Fans and the Movement for the Promotion of Kickball in Nimba County have named Grand Cape Mount County’s kickball captain, Mary Ben, alias ‘Agogo,’ the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Group II at the end of the preliminary rounds, which ran from Sunday, December 13 to Thursday, December 17, at the Sanniquellie Sports Stadium in Nimba County.
The Gbasajamba kickball captain was tipped on Thursday, December 17, when they beat Maryland 14-5 points to top the group with nine points after three games.
Cape Mount defeated Bomi 19-0 points in the opener, whipped host Nimba County in the second derby and then Maryland to seal their unbeaten record.
Mary, weighing about 185 pounds, told journalists that through regular training, she’s able to control her game, stressing that obesity cannot stop her from playing kickball.
Statistically, Mary has 100% in Air Ball Catch (ABC); 90% in Kick Spot; 90% in Pitching; and 95% in Running and Sliding. She wears jersey number 10.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, Mary said she began her kickball career at age 14 at the former George Call Junior High School, now Greater Vision High School, in New Kru Town.
When she moved to Gardnersville, Mary enrolled at Addo Mills High School on Barnersville, where she served as captain for the kickball team until her graduation in 2008.
In 2001, she joined the Amazon Kickball Team; and eight years later, she was appointed captain, where she serves up to the present. Amazon is the current triple champs of the Liberia Kickball Federation (LKF).
Mary played her debut County Meet in 2006 for Sinoe County and lost in the finals to River Cess County. In 2008, she also played for Maryland County and lost in the finals to Nimba County. The following year, she played for Grand Cape Mount County and stopped in the quarterfinals.
Two years later, she played for Nimba County and came third.
The following year, she returned to Grand Cape Mount and reclaimed her current captaincy.
The 30-year old is a mother of two daughters ages 11 and 6, and said she has no plan to put an end to her kickball career.
She said she will keep playing kickball until her bones are old enough unable to knock the object.
“I started playing in the County Meet for Sinoe in 2006 that is about 10 years ago and I don’t wish to retire; as you can see, I am still strong, and more to that I want to keep fit. You know exercise keeps the body young,” Mary said.
Though big in structure, Mary’s performance has compelled coaches to select her during tryouts, with no restriction on the ages and number of times for kickballers to feature in the annual sporting festival.
When asked whether she would remain with Cape Mount, Mary said: “The County Meet is like the European league where players transfer from one team to the other. I am with Cape Mount this year, if another County comes for me and I judge the wages, I could leave; but for now, Cape Mount is my employer and I pledge my allegiance,” she added.