Liberia’s traditional sport, Kickball, has elected a new president for the first time after eight years to steer the affairs of the association for the next four years.
Stakeholders of the Liberia Kickball Federation (LKF) over the weekend elected Emmanuel Surprise Whea as president with 43 votes against the incumbent president J. Yourvor Kollie, who accumulated 18 votes.
Mr. Kollie served as LKF President from 2010–2018.
President-elect Whea promised to fulfill his electoral promises, including a promise to decentralize kickball activities in the 15 counties while providing office space, to improve the national league, life-after-kickball program and reconciliation.
Nayvarro Saykie, director of Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who represented the ministry, described the election as “free, fair and transparent.”
Prior to the election of Whea, he served as vice president for Angels of the Sky (ASK Sisters) and Assistant secretary general for the LKF for the past 12 months before the Saturday’s polls. He is also the outgoing chairman for the Grand Bassa County Sports Association.
The second position on Team Whea, Samuel O. Ward, was elected as vice president for Administration, defeating the only female senior executive of the federation, Amie Wesseh.
Evan Soma was retained as vice president for Operations, because no one challenged him, while Milton Padmore remains the longest serving secretary general for the federation.
Abu Fofana won the assistant secretary general position on white ballot.
The defeat of Amie Wesseh as vice president for Administration has proven that there is no woman in the leadership of the LKF (all female game).
Mrs. Pudens Sonpon, a pundit of kickball, has therefore called on United Nations (UN) Women to empower female athletes, technical and female administrators to take over kickball as well as female participation in taking over the game they play.