Ban Hangs over Nimba, Cape Mount Players

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The head of delegation of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the Group II preliminary rounds held in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, J. Bryant McGill, has recommended a two year ban on a Nimba County kickball player and a football player from Grand Cape Mount County for lack of sportsmanship.

The recommendations are expected to be investigated by the Grievance and Ethics Committee, headed by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC).

Bryant said the ban would also affect the players at their respective football and kickball associations.

According to reports, prior to the game between Bomi and Nimba Counties last Thursday, Nimba County kickball player Cecelia Seboe was accused of biting the fingers of a player from Bomi County, which nearly resulted in a riot between fans of the two counties.

Cecelia admitted to the biting, but said it was done in self defense during a fight.

From the preliminary investigation, Cecelia was arrested and detained by the Nimba County detachment of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

The tension packed match between Bomi and Nimba almost ended in fist fights among the players, but referee Hassan Konneh was able to put the situation under control. Konneh sent off defender Moses Quaye over a reckless foul and coach Emmanuel Cooper and substitute goalie Boima Johnson for insults and incitement of players. The game ended 2-0 in favor of Nimba, who emerged as Group II leaders.

Avvording to reports, Grand Cape Mount County player Fahnbulleh nearly kicked a ball boy for wasting time to hand him a ball during their derby against Maryland.

Grand Cape Mount County convincingly whipped Maryland 5-3, but didn’t qualify owing to low points. Maryland, however, joined Nimba with four points.

There were no reports from Zwedru, Kakata and Buchanan before going to press.

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