Govít Earmarks US$2.4m for Lonestar -Pledges US$300,000 for
Ongoing World Cup, CAN Campaigns
Written by Leroy M. Sonpon, III
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Reports emanating from the Budget Section of the Ministry of
Finance states, that the Ellen Johnson-Sirleafís Government,
will for first time, allocate million dollars, for the
development of football in the country, in the pending
2012/2013 Fiscal Budget.
The Report insinuated that about US$2.4 million has been set
aside, for the advancement and promotion of both the male
and female categories of the most popular game
(soccer/football), at all levels or ages.
The source of the reports failed to give detail as to
whether the US$2.4 will be directly given to the Liberia
Football Association (LFA) or football facilities be
The reports stated that the Government of Liberia, intend to
use football to lift Liberians, who about 200,000 are
actively involved, and as well as to serve as encourage to
the younger boys and girls to make football their careers.
When our reporter asked the Co-Chairman on the House
Committee on Sports, Representative Solomon George, he noted
that he cannot comment of the Government support to football
or any sports, because he has not seen the budget, owing to
the fact that Executive Branch is yet to submit the budget
to the National Legislature.
When asked Lewis Konoe, a senior officer of the Media
Service of Finance Ministry, he confirmed Governmentís
support to the development of sports, including football,
but failed to commend on the exact amount.
When contacted the President of the LFA, Musa Bility, as to
whether he is aware of Governmentís US$2.4million support to
football, he neither confirm nor deny, but promise to get to
Daily Observer Sports next week.
For his part, the Chairman of Premier Board of the LFA, Andy
Quarmie, said the US$2.4million to support football is a
welcoming idea, but stated that in order for government to
address the issue of construction of sports facilities in
the country, there is a need for the general support to
sports, be at least US$10 million.
Meanwhile, the LFA boss Musas Bility, told the Daily
Observer Sports that the Government of Liberia has pledged
US$300,000 out of the US$600,000 budget, to support the
Senior national football teamís pursuit in the 2014 World
Cup and the 2013 African Cup of Nations, qualifiers.
Mr. Bility also disclosed that the remaining US$300,000 will
be provided by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)
and its sponsor, Cellcom GSM.
Most football enthusiasts believed that the financial
assistance of NOCAL to the Lonestar, is owing to the active
involvement of sports by the chairman of NOCAL, Robert
Mr. Sirleaf is the sponsor of premier outfit Barrack Young
Controller and the founder of Barrack Young Controller II.
The Lonestar under the watchful eyes of newly appointed
coach, J. Kaytu Smith, will lock horns with the Lions of
Teranga in the Senegalese capital Dakar, on June 2, which is
a debut derby on the road to 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In the same June, the red-blue-and-white boys will go a long
way to determine who qualifies from a group that against
fast-improving Angola, and will play Namibia in her
return-leg in the 2013 African Cup of Nations campaign. A
win away will place Liberia in a zone if the 2013 African
Cup of Nations qualifier.