Pres. Weah’s #14 Jersey Retires September 11 With Liberia-Nigeria Match
-Says Minister D.Zeogar Wilson
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. D. Zeoger Wilson has disclosed that the famous #14 Jersey with which His Excellency the President Dr. George MannehWeah won the World Footballer Award, will formally retire on September 11, 2018 and in recognition of that his Ministry will host a friendly match between Nigeria and Liberia on September 11.Minister D. Zeogar Wilson made the revelation at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular Thursday press briefing at the Information Ministry yesterday. He added that theLone Star team is prepared for the game and that the players will start practicing on September 9.
Minister Wilson added that the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has submitted their annual budget to them at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and they in turn have forwarded it to the Ministry of Finance.
Speaking about efforts to improve the performance of the ‘Lone Star’ National team, Minister Wilson intimated that they are building up a young Lone Star team, but are not expected to present quick results. “We are partnering with some groups that want to establish and develop teams in each of Liberia’s 15 counties,” he said.
According to Minister Zeogar, they have resolved the differences between the LFA and the National team over the management of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS). “I met with the LFA and they agreed that once their elections are over on September 8, they will sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to let the LFA to manage the ATS and the national team,” he said.
Referring to the conflict within the Liberia Boys Scouts Association, Minister Wilson reiterated that he is using the regional conflict resolution approach by getting the regional scout body to resolve it as the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) normally do.
“We want to recognize them to work with their recognized Scouts Association’s leadership for now,” he said.
In an answer to a reporter’s question, Minister Wilson referred to what he calls the unacceptable behavior of Hon. Rev. Samuel R. Sanders of District # Montserrado County, who is illegally maintaining his private office at a Center operated by the Youth Ministry but lacated within his district.
“He changed the lock at his office within the Center, when he should not have been there in the first place without engaging the Youth Ministry. I have been told he will be having a meeting with the leadership of the 3 communities which he should have done in the first place.” Minister Wilson asserted.
He added that they have brought the matter to the attention of Hon. Solomon George of the House Committee on Youth and Sports and Senator ConmanyWesseh also of the Youth and Sports Senate Committee at the House.
Meanwhile Deputy Information Minister has stated that President Weah at the head of a high-power Liberian delegation have arrived in Beijng, China to participate in the African-China Annual summit, adding that members of the President’s entourage include Foreign Minister Gbenzohngar Findley, Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Defense Minister Daniel Ziahnkahn and Agriculture Minister Dr. Flomo.
Answering a reporter’s question, Minister Fahngon clarified that as far he knows the Press Secretary to the President has not been changed, suspended or dismissed by the President, and when any of such happens he will officially inform the public, adding that people must refrain taking Facebook or social media information as true without verifying it.
The vote of thanks was given by Assistant MICAT Minister Samuel Worzie. By John L. Momoh