassell extended thanks and appreciations to his
colleagues (sports writers) for their stories and supports
during the suspension saga. “Thanks to all of our fans and
even fans of other clubs who stood by us during those stormy
weathers. To the stakeholders of football, government
officials and private individuals who were there for us, we
are grateful to you guys also. We owe it to you all and to
our players and officials, thanks for keeping the courage.
All of your supports will not go unrewarded. God bless
Football in Liberia, God bless sports in general and God
bless Mama Liberia”, the Fassell PRO further stated.
FC Fassell will play her first match on this Friday, May 25,
2012 against Zelor FC at the TUSA Sports Pitch in
Gardnersville at 4pm local time.