An international soccer group, which uses football to share the good news of Jesus Christ, The Ambassador Football International (AFI), has honored Mr. Robert Sirleaf for ‘bringing hope through football’ with the construction of sports stadiums in Monrovia.
The AFI was formerly called Ambassador In Sports (AIS).
The Director of the Youth League and also the overseer of the AFI-Liberia, William Tinesio Tarpeh, said the Plague of Honor is to recognize the ‘little works” Mr. Sirleaf, evidence of the erection or renovation of sports stadiums in and around Monrovia.
Mr. Tarpeh presented the Plague of Honor to a proxy of Mr. Sirleaf – the President of FC BYC I, Sekou Konneh, on Friday, January 3, 2014, at one of Sirleaf’s renovated fields, the Blue Field, located at the PHP Community.
“When we come to Liberia, we see many mini stadiums being built around Monrovia and we are told they were build by Mr. Robert Sirleaf, some of the little things that people do and Robert stands out,” Mr. Tarpeh said.
Mr. Tarpeh disclosed that Liberia is amongst the 100 countries AFI is establishing its chapter, before or by 2020 and two coaches will be trained in the US in July.
On behalf of the honoree, Mr. Konneh “When people do what impact other people’s lives, especially, young people who are vulnerable, I think, they need to be appreciated and that is what you have shown us today.”
“Mr. Sirleaf has always said that what he wants is to share his glory with others because of his passion for football.”
Mr. Tarpeh started his soccer career with Grand Kru in 1974, Great Bame (1980-1982); St. Joseph’s Warriors 1983-1984) and LPRC Oilers (1985-1987). He coached Oilers (1992-94) before going abroad.
He is a Christian football evangelist for the AFI at the Cleveland, Ohio Chapter.
Mr. Sirleaf has helped to build or renovate minis sp;ports stadium in West Point, the Borough of New Kru Town, Slipway, Gardnersville, Barnersville, and the PHP Community, in Monrovia.