A two-day knockout football tournament, styled Community Integrated Tournament (CIT), under the sponsorship of the Lawrence Morris Foundation (LMF) begins this weekend in Careysburg.
According to the organizing chairman, Amos S. Browne, the tournament will be held from Saturday – Sunday, December 17-18, at the Blacktom Town Sports Pitch in Lower Careysburg, bringing to the fore eight communities.
Participating communities include Blacktom (the host), Cooper Farm, Central Careysburg, Whede Town, King’s Farm, Joezohn Town, Wolokai and Fendell.
“The purpose of the tournament is to bring the various communities together and unite the youths through sports, which is a unifying factor that promotes social growth for the young people,” Browne said.
The organizer said the three winners, from 1st to 3rd place, will receive trophies; but the 1st place winner will walk away with L$7,000; second place, L$4,000; and 3rd place, L$3,000.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of LMF, Ambassador Lawrence Morris, will perform the kick-off, and the opening program of the two-day football fiesta is expected to be graced by traditional leaders, women’s groups, elders, zoes, youth organizations as well as some foreign guests from far and near.
Mr. Browne also said the tournament, a first of its kind in Careysburg, promises to bring peace among the people of the various communities, especially during this festive season. He added that the tournament will also be guided by the football governing body of District #1,
Montserrado County, of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), which has assured the organizers that all rules will be observed.
Mr. Morris is an aspirant for the District # 1 Montserrado County seat in the 2017 elections. He will be contesting against the current lawmaker, Josephine George Francis, and over seven other hopefuls.