Former Liberia international midfielder and the presumptive contender in the 2018 LFA presidential elections, Janjay Innis, has blasted Musa Bility in the wake of the huge financial support from the world football governing body, FIFA, and local sponsors for “the appalling condition” of football in the country.
In a telephone conversation from his base in Paris, France, Innis said Bility, who will be seeking a third term in next year’s elections, should not be reelected because of the downturn of football in the country.
He argued that Bility’s stay ‘would continue the curse on the most popular game.’
Innis said the LFA leadership’s inability to develop the modern aspect of football with measures that will enhance the game is causing serious setbacks not only to the beautiful game but for clubs and young talented players.
He pointed out that one of the major flaws of the LFA is the lack of risk management in its administration of the game in the country.
He said it is important for the leadership of the FA to undertake a structural approach to risk management to demonstrate the taking of precautionary measures to minimize risks.
“Risk management is a crucial aspect to modern football because the objective is to protect the assets and financial resources of youth clubs and its members by reducing risk and the potential for losses,” he said.
According to Innis, risk management in sports is also about being aware of what may happen at the FA and the clubs, with steps to limit the chances of losses.
He said risk management is not necessarily harmful; but left unaddressed, it can have a significant negative impact on a football club.
Innis further said risk management is important for football clubs to undertake a structured approach so they can demonstrate to insurers and others that they have taken the precautionary measures to minimize it.
Given the increasing desire of people to hold organizations accountable for their actions and the difficulty in obtaining appropriate insurance, risk management is a crucial aspect to modern management of football at all levels, he said.
It may be recalled that Innis recently expressed his intention to contest in the 2018 LFA Presidential Election, and if successful to improve the standard of the game.
He indicated that his decision to contest the presidency of the LFA is based on his wealth of experience as a player, technician, and administrator.
He placed more emphasis on the development of youth football and incorporating the expertise of former players to enhance the development of the game in every capacity.
The former Liberian midfielder plied his professional career in Switzerland with Yverdon and Al Nasr Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He also won two caps for the national team. During his heyday, he was taken to Switzerland along with Josephus Yenay by Liberia’s second sports Ambassador Jonathan Sogbie (Boye Charles).
Like Innis, many pundits are calling for the restructuring of the LFA as well as a roadmap that will rejuvenate the spirit of the local league, which has been dead over the years. He is expected in the country at the weekend.