First question: When was the County Meet organized?
The 2018 National County Meet will be the best ever, according to Mr. Noel Chateau, chief marketing officer of Orange Liberia.
This year’s County Meet will kick off on December 16, under the sponsorship of Orange Liberia, which also provides sponsorship for the national team, the Lone Star.
Mr. Chateau told journalists last Friday at a press conference at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex with Youth & Sports officials that his company has already been sending out questions about the County Meet.
Organized in the 1950s during the administration of President William V. S. Tubman as a political tool to unify the country, the tournament is held each year, pitting counties against each other. The celebratory mood at each of the games brings the best among citizens and pursue victory, during the preliminaries and in the finals, to show their joy and love for their respective counties.
Speaking further, Mr. Chateau said, “We have been sending you sms of County Meet Quiz. For example, one of the questions is: Which county did win the first County Meet tournament?” The SMS adds two possible answers: Montserrado County or Maryland County?
Now since there are no records either at the Liberia Football Association or the Ministry of Youth & Sports about the tournament since it was organized, the answers are held in the minds of older Liberians.
Another question, Mr. Chateau said is: “In the finals in 1985, which county won the finals against Grand Kru County?” The possible answers there are: Sinoe or Grand Bassa?
The series of questions and answers about the County Meet is meant to encourage people to test their knowledge while at the same time, there a chance for people to win some prizes in the end.
“We want to make this year’s County Meet,” Mr. Chateau said, “the best ever.”
Orange CEO, Mamadou Coulibaly, said, “Orange Liberia will put in money as necessary, along with products, because Monrovia is not Liberia and we see the partnership as the best opportunity for our company to cover the country with our products,” he said.
Youth & Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson said the government is providing US$250,000 and his ministry will also provide two sets of jerseys each to all the participants, including the soccer teams that would be introduced during the quarter finals.