Joint Resolution to Host ‘2019 African Cup of Nations’
Support Liberia-2030 Vision and place Liberia on pedestal of
progress and prosperity
Lofa County Representative Eugene Allah Kpakar.
By Leroy M. Sonpon
A Joint Resolution for Liberia to bid for the hosting of the
2019 African Cup of Nations has been overwhelming voted for
by the Plenary of the House of Representatives and sent to
the House Committees’ on Ways, Means and Finance and
The House’s Committees have been mandated to seek expert
opinion about how can Liberia successfully host the
continental football tournament, and report to Plenary
within a month.
Liberia’s intent to bid for the 2019 African Cup of Nations’
through a Joint Resolution is the second time it has been
introduced to the National Legislature, by Lofa County
Representative Eugene Allah Kpakar.
During the 52nd Legislature, the bill was introduced for the
country to bid for the competition but later suffered a
According to the Joint Resolution, Liberia, as a country
need to promote national healing and genuine reconciliation
through soccer which is the most acclaimed sport in Liberia
to buttress government’s effort in strengthening peaceful
co-existence with its citizens and to extend bonds of
friendship and solidarity with the peoples of Africa.
It (Joint Resolution) said cognizant of Liberia’s role as a
fledging democratic country which has played within Africa
and considering that Liberia merits the opportunity to host
a continental fiesta as the African Cup of Nations to
replicate a post conflict nation Angola and many other
countries such as Burkina Faso, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea,
etc, to clearly showcase Liberian talents and hospitality as
one of Africa’s success stories.
The Joint Resolution orders the Chief Patron of Sports, the
President of the Republic to proceed in setting up a task
force comprising relevant stakeholders, such as the Ministry
of Youth and Sports, the Liberia Football Association and
other personalities and institutions that have expressed
willingness in the development and promotion of the game in
“Taking into account the economic benefits and revenue
accruals that such venture brings to the national treasury,
and realizing that this tournament will put money in the
pockets of local Liberian entrepreneurs; convinced that the
hosting of said continental tournament in Liberia will
buttress government’s Lift Liberia-Vision 2030, where
Liberia will be placed on the pedestal of progress and
prosperity,” the Joint Resolution said.