The consistency in cleaning the beaches in the New Kru Town area has made it possible for its hosting, for the first time, of a beach soccer tournament by the Liberia Football Association.
This weekend, the second edition of the LFA Guinness Beach Soccer Tournament will be held at the New Kru Town Lagoon Beach. The first tournament was held in the Township of West Point’s Serie A sports pitch, with PHP winning the two-day tournament.
The tournament, according to the Liberia Football Association (LFA), is part of its preparation for the winning side to represent Liberia in the forthcoming beach soccer tournament to be held in Nigeria later this year.
This weekend’s tournament will run from May 28 to 29. Four teams will participate, including the original three that played the inaugural game in West Point, along with a team from New Kru Town.
The teams are PHP, West Point, Ambassadors and New Kru Town. Buzzi Quarters, which took part in the inaugural tournament, is not part of the second tournament.
So, what should soccer fans expect from the two days? The LFA said the tournament is being played on a knockout basis, with the winners advancing to the finals on the second day.
The Beaches & Waterways Project, embarked on by the Liberian government, has ensured that beaches in New Kru and West Point, among others, are cleaned regularly to enable those who want to visit the beaches to do so with their families.
The Beaches & Waterways Project under George A. Young that operates in Monrovia communities is a Liberian government sponsored project that provides income for residents of slum communities to clean the beaches.
Mr. Young told the Daily Observer that for the Liberia Football Association to deem it wise to begin its beach soccer tournament on beaches managed by his group demonstrates the success of the project.
“As workers of the Beaches and Waterways Project we are glad that our work is bearing fruit; and now, a national association can host such an important tournament on our beaches,” he said.
He called on the President of the LFA, Mr. Musa Bility, through Mr. Musa Shannon, who is responsible for the tournament, to identify with the workers who are committed to ensure that “our beaches remain safe and clean for all Liberians to enjoy.”