The national amputee football team touched down at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York last Friday, August 7. The three time Africa champ will be undergoing an intensive academic study at Morgan State University in Baltimore, State of Maryland.
The 15 man delegation headed by its president Melvin Gotteh will take classes in organizational behavior, financial management, business ethics, conflict resolution, management and leadership among others.
The study is intended to help in the effective running of the federation as well as their lives, upon their return home.
“Thanks to Morgan State University for her generosity towards these future leaders of Liberia,” said Mr. Duannah Siryon, international coordinator of the Liberia Amputee Federation, who facilitated the arrangement.
In a letter addressed to the Amputee Federation, the president of Morgan State University Mr. David Wilson said “I believe that this visit will enhance your knowledge on the core areas of organizational leadership, and business. It is also my hope that the study would assist you in effectively managing your federation.”
On her part, the vice president for International Affairs, Dr. T. Joan Robinson expressed warm welcome to the amputee delegation.
“This visit is unique, in that it will provide unparalleled opportunities for Morgan State University administrators and faculty to network and dialogue with each member of the delegation.
“It will also allow both institutions to gain and share insights on issues and the challenges faced in organizational leadership and business operations as we strive to create an environment for our students to become industrious, skilled, and dynamic members of this global society,” Dr. Robinson said.
Meanwhile, the four nation’s amputee football tournament which included the United States, Ghana, Liberia and Haiti in Soccerplex, Maryland has been cancelled due to the inability of two other countries to attend.
On August 11, the amputee delegation will meet with few ranking U.S legislators in Washington D.C.
On August 12, the delegation will also meet at the U.S State Department with key state department officials to provide stories of their challenges and opportunities as well as seeking support for project implementation as it relates to amputees in Liberia.
On August 13, the team will meet with the United States Soccer Foundation.
Mr. Gotteh, president of the Liberia Amputee Federation, upon arrival extended thanks and appreciation to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Legislators for their financial and moral support throughout the process.
In addition, Mr. Gotteh commended Morgan University for inviting the team through their international coordinator and promised to take full advantage of the opportunity.
Members of the delegation include Samuel Eastman, Johnson Kollie, Festus Harrison, Anthony Doe, and Wilson Kpakelah.
Others are David Doe, Alfred Talery, Dennis Parker, Edwin Sambola, Oliver Blegay, Boye Khakie, Patrick Saah, Joseph Kologbay, and John Kerkulah.