Former member of the national soccer team, Experience Sayon Davis, who suffered stroke more than two years ago, can now have peace of mind, because of a promise from newly elected Senator Ambassador George Weah that help is not far away.
The two met in an emotional but exciting gathering last Thursday at the residence of Sayon Davis in New Kru Town, when Ambassador Weah was rounding up support for his senatorial election bid last Saturday.
“I told Ambassador Weah I want to walk like everyone else,” Davis told the Daily Observer in an interview after the meeting. “I told him I need his help.”
That help from Ambassador Weah, he said, would include both material and medical assistance that could enable him get physical therapy from any accomplished medical facility, including any Chinese clinics that are specialized in the recovery of stroke victims.
Ambassador Weah’s visit was coordinated by CDC’s campaign chairman (Prof.) Wilson Tarpeh.
As Ambassador Weah held a brief meeting with the ailing superstar, who was part of the victorious Lone Star team which in 1979 won the 6 Nation Soccer Tournament, hundreds of CDC’s supporters, who had heard about his presence, besieged the area.
Sayon later told the Daily Observer that Ambassador Weah gave him assurance of all support that is necessary to get him back on his feet, God willing.
“I told him I highly appreciate his exceptional interest in my welfare,” Sayon said; “and I pray for God to guide him to secure is dream.”
Observers, many of them CDC sympathizers, expressed appreciation for Ambassador Weah’s visit to a former footballer in serious distress and in need of material and financial support.
It is not the first time that Ambassador Weah is coming to rescue a former footballer in distress. In the late 1980s, he rescued LPRC-Oilers former coach George Taylor who had suffered a stroke.
Weah, then actively playing in France, single-handedly provided much needed funds to enable Coach Taylor to get treatment in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, a gesture that was also complemented by Jonathan Sogbie, (Boye Charles), who was then playing in Switzerland.
Ambassador Weah has also given health assistance to one of Liberia’s foremost goalkeepers, Boye Cooper, who died in a refugee camp in Nigeria several years ago, and had provided funds to get his remains back to Liberia for proper burial.
“Ambassador Weah’s goodness has not been surpassed by any of his friends,” said someone familiar with Weah’s generosity.
Sayon Davis, known as ‘Experience’ by his colleagues during his heydays, suffered from stroke more than two years ago, after his return from a coaching job in Nigeria. It happened immediately following the death of his oldest son, killed on assignment with the Liberia National Police.
Without any support, Davis survives on the kindness of neighbors and friends. His sister, Doryen Peters, told our correspondent that she could be able to sustain her brother better once she is empowered with a business.
Davis has made several appeals to humanitarian Liberians, including President Ellen John-Sirleaf, for assistance.
With Ambassador Weah’s promised of assistance, residents in the area expressed gratitude to God for torching his heart, in order for him to come to the rescue of a man who many had said would receive his flowers, as it is done always in Liberia, when he is dead.