Items filtered by date: September 2016

BY Sylvester Worwee 

 

Musa Hassan Bility’s backed candidate, Kwesi Nyantakyi was one of two contenders elected at the Confederation of African Football Extraordinary General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, September 29, 2016 to fill the body’s two new seats on the Fifa Council.

Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association, and also an Executive Committee member of CAF received 31 votes; one more than third-placed Ahmad of Madagascar.

The Ghanaian FA boss was elected along with CAF’s second Vice President, Guinea’s Almamy Kabele Camara, who polled 37 votes, while Senegal Football Federation President Augustin Senghor finished fourth with nine votes.

The Guinean, like Sampon Kablan, FIFA Development Officer for West Africa observed proceedings at the Liberia Football Association Election Congress in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which saw Mr. Bility re-elected as president of Liberian football unopposed.

At the controversial Buchanan Congress, Bility persuaded CAF’s second vice president for the ballot box to be kept in a ‘dark room’, where voters would go and cast their votes.

Nyantakyi and Camara will hold their seats only until 17 March 2017, when they face re-election at the next Caf Congress, which is scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Prior to Thursday’s poll, Bility told the FrontpageAfrica Newspaper, “I’m not running.”

When asked why he’s not contesting given his much-publicized contribution to the election of FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Bility said: “We have a candidate that I helped to select. It doesn't have to always be me. That's called selflessness.”

“Before, I would act alone and speak aloud. Now I speak a lot more than myself,” he said.

When further quizzed by the newspaper, who his candidate is and whether his decision not to contest is premised on the improved integrity checks, Bility said: “Our group chose the Ghana Football Association President [Nyantakyi] as one of two people we will vote for.”

Bility who was barred from contesting February’s FIFA Presidential elections after he failed the integrity checks, has contested every footballing election since his ascendency as LFA President on March 27, 2010.

In keeping with Article 27 of the 2016 FIFA statutes, an improved integrity check was conducted by the Review Committee on all of the candidates before they were finally confirmed for the ballot, reason pundits say forced ambitious Bility out of the race.

The two [Nyantakyi and Camara] thus join CAF President Issa Hayatou (Cameroon), Hani Abo Rida (Egypt), Constant Omari (DR Congo), Tarek Bouchamaoui (Tunisia) and Lydia Nsekera (Burundi) as Africans on the FIFA Council to complete a seven-member African delegation at a meeting of the expanded Fifa Council slated for October13-14, later this year.

Meanwhile, CAF Extraordinary General Assembly held on September 29, 2016, rejected a proposal from the Djibouti Football Federation to end the rule, introduced just four years ago.

The rule restricts potential candidates for the Caf presidency only to members of its 15-man Executive Committee.

Mr. Bility appealed the new rules that barred anyone outside the Executive Committee from contesting the organization’s presidency after it was first adopted in 2012.

He was slapped with a six-month ban and US$10,000 fine after he was accused of accessing confidential information.

This was after Mr. Bility decided to support Jacques Anouma of The Ivory Coast in the Caf presidential race, as he sought to change the voting rules

 

 

 

 

Monrovia - Timothy Weah scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Ludogorets at the Stadion Georgi Asparuhov in Sofia in the UEFA Youth League (for Under-19s) on September 28.

 

Timothy, who is the son of Montserrado County Senator George Weah, scored the second goal in the 29th minute from a Colin Dagba assist.

 

His brace, which was PSG’s fifth goal, came three minutes after the break from an Alec Georgen connection.

 

Timothy took home the match ball, which was his side’s seventh goal, from a Samuel Essende pass in the 85th minute.

 

His first goal was sandwiched by Essende’s first half brace as Christopher Nkunku also scored a brace.

 

PSG are second in Group A with four points, two points adrift of leaders Basel, who beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Meadow Park in London on September 28.

 

About Timothy

 

Judging from past videos, Timothy might be one of the few sons of legendary footballers who can match his dad's achievements.

 

Jordi Cruyff, Alex Bruce, Tom Ince, Darren Ferguson, Nicky Summerbee, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Clemence are few examples of professional footballers who never quite got out of their dad's shadow and will Timothy flatter to deceive.

 

And while having a dad who an African, European and a world best in 1995 might be too much pressure for some kids, young Timothy doesn't seem to be too bothered.

 

He scored five goals as PSG under-17 beat China’s Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 13-0 in the 2016 Al Kass International Cup on February 10 in Qatar.

 

His fifth, a deft back-heeled flick, was a strike even his dad, who is perhaps best remembered for a wonder goal for AC Milan against Verona in Serie A on September 8, 1996, would have been proud of.

 

Having impressed on trial, PSG awarded Timothy a youth contract on May 13 until 2018.

 

His dad represented PSG between 1992 and 1995, winning the Ballon d'Or for the latter year shortly after moving to Milan.

 

And Weah expressed his delight at seeing his son, an American-born French, moved to the Parc des Princes.

 

"I am very proud and very happy to see my son grow into this great club that is Paris Saint-Germain. I player here too of course, for me it is a great pride. I hope the club will continue to grow, to become one of the biggest teams in the world. I also played here, of course, and this gives me great pride," Weah told the club's official website.

 

Timothy has represented the United States of America (USA) at the under-15 and under-17 levels and was part of John Hackworth’s 20-man squad that won the under-15 2015 Tournament Delle Nazioni in Italy.

 

They first trained in Italy and played Group C games in Slovenia against Costa Rica, Slovenia and Croatia.

 

At 15, Timothy, a 55th minute substitute for Lucas Del Rosario, scored a 61st minute goal as USA beat Austria 3-2 in the grand-finale on May 1 in Italy.

 

They were leading 3-0 before Nicolas Meister scored in the 63rd and 76th minutes respectively, according to ussoccer.com.

 

Timothy replaced Lucas in the 58th minute in a goalless draw in the semi-final with Italy but USA won 5-4 on penalties with Timothy converting the last kick on April 29.

 

He started the 3-2 defeat to Slovenia in the group stage but was replaced by Zico Bailey in the 54th minute on April 27.

 

Timothy was an unused substitute when USA beat Croatia 6-2 with four goals for Ayo Akinola and a brace for Andrew Carleton on April 26.

 

In their first match, Timothy provided two assists to Lucas, who scored twice as USA beat Costa Rica 4-1 before he was replaced by Adrian Villegas in the 50th minute on April 25.

 

Weah kept a home in New York during his playing career and met Timothy’s mother, Clar, when he was opening an account at a New York Chase bank where she worked.

 

According to BigAppleSoccer.com’s Michael Lewis, Clar was Timothy’s first coach.

 

"She knows the game a lot because she watched my dad," Timothy said.

 

In 2012, Timothy was selected to USA Club Soccer’s id2 program. Later that year, while playing for BW Gottschee, the Rosedale, New York resident made then coach Hugo Perez’s national under-14 squad and returned to the U-14 squad under coach Tony Lepore in 2013 and under current USA under-14 coach Brian Johnson in 2014, by which time Weah had moved to New York Red Bulls.

 

"Wherever we went, we went to malls and stuff and everyone would be like, 'Oh, that's George Weah.' I would just laugh and say, 'My dad was one of the greatest players and I want to follow in his footsteps.'

 

“But I also want to make a name for myself. I want to be Timothy Weah, be myself, play my game and still follow in his footsteps while I'm doing that," Timothy told Lewis in a 2013 interview.

 

Interestingly, Weah revealed that he took Timothy for a trial at Chelsea - his former club - in 2013, when his son was just 13.

 

Judging by the fact he is now playing for PSG, someone at Stamford Bridge clearly decided the young man wasn't good enough for The Blues.

 

About the Youth League (from Wikipedia)

 

The UEFA Youth League (originally titled as the UEFA under-19 Champions League) is a competition for all under age players registered to the 32 senior clubs that qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, plus 32 domestic youth champions.

 

The teams in the first tournament, 2013-14 season, played a group stage with the same composition and calendar as the 2013-14 UEFA Champions’ League group stage, and was held on a 'trial basis'.

 

The eight group-winners and eight runners-up the from group stage then participated in a knockout phase.

 

Unlike the UEFA Champions League, the knockout phase had single-leg ties, with the semi-finals and final played at neutral venues.

 

British media commented that the competition was formed to "limit the growing influence of the NextGen Series”.

 

The NextGen Series was a European football club cup competition for under-19 footballers.

 

It was designed to provide players with the opportunity to match themselves against other elite European footballers of their age group in a competitive environment.

 

The competition was created by sports television producer Justin Andrews, Rangers manager Mark Warburton and Brentford owner Matthew Benham.

 

Plans to create a European competition for youth footballers had long been explored.

 

Ajax and Manchester City played a behind closed doors match in November 2010 as did Liverpool and Celtic. This was part of a trial scheme for the new competition.

 

On 16 August 2013, organizers confirmed that the NextGen Series had been suspended for the 2013–14 campaign because of funding issues and lacking of competitive space since the creation of UEFA Youth League.

 

In April 2014, Barcelona became the first champion, beating Benfica 3–0 in the final-four held in Nyon.

 

After a two-year trial period, the UEFA Youth League became a permanent UEFA competition starting from the 2015-16 season, with the tournament expanded from 32 to 64 teams to allow the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations according to their UEFA country coefficient to also participate.

 

The 32 UEFA Champions’ League group stage youth teams retain the group stage format, with the group winners advancing to the round of 16 and the runners-up advancing to the play-offs.

 

The 32 youth domestic champions play two rounds of two-legged ties, with the eight winners advancing to the play-offs, where they play a single match at home against the Champions League path runners-up.

 

The round of 16 onwards retains the same format of single-leg ties as before.

 

The most successful team is Chelsea, who have won the trophy on two consecutive seasons by beating Shakhtar Donetsk on 13 April 2015 and PSG on 18 April 2016.

 

Danesius Marteh, danesius.marteh@frontpageafricaonline.com (Reporter)

 
Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:08

Laffor Says He's Not Difficult

By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
 

Mamelodi Sundowns forward Anthony Laffor insists he is not fussed about being labeled as difficult by his club Coach Pitso Mosimane and would rather focus his performances.

Mosimane has often raised his voice in expressing his feelings about Laffor, branding him as difficult whilst at the same time reiterating that his talent is wasted on the bench.

Training ground bust ups through the years have just become pillow fights between Mosimane and Laffor – the latter not always featuring as much he should be considering his capabilities.

Has he ever thought of himself as being a difficult?

“I am not difficult. He [Mosimane] is the first person that has said I am difficult. I am not difficult… I am Anthony Laffor,” he tells KickOff.com.

“I am telling you today that I am not difficult. Only he [Mosimane] knows about me being difficult. I mean even the people at home my family knows that I am not difficult, my teammates know that I am not difficult and so if he can say that I am difficult then it is only him who knows about why he says so. I have never asked why he says I am difficult.

"If that is the way he feels I don’t need to ask him why he says so. I am not taking it personal. I am okay with his comment and all I will do is work hard for the good of the team because that is the most important thing.

“At the end of the day I need to be humble and I need to respect my job. I am not here to cause confusion or get into arguments with the coaches. If that is how (Mosimane) he feels about me then that is what it is.

"That is him and there is nothing that will change about it so I just need to be humble, concentrate, work hard for this big brand that is Sundowns. This club is bigger than Pitso and myself so who am I to argue with Pitso if he says things about me. The most important thing is the team. What matters is how we work for the benefit of the team."

In the last two games the Liberian has responded by scoring the winner that took The Brazilians to this weekend’s MTN8 final before finding the target again with the crucial early opener last Saturday against ZESCO United as Sundowns made their way to the Champions League final.

“That is my job. I am here to score goals and I here to work hard for the team and help my teammates. What I know is that this is a team sport and I want to say thanks to my teammates for their support and service because this is not all about me. This is about the team and as long as the team wins at the end of the day then I am happy,” he notes.

The 31 year-old will again be called upon on Saturday to provide the goals that will bring the MTN8 trophy to Chloorkop for the first time.

 
 

By Sylvester Worwee


The Confederation of African Football Association (CAF) goes to the poll on September 29, 2016 to elect two of its members to represent the Body at the FIFA Council, formerly, FIFA Executive Committee.

FIFA Council has been significantly expanded as part of reforms introduced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, but candidates wishing to sit on the new council will have to face an improved integrity checks in keeping with Article 27 of the 2016 FIFA statutes.

The integrity checks will be conducted by the Review Committee in accordance with the FIFA Governance Regulations, before candidates are finally confirmed for the ballot at CAF extraordinary congress.

Seven candidates are in the race for Thursday’s election, which takes place in Cairo, Egypt; but Musa Bility, President of the Liberia Football Association is not one of them.

Apparently, the Liberian football chief is not contesting due to the integrity checks instituted by the World Football Governing Body, which candidates must undergo.

Bility was barred from contesting February’s FIFA Presidential elections after he failed an integrity check in November 2015.

The LFA President, who barely stay away from controversies challenged his exclusion by Domenico Scala’s ad-hoc electoral committee at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, but was unsuccessful in his bid to re-enter the race.

He told the FrontpageAfrica Newspaper in Monrovia that he’s supporting one of the candidates, and it does not have to always be him.

“I’m not running. We have a candidate that I helped to select. It doesn't have to always be me. That's called selflessness,” he said.

When asked who the candidate is and whether his decision to not contest is premised on the improved integrity checks, Bility said: “Before, I could act alone and speak aloud. Now I speak a lot more than myself. This means different approach.

“You will hear it in the international [media] when we assemble in Egypt starting this weekend. Our group chose the GFA [Ghana Football Association] President as one of two people we will vote for.

“We are currently negotiating with the French or Arab/Portuguese to consolidate behind a single slate of candidates during the elections. I've just appointed a special committee headed by the President of Zimbabwe FA [Philip Chiyangwa] and [it] includes the Presidents of GFA, NFF, South Sudan, Uganda and Malawi,” Bility told the local daily.

Ambitious’ Bility has participated in every footballing election since his ascendency as LFA President on March 27, 2010.

Barely a year after his election, Bility broke ranks with most of his African colleagues, when he declared he would vote against former FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter, who was instrumental in bringing the FIFA World Cup to the continent for the first time, in that year’s election.

On August 13, 2011, Bility was elected second vice President of West African Football Union (Wafu) Zone “A” at an extraordinary congress in Accra, Ghana.

On March 10, 2013, Bility contested but miserably lost the CAF executive committee elections in Marrakech, Morocco, obtaining just three votes.

On February 17, 2016, Bility was elected as Wafu Zone “A” first vice President at the Novotel Hotel in Dakar, Senegal during its congress.

When Infantino visited Nigeria from July 24-26 to meet African football associations Presidents, Bility announced that he have been elected as President of Anglophone member countries in Africa.

“It is truly an honor to have been elected chair of football in Anglophone Africa. I am a proud Liberian and will continue to work to show what is possible,” Bility wrote on his Facebook page on July 30.

Those expected to contest in tomorrow’s election are CAF first vice President Suketu Patel of Seychelles and CAF second vice President Almamy Kabele Camara of Guinea.

Others are CAF Executive Committee members Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also Ghana Football Association President and AHMAD Ahmad, president of the Madagascar Football Federation.

The rest are Senegal Football Federation President Augustin Senghor, Niger Football Federation President, Djibril Hima Hamidou and South Sudan Football Association President, Chabur Goc Alei.

The two winners will sit on the FIFA Council until another round of elections take place at the CAF congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 17, 2017.

The 36-member FIFA Council will hold its first meeting in Zurich, Switzerland from October 13-14 as it replaces the tarnished 24-member executive committee and takes responsibility for setting the overall strategic direction of world football's governing body.

The Cairo meeting will also pass a new set of statutes as part of the FIFA reform process.

 

By Boy Dolo


The charismatic Coach signed a two -year deal at United, and has told Insight Sport, the Club will be a formidable force under his guidance.

Newly signed Nimba United Head Coach Emmanuel Kaykay said he intends to build a solid team that will deliver the needed results at the NorthStar Stadium.

The former Barrack Young Controller (BYCII) Head Coach replaced Kollie Korvy who contract expired at the end of last season and is expected to guide the Mount Barclay supported Club for the next two seasons.

“Every Coach would like to work for Nimba United. They are a professional Club and one of the elite teams in the Country, so I am delighted to be a Head Coach,” the soft-spoken Kaykay said of the Mountaineers.

The youthful Coach could not rule out the challenges that follow in managing a top-rated Club like United, but he is adamant the Club has the pedigree to remain among the top teams in the League.

“It will be a challenging venture, but we believe the club will remain among the best teams on the local scene,” he added.

The 38-year also unveiled that he aims to win either the LFA First Division Championship or the Knockout Championship this season .He has already met with the players and disclosed his plans to them.

KayKay won the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Knockout Championship with BYCII and led the young Gold Blues to the preliminary rounds of the CAF Confederation Cup where the club was defeated on a 3-2 aggregate against Moroccan Club Kawkab earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Nimba United said it believes in the ability of Coach Kaykay to deliver the needed results.

“We at Nimba United believe in competition and young players and Coach Kaykay is a person with the same philosophy and ability,” a United’s statement said.

Nimba United finished the last LFA First Division League in 3rd place and the new Coach wants to change that.

Published in LFA League

By Boy Dolo


Two Liberians players would have met for the first time in a CAF Champions League final, but William Jebor’s Wydad Athletic conceded two goals, there the dream final was unfruitful.

Jebor missed out on meeting fellow countryman Anthony Laffor in the grand final of the CAF Champions League despite scoring a brace as Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco defeated Egypt’s Zamalek 5-2 on Saturday.

The on loan Rio Ave striker scored twice to help Wydad to a 3-1 half time lead, but the Moroccan giants who needed a 5-0 victory to progress, conceded two goals.

Wyada won the game 5-2, but could not go through as a result of their 4-0 thrashing in the first leg in Alexandria last weekend. The Egyptians progressed on a 6-5 aggregate.

Zamalek, who last won the competition 14 years ago, will now meet Anthony Laffor’s Mamelodi Sundowns in the two-legged final next month.

Sundowns will host the first leg on Friday 14 October, with Zamalek holding the second leg a week later.

Laffor scored as Sundowns booked their place earlier on Saturday with a 2-0 home win over Zambia's Zesco United to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Sundowns had to overturn a first leg deficit against the Zambians, having lost 2-1 in Ndola last weekend.

Laffor is in red-hot form at the moment having also provided the assist for Khama Billiat’s away-goal in Ndola in the 2-1 lost two weeks ago.

Sundowns and Zamalek also met in the group stage of the African Champions League this year with the South African club winning twice.

The Champions League winners will represent Africa at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan in December.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:19

Is BYC putting Lucio on the Market?

 

 


By Christopher C Walker

 

It is reported that Barrack Young Controllers are willing to listen to offers for center back defender Alvin MacCornel, aka “Lucio.”

The experience defender played less games/minutes than expected under BYC-I’s coach Cooper Sannah due to BYC’s more fast footed, aggressive defensive system.

The Liberian Champions are hoping to find a buyer for the former LISCR FC, Red Lion, and Garnerville FC defender who has found playing time difficult at the Blue Field, especially since Kemoh “John Terry” Kamara arrived at the club last season.

With intense competition from the legs of Prince “Rio” Jetoh, Francis “Stopper” Jallabah, Kamara, and now the newly promoted central back from BYC-II, Solomon Yarweh it is now believed that Maccornel is not in Coach Sannah plans for the upcoming 2016/2017 LFA league and CAF Champions League.

Maccornel, who is still contracted to the club for the next one season has been told it’s best for him to find a new club that is interested in him, although the “Go Blue Boys” now face a tough financial task of finding a buyer for one of their top earners. There are several clubs who are following the situation to bid for the gifted left footed defender.

There is tentative interest from Fassell FC, Nimba United and LPRC Oilers but it is still not clear where the player wants to go, or which club would best need his services. According to an officer of BYC, Alvin was happy with the decision in order to get his career back on track.

In addition, there are rumors that Monrovia Club Breweries has enter the race to signed Maccornel and give their team the needed experience in the CAF Cup, but Fassell also wants to sign the defender on loan something BYC is not willing to accept.

 
Published in LFA League
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:30

Crayton frustrated in LFA

 
 
 
 
By Christopher C Walker
 
Former Liberia international goal Keeper Louis Crayton has expressed his total Frustration in the leadership of the Liberia Football Association.

Crayton who is now a FIFA goal Keeper Trainer for Africa said Liberian football is not improving because of the kind of leadership at the LFA something he said needs to be changed if Liberia must be counted among footballing nationals in Africa and the World at large.

Speaking on SKY FM 107   from the United States of America Crayton noted that football is not developing in Liberia and people blame the players for the Country failure to qualify for the 2017 nations Cup.

He added that Football is all about motivation but the players are not motivated because the leadership of the Football House does not have the country at heart.

“  I want to admonished the Liberian People to stop blaming Gallay James for Liberia defeat to Tunisia  and look at the Foundation  of the problem, how prepared was this young man before going in the  match” said the Former Goal Keeper.
 
“The Technical Staff should be blamed for Liberia’s Failure in the just ended Nations Cup Qualifiers and not a the Players    because their tactics to the game was poor but this too is Liberia When you have a coach been trained for two weeks and give him the job of the national Team, James Debbah Credential as a coach is questionable” noted Crayton.
 
“I am disappointed in the way football is run in Africa’s oldest nation Liberia with the abundance of resources we have, our game is not improving”

“The President of the Liberia Football association Musa Bility has no interest in our Country all he does  is to use our football money to enrich himself and all those controlling football are people that are only after their own interest and not Liberia’s”  said Crayton who spoke on SKY FM  Sports program Saturday.

In his words LFA Vice President for Administration Musa Shannoh is not showing that he played football by his leadership style at the Football House because football is not developing in the country and he’s not doing anything  about it as a former National team Player.

When asked if he has approach the LFA on the development of the game in the Country the Former DC. United Shot stopper alleged that both Musa Bility and Musa Shannoh do not have interest in him coming to help draw out plans for the development of the country’s number one sport.

“Since my retirement I have knock on the doors of the LFA to come and help but they refuse to allow me come offer my service to Liberia as a goal keeper trainer and a former national team player because they are only there to make money for they and their families” the tough taking Louis Crayton told SKY Sports.

According to Crayton  he call the LFA requesting to come and help trained Liberian goal keepers Trainers in the country for three weeks and needed Two thousand  United States Dollars and provide a playing pitch for him to conduct  said  training something he said could help in  developing good keepers in the Country , but the Football House show no interest.

He mention that when he came for his vacation in Liberia recently in June he made another request that was turned downed by the LFA.

“there are talented players in the Country but their talents will died in them if the current leaders at the LFA remain as heads of the football House” Said Crayton.

WHEN Contacted the President of the Football House Musa Bility said he promised not to go into words of words with former players of the National Team but noted that the LFA is working to develop the game in Liberia.

Mr. Bility noted that the LFA will respond to all of the Comments and Allegations made by Louis Crayton at the right time.
 
 
 
Published in Lonestar News
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:12

IE Appoints Samuel Wlue As President

 


BY Kolubah Zayzay

The Board of Directors of the IE Majestic Sports Association has appointed National Housing Authority Managing Director Samuel Wlue as Interim President of the oldest existing football club in Liberia.

Mr. Wlue was appointed recently following series of Board Meetings, but his appointment was finally confirmed Monday after Mr. Wlue’s acceptance of the Board’s decision to name him as President of IE.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Eugene Shannon speaking to ELBC Sports Monday said the board reached a unanimous decision in August to name Mr. Wlue as President of the IE majestic Sports Association, and that he has accepted the appointment.

Mr. Wlue according to the letter of appointment will run the affairs of IE for the next two years.

In his acceptance letter to the IE Board of Directors, Mr. Wlue said “After deliberations with my family and friends, I register my acceptance to your communication to serve as Interim President for IE Majestic Sports Association.

It is my ardent hope that my preferment will bring about much synergy amongst Executives and Members of the Association”.

Mr. Wlue added that he believes the appointment will create a robust machinery to move the association forward and help regain its indomitable reputation that once highlighted the glory days of the association.

Mr. Wlue, an ardent fan of the Yellow Boys, has a mammoth task in reawakening one of Liberia’s football power houses that has struggled for existence since the civil crisis in Liberia.

IE had not gone to election to elect officials of the club since 2010 when Dr. Richard Tolbert and others were elected.

Since Dr. Tolbert’s resignation from the Association, the board of directors has only managed to name caretaker presidents.

Mr. Wlue will take over from Mr. Sam Gibson who resigned as President of the Interim Leadership just before the start of the last football league season.

IE failed to participate in the last LFA League season because of several constrains.

These constrains according to Dr. Shannon has been worked on by the Board of Directors and that the Association is gearing up to feature in the pending LFA First Division League.

IE, founded in 1943 has won many league titles in Liberia and has produced several big name football stars in the country, like the Legendary George Weah, but failed to establish itself into a corporate entity to acquire properties of its own.

IE rivaled with Mighty Barrolle in the years before the civil wars for supremacy in Liberian football, but that revelry seems to have died during the war years as there has been no taste of serious rivalry between the two.

Both IE and Barrolle are no longer considered as top notch clubs in Liberia owing to their dismal showing in the National Football leagues in past years.

Though IE won the LFA Premiership in 2007, the club was relegated to the second division, but came back to the first division a season later.

Their known rival, Mighty Barrolle suffered similar relegation to the second division, where the Red Boys spend three seasons, before gaining promotion to the top league the last season.

Mr. Wlue is taking over the IE Majestic Sports Association, with the Basketball team dissolved.

IE Basketball team has been dissolved since a fine was imposed on them by both Fiba-Afrique and the local Basketball Association in 2009 for disturbing in an International tournament in the Ivory Coast.

Fans of the club have either gone into hiding or joined other clubs such as BYC, LISCR FC, FC Fassell and Nimba United.

The demise of IE and Barrolle’s rivalries and supremacies in the country, has seen BYC, FC Fassell, LISCR FC and Nimba United open a new chapter of football in Liberia.

Invincible Eleven & Majestic Sports Association Inc. also known as Invincible Eleven (I.E.) is a football club from Liberia based in Monrovia. They are one of the founding members of football in Liberia.

 
 
Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:15

Coach Debbah Apologizes

 

 

By Roland Mulbah


After being comprehensively whitewashed 4-1 by the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the last match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, the head coach of the senior national team of Liberia, Lone Star, James Salinsa Debbah has officially apologized to Liberians and well-wishers of the Lone Star.


On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, Coach Debbah posted on his official facebook page that he sincerely apologized to those who expectations were dashed when Liberia’s Lone Star was very close to booking one of the tickets for the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.


Debbah, who was placed in Liberian football hall of fame as the country’s all-time leading goal scorer, also apologized for the erratic performance of his goalkeeper, Ghalley James in the 4-1 demolition.

The coach said the keeper’s misapplication of their technical instructions led to Liberia’s Lone Star demised.


He also informed Liberians and well-wishers of Liberian football that he is building a new team that will be structured entirely around young prospects. Coach Debbah, who was once Liberia’s Miracle man and most celebrated star, noted that the road to structuring a new team will be steep and rocky, but the country will inevitably prevail.


This is the exact post on Coach Debbah official facebook page on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

“(A Process!!!) My sincere apology to those who expectations were dashed, and my utmost apology for my goalkeeper whose misapplication of our technical instructions led to our demised.

We are building a new team that will be structured entirely around young prospects.

The road is going to be steep and rocky, but we will inevitably prevail,” Coach Debbah Said.


Meanwhile, Coach Debbah and Lone Star U-20 head coach, Christopher Wreh will depart the country very soon for a month long training course in London, England.


The course was made possible by the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility.


The course, which is expected to commence September 22, 2016, will last for 20 days.


The top-rated course will also see other top-rated African coaches in attendance.

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