The Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) will today resume normal school activities at a new location to provide quality education, along with soccer education to its students.
Due to inadequate space at the Conquerors Christian Foundation Academy on Lynch Street, MFA will now host its student athletes at the Muslim Congress High School on Mechlin Street, the administration says.
Though the new school is far from football pitches, MFA will provide transportation for its students and staff to continue the training and practices.
The administration in a release also disclosed that recruitment of an additional 26 students and the hiring of three new staff members are underway. This brings to 53 the number of students now representing 20 different communities across Montserrado County.
During the previous academic calendar, there were 27 students (athletes) from 12 different communities across Monrovia and they have returned for the next academic year.
“We have 16 returning 5th-grade students and 11 returning 3rd-grade students. With the new addition, we now have 19 students in 3rd grade, 12 students in the 4th grade, and 22 students in 5th grade,” the release said.
It added, “To accommodate growth in our student population, we have hired two new teachers and one new cook. Our new teachers, Klon Hinneh and Cecelia Tyler, hold bachelor’s degrees from the University of Liberia and a wealth of experience as teachers and administrators. Our new cook, Zoe Anderson, will help run a highly recommended catering service in Paynesville.”
Meanwhile, the Vice President for Administration at the Liberia Football Association, Musa Shannon, has been added as a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors. According to the MFA release, Shannon, a former member of the Liberia national team, played in Division 1 college soccer at the Roberts Morris University in the United States before playing professional football in the MLS, Portugal and China, and will use his background in business and football to help the Academy from the start-up phase to sustainability.
Meanwhile, the MFA will on October 2 play a charity match against FACE Africa. The match is scheduled to take place in Brooklyn, New York. FACE Africa is a Liberian-run organization that provides clean water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene service to Liberians across the country.
“A portion of the income from the match will go directly to our water tower,” the release said.