The inaugural edition of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Under-15 Heroes Cup is set to begin on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
The Heroes Cup is the LFA’s desire to celebrate the contribution of former players who served and uplifted Liberian football and the national teams.
The tournament is to honor icons like Wanibo Toe, John ‘Monkey’ Brown, Victor Seah, Patrick Doeplah, Benedict ‘Mama Musa’ Wesseh, Josiah Nagbe Johnson, Frank Jericho Nagbe, Sr., Washington Blay, Sakpa ‘Myers’ Nyenseor, Borbor Gaye, Dominic Vava George, President George Manneh Oppong Weah and James Salinsa Debbah.
It will also remember several players like Murphy Nagbe, Patrick Jackson and Nathaniel Sherman, who got injured on national duty.
“The LFA believes it is important to honor those who have contributed to football, whether they are dead or alive,” a release from the LFA quoted President Mustapha Raji.
This year’s edition will feature 16 youth teams from across Montserrado County paired into four zones.
They are Hope Football Academy, C. T. Football Academy, Keitrace Pro Academy, and CYA Football Academy, which are in zone one. Zone two consists of Street Soccer Academy, Junior Marshall Academy, GAC Football Academy, and Hassan Football Academies.
The rest are Sam Johnson Football Academy, One Goal Football Academy, Nation One Football Academy and Wilson Corner Football Academy, which are in zone three. And zone four comprises Cece United Football Academy, Ambassador Football Academy, Project Football Liberia, and Ambassador Football Liberia.
According to the LFA, there will be eight matches in the opening day across three venues. At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Hope Football Academy will meet CYA Football Academy at 1:30 PM; C. T. Football Academy will take on Keitrace Pro Academy at 2:50 PM, and Cece United Football Academy will welcome Ambassador Football Liberia at 4:00 PM.
At the Blue Field on Lynch Street, Street Soccer Academy will meet Hassan Football Academy at 1:30 PM; Junior Marshall Academy will knock boots with GAC Football Academy at 2:50 PM, and Ambassador Football Academy will take on Project Football Academy at 4:00 PM.
At the LFA’s technical center in Careysburg, Sam Johnson Football Academy will engage Wilson Corner Football Academy at 2:30 PM, while One Goal Football Academy will battle Nation One Football Academy at 3:50 PM.
The tournament will continue on 9-10 February with the second and third matches in the groups. The winner of each group will advance to the semi-finals, which will take place on 22 February, while the grand final takes place on 24 February at the ATS.
During the matches, some of these icons will be present to share their stories with the players.