Liberia in Milo U-13 Football Tourney in Ghana
Written by By Leroy M. Sonpon,III
Forty schools in Montserrado County have begun battling in
the 1st edition of the annual youth football tournament,
dubbed ‘Milo U-13 Football Tournament 2012,” sponsored by
Milo, a brand of Nestle. The first winner will bag US$1,000;
the runner-up will receive US$700 and the third placer will
According to the organizers, the preliminary stage is
grouped into four zones with Slipway, VOA 1, D-Tweh and
Stephen Tolbert fields being used, while the quarter-final
stage will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS)
in Central Monrovia.
The preliminary stage, which began yesterday, will end on
Friday, April 2, at the ATS.
Organizers also say that the winner of the 11-day Milo U-13
Football Tournament will represent Liberia in this year’s
Milo Africa U-13 Football Tournament in Ghana, also taking
place this month.
In the 2012 African U-13 championship, which will be hosted
by Ghana, 8 teams will be representing Nestle –Milo brands
in the participating countries.
“Liberia’s inclusion this year is an indication [that]
Liberia [is] joining the bigger youth soccer development
program of Nestle in Africa, as well huge winning prizes for
the winning teams.
“Nestle is sponsoring the team that emerges champion in the
competition [to] be the beneficiary of the tournament as the
players will be camped for a time so that they will
understand themselves before the Ghana 2012 African U-13
championship. We want to give a platform to Liberian
students to see that their ambitions are realized,” he said.
In all, teams will come from South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra
Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Mauritius, Ivory Coast and Niger,”
Mr. Aboubacar Camara, Business Development Manager, Nestle
Mr. Camara told reporters that the company has decided to
extend the frontiers of sponsorship of sporting activities
to football in order to develop the game. He reiterated the
company’s commitment to the development of young people
through sports and academic pursuits.
He stated that the product ‘Milo’ is no stranger to sports
with the primary reason being its benefit as a energy
supplement to the body. Nestle’s focus has always been to
encourage and support initiatives at the grassroots level,
and they view the tournament as one such program that will
assist in pointing young players towards a more rewarding
future in the game.
During the official kick-off of the Milo U-13 Football
Tournament 2012 yesterday in Monrovia, the Director of
Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Navaro Saykie,
said that the gesture was to ensure that Liberian children
get to enjoy what children in other countries enjoy. This
will offer students the opportunity to give back to the
society this time through sports, he explained, but added
that Nestle has been supporting outstanding academic
achievements and other areas deemed beneficial to the
development of society as a whole.
However, when contacted, the President of the Liberia
Football Association (LFA) Musa Bility, stated that he is
not aware of the ongoing tournament and the local football
governing house will take “serious exception” to the
representation of Liberia in any international football
tournament without the technical guidance of the LFA.
He also told our reporter that when he (LFA boss) contacted
the Minister of Youth and Sports, S. Tornorlah Varpilah, on
the tourney, he too, indicated that he is not aware.
The tournament is organized by Milo, in collaboration with
the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Inter-School Sports