By Alvin Worzi and William Q. Harmon
Made in London and delivered in Liberia—that was how the dream of thousands of local supporters and fans of the London based club, Arsenal Football Club, finally came to fruition over the weekend as they received an official Arsenal-Liberia fan Club banner in Monrovia.
The banner, made in London, was brought into the country by an official of one of the legendary club’s many partners, Trevor Cockings of HIS CHURCH, which collaborates with Arsenal to provide logistics to underprivileged children. With the acquisition of the banner, which was officially unveiled at the Fan Club’s headquarters in Monrovia, the fans are now recognized as fans of the club.
Mr. Cockings said the initiative is meant to make fans in Liberia feel a part of the club in spite of the long distance. “I’m happy to be in Liberia today at such a great occasion. We all are proud to be supporters of our great club and I see the enthusiasm in all of us here that we hold Arsenal dearly to our hearts,” he said.
Speaking to reporters over the weekend at the unveiling program held on Broad and Johnson Streets in Monrovia, Ian Yhap, president of the Arsenal Liberia Fans club, said Saturday’s gathering was intended to officially present the London club’s banner to fans in Liberia.
He said the occasion also signified that Liberian fans are now legitimate supporters of the London based club. The banner, which was presented and unveiled by Rev. Trevor Cockings, was celebrated by the fans.
“I wrote Arsenal about five to six years ago, asking the authority to establish Arsenal Fan Club in Liberia; and they first replied that they were not interested, but I kept pressing. And after a couple of years, they finally agreed and sent me the rules and procedure for it,” he said.
Since establishing the club, he said many people have expressed interest to join and make their membership official to ensure that this club is successful.
“Recently we were in London and one of the things discussed was the issue of electricity and energy, because it has always been on the agenda that we will support schools, educational activities and sporting activities as well,” he added.
Yhap said that many people have started signing up for membership and that Arsenal Liberia Fan Club will begin full registration on June 1, 2017. “As you may be aware, Arsenal has the most committed fans and largest in terms of supporters,” he added.