The 2017-18 National County Sports Meet scheduled to begin today has been postponed and will be held at a new date after the inauguration of President-elect George Manneh Weah.
According to Ministry of Youth & Sports sources, several counties have already received their financial allotment and have concluded preparations for the tournament.
However, they said because of the importance that President-elect Weah attaches to the games, they will now be rescheduled after his inauguration on Jan. 22.
A visit to the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex yesterday, a large group of people was getting the complex ready because the inauguration will be held there.
“We are giving the Complex a cleanup for the occasion,” one of the workers told the Daily Observer.
The recently refurbished Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex can accommodate 35,000 persons and with the huge interest in President-elect Weah’s election, many have predicted a large turn out on Jan. 22.
Though there has been no official confirmation that inauguration will be held at the Complex, sources have said it will be the venue for the event.
Ordinarily, it is held at the National Legislature but because of the current renovation works ongoing on Capitol Hill, both the president-elect and the vice president-elect may be held at two different places.
Hosting the president-elect’s inauguration at the SKD Complex is significant because President-elect Weah led the national soccer team, Lone Star, to challenge several countries for soccer supremacy there.
Recall that it was at SKD Complex that Liberia, led by Weah lost 2-1 to the Black Stars of Ghana in the ZONE 3 Finals in the 1980s.
It was at the same venue after Liberia held Ghana to a 0-0 in 1988 in Accra, Ghana and defeated Ghana 2-0 in the popular saying “Debbah opened it, Weah closed it,” in a FIFA World Cup elimination.
It was during the first leg in Accra that Pewou Bestman saved George Alhassan’s penalty that became the ‘talk of the town’ in Accra and Monrovia.
It was at the same ground that Liberia defeated Egypt, Nigeria, among others, in a well-orchestrated plot, initiated by President Samuel Kanyon Doe, whose name the Complex honors.
Weah will also remember the traditional rivalry between Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle and the highly contested Hydro Tournaments and Dugbor USA (Best out of three) that Weah and Debbah were the ultimate players to determine their outcomes.
So having the inauguration at the SKD Complex will bring fond memories to the President-elect and will let him see why it is necessary for his government to get capable men at the LFA to pursue more soccer glories for the country.