A team of soccer experts, including ex-international players and sports journalists has been examining and analyzing the on-going Russia 2018 World Cup at LNTV studios in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
LNTV is the Liberia National Television that is with official broadcasting right to show the 2018 World Cup to Liberian audience in the country.
The panel of journalists includes Daily Observer’s Omari Jackson, who in his career attended the 1996 African Cup of Nations that Liberia first participated in South Africa.
He also attended the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. As a graduate of the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia, Greece, he led several lectures to students on the ancient Greek ideal that is the basis for the Olympic Games.
It also includes Hassan Umaru Kiawu, a veteran broadcaster who, as an athlete was a member of the Liberian delegation to the Atlanta Games in the United States.
Hassan, also as an athlete represented Liberia in several competitions, including the World University Games in Japan and was described at his prime as Liberia’s Human Jet. He inspired lots of young people to come to track and field. As a journalist, he reported for BBC Sports and was a vanguard in promoting Liberian sports abroad.
Liberia former international midfield maestro Kervin Sebwe is on the panel and with his wealth of experience in Europe as a player and now as a coach, with leading position at the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the once diminutive player provides insights to the games as they come along.
The next is Benjamin Seedee, known during his playing days for Might Barrolle and Lone Star as Roberto. A daredevil striker, Roberto was a forceful player who was never out of the national soccer team and his club, Mighty Barrollle.
Adventure sent Roberto to South Africa, first as a player and next as a coach. Seedee now holds A, B and C license certificates from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). He is also a local coach instructor imparting soccer knowledge to youth teams in the country.
With his passion for the game, Seedee is a delight to watch as he articulates the beautiful game and suggests why a team in the current World Cup would lose or draw.
Another presenter on the show is Mr. Moses Kollie Garzeawu, director of TV programs at the Liberia Broadcasting System, the state broadcaster.
Moses is presently the vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) and the young man’s potential for the betterment of his choosing career is visible in his presentation.
As the games progress, more journalists, players, and former international players, as well as soccer administrators, would be added, according to the organizers, but another important member is Mr. Prince T. Kordorwalee, a senior producer at the LNTC. Prince’s support to the panelists and the producers is immense that everyone is at peace when he is around. It is a mark of a man who knows his work and executes it at the appropriate time to get results.
The Russia World Cup began June 8 and will end on July 15 and the above personalities and others with diverse backgrounds will inject local flavor into the global fiesta to assist viewers depending on the LNTV to celebrate the 21st edition of the World Cup.