Cellcom GSM, the official sponsor of the national football team, honored its promise when ten winners of its raffle draw were awarded prizes yesterday that will enable them to travel to Abidjan for the return leg match between Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire on November 17.
Presenting their packages to the ten winners, Cellcom GSM Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks reminded Liberians of the company’s reputation in honoring its sponsorship of Liberian football, including the national soccer team.
“This is a period of great excitement,” Dr. Weeks said, “for Liberians to throng the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to cheer their national team against The Elephants.”
He said the raffle draw was meant to provide at least ten Liberians to travel to the next venue of the second leg match and offer moral support to the team.
“This is something that only Cellcom can make it happen,” Dr. Weeks said, to a round of applause.
Contributing, national team coach James Salinsa Debbah commended Cellcom for its invaluable contribution towards the national cause and said Cellcom’s partnership with the development of Liberian football is commendable.
He assured Liberians that today’s game against La Cote d’Ivoire with all seriousness to ensure that victory is certain and to make Liberians rejoice.
Anthony Laffor said, “On behalf of my colleagues, we want to assure Liberians that we are prepared for the job to make Liberians happy.” He appealed to Liberians to come to the game in their numbers with the single purpose of cheering the team to victory.
Hat-trick scorer William Jebor promised to play above himself to change the soccer history between the two countries.
“They may think we are nothing,” Jebor said, “but I can assure them that this is Liberia’s time to win and make our people smile.”
Jebor, who scored three goals against Guinea Bissau in Bissau to qualify Liberia to meet with La Cote d’Ivoire credited God for past successes, and promised to secure goals to make the return leg on November 17, a mere formality.
In remarks, four of the winners heaped praises on Cellcom GSM for being number in mobile evolution in the country.
“When I got the call that I had won,” said a young man who traveled from Grand Gedeh County to receive his prize, “I thought it was not true but I was convinced by the caller that I am a winner.”
He added that afterwards, his friends made four cars available to bring him to the program yesterday.
The winner between Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire in the two-legs will move on to play in the group stage in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.