– National High School Football & Kickball Championships Continue Today in Buchanan
Dionysius Sebwe, National Coordinator of the National High School Football & Kickball Championships, says Bassa High School will take on their counterparts from Gorblee High School at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium this afternoon in Buchanan.
He said this afternoon’s games are part of the official tournament launched by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in Monrovia on April 12.
The former Lone Star defender said the tournament is Vice President Boakai’s initiative to promote sports and education that he sees as inseparable components for the development of Liberian youth.
The two major purposes of the tournament are to promote sports and education and to motivate young people in schools to remain there till graduation, and to encourage those who are not in school to go school.
Sebwe said the tournament will involve the entire country, which is divided into five regions. Region one has Lofa, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount and Bomi.
Region two has Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Grand Bassa. Region three has only Montserrado. Region 4 has Grand Kru, Sinoe and River Cess, and region five has Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh.
In the end, he said four teams will come from Montserrato, along with four from the other four regions, to participate in the National Championships in Monrovia.
He explained that the tournament has three phases: County High School Championships, Regional Championships, and the third phase will be National Championships.
Sebwe said high schools in all the designated counties will play against each other where a champion will emerge to represent the region in phase one to participate in the regional championships in phase two and upward to the national championships, that would be held for one week in Monrovia at the weekend of August 24, 2017.
Sebwe said there will be four individual awards and prizes, including a large trophy, medals, and cash prize of US$7,000, a trip to one of four West African countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone or Cote d’Ivoire).
He said the Most Valuable Player Award will attract US$1,000, and one year scholarship at a university of the player’s choice. There are many opportunities that could come from such an exposure, he said.
“All participating schools will have two sets of jerseys
and two footballs,” Sebwe said. He called on students in the various high schools across the country to take advantage of the opportunity and be prepared to celebrate the importance of school and education as Vice President Joseph Boakai has noted.