The Ministry of Youth and Sports, through its deputy and assistant ministers Henry Yonton and Murvee Gray, paid their respective tributes to the fallen Liberian coach and journalist, Zoegar Q. Jaynes, when they signed the ‘Book of Condolence” opened by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) at its headquarters on Clay Street, Monrovia.
Speaking to journalists afterward signing the book of condolence, the two officials regretted the sudden death of ZQ (as he was popularly called), which occured on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
He died at a local hospital in Paynesville where he had sought medication following brief illness.
Minister Yonton called on sports journalists to emulate the footprint of the former career journalist, while Minister Gray urged the kickball and basketball federations to name one of their trophies in the late Zoegar Q. Jaynes’ memory.
The two officials also urged the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, should name a lecture discourse in his memory, because of his invaluable role he played as a sports reporter and editor at the LBS and the a sports correspondent for BBC.
“I’ve known Zoegar as a professional, bold and serious-minded journalist, he would be missed,” Mr. Yonton said.
Gfray said, “Zoegar was always on the football field giving guidance to young reporters, interacting and inspiring them.”
The former secretary general of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) Frederick Pratt, who also expressed regret over the death of ZQ, said the deceased was the founding coach of 1st Division male basketball team, Flames, and served as assistant head coach for Phoenix female team.
Mr. Pratt, who is currently the assistant secretary general of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), said Mr. Jaynes served as the public relations officer (PRO) of the LNOC.
The late ZQ was the founding president of the Liberia Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) and was the aspiring Director of Media Services at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).
Meanwhile, according to family sources, the funeral rite of ZQ would be held at the Providence Baptist Church on Broad Street on Saturday, November 29, 2014.