By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
Former Lone Star and Mighty Barrolle defender, Washington Blay has joined the many calls seeking for the resignation of Liberia Football Association President, Musa Hassan Bility.
The man who is widely acclaimed as Liberia's all-time best defender wants Bility to resign because of his involvement with politics which Fifa’s status prohibits.
Mr. Blay; “As long as Fifa says Government should not have interference in football, national associations and federations, it is the same for a President of an Association or Federation not to join political parties.”
The former Lone Star’s Administrative Director says with Bility as a Local FA President joining an opposition political party (Liberty Party) and holding a key position, is a clear sign or indicator of battling against the ruling establishment (Unity Party).
With the maxim that; “when two elephants fight only the ground will suffer”, Mr. Blay believes in such saying because it is the senior national team “Lone Star” that now suffers the aftershock of all because of politics.
Blay who was wrongfully dismissed allegedly by the Local FA President also maintained that Musa Bility, a politician right now in Liberia with the Liberty Party has driven “Lone Star” into politics.
According to him, with the alleged refusal by the Government of Liberia to provide money for players of the National team ahead of Mauritania’s encounter, it speaks volume and shows that Bility has driven Lone Star into politics.
“Let see it this way, do you think that the ruling establishment will want to adequately support a “Lone Star” that is managed by an individual who is on the other side of the political fence, I mean the Liberty Party (LP),” he questions?
He sees such an action has a conflict of interest and double-standard which slams the hope and aspiration of Lone Star into oblivion.
Lone Star’s last-minute preparation leading to the first leg, was reportedly out-gunned by political rivalry between LFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports; the Government regulatory arm of sports.
With the Political wrangling Lone Star moved to camp on the eve of Sunday’s game, after holding just eight training sessions at the George Weah Technical Center in Careyburg.
It has been alleged that Government reneged on its responsibility to support the team, which belongs to the people of Liberia, though blaming the LFA for failing to live up to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
There are also reports that LFA did not receive a dime from Government for Liberia’s opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers fixture against the Warriors of Zimbabwe in Harare.
Embarrassingly, Bility had to borrow US$15,000 from Zimbabwe football chief, Phillip Chiyangwa to settle Lone Star players’ allowance on the eve of Lone Star 3-0 defeat to the Warriors.
He alleged that Musa Bility at the helm of authority of the Liberia Football Association is the worst President since the Local FA’s establishment.
He said the past Liberia Football Association Presidents were not receiving money from Fifa like the current FA leadership, but many are not seeing where the money goes.
Blay who has experienced nine caps with the Senior National Team “Lone Star” from 1984-1990; at the same time expressed disappointment over Liberia’s Football stakeholders.
He wants the clubs’ officials to stand firm now to ask Bility to resign.