Ahead of the Lone Star’s encounter with the Elephants of Ivory Coast, the BWI Alumni Association (BWIAA) has provided L$50,000 to the Liberia Football Association (LFA) as its contribution to the national team’s Friday encounter with The Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire.
At the Information Ministry’s regular Tuesday press briefing held on Capitol Hill yesterday, the president of the BWI Alumni Association, Jonathan Paye-Layleh, stressed the need to support the team.
Mr. Paye-Layleh said the presentation was done in fulfillment of a promise made to Liberia’s Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
He said the association has come with a little, “but with love and patriotism for the country, and will continue to pray for the Lone Star’s success on Friday, November 13.”
Mr. Paye-Laleh said BWI will try as much to identify with national endeavors because “when the Ebola war was here, we stood by the government by being one of the organizations that contributed to the fight.”
He said Ivory Coast is a big name in the history of African football, but that Liberia has always proven to be a place of big surprises and therefore convinced that with the support of the government, as well as the determination from the leaders of Liberia Football Association (LFA), Liberia will prove supreme on Friday.
Presenting the cash to LFA’s president Musa Bility, Dr. Kenneth Y. Best, Chairman of the BWI board of governors and alumnus of the Institute, said he was delighted to present the amount of L$50,000 as part of the Alumni Association’s support to Lone Star, and gave an additional L$5,000.
Dr. Best, who is also publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper, expressed hope that Mr. Bility wins the FIFA presidency because there is nothing that would stop Liberia from winning the presidency of FIFA.
“We are praying that we’ll be successful in these two fronts. We are facing on Friday the Elephants of the Ivory Coast who are the current champions of Africa,” he said.
He also said the Daily Observer will provide a motivational editorial for players of the national team on Thursday that will inspire them against The Elephants on Friday, and urged LFA President Bility to ensure that all players get a copy of Thursday’s edition of the Daily Observer.
In remarks, the president of Liberia Football Association, Musa H. Bility, hailed the BWI Alumni Association for their support and said the money means more than L$50,000. “It also means that Liberians will do all to see victory,” he stressed.
Mr. Bility said he was inspired by the speeches delivered by all the speakers, including Dr. Best, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, among others.
Mr. Bility also assured Liberians that with preparations made so far, Liberians will celebrate victory over The Elephants.
“That victory will come. We stand by the national team as a people. This country has a population of four million people, and clearly everyone cannot go on the field. I urge everyone to be a good fan; good spectators to the game as you support the national team,” he said.
He also hailed Mr. George Kailondo for his continued contribution to the national team, especially during competitions.