Liberia Football Association president Musa Bility has said that the senior national team – the Lone Star – needs at least US$3.5m to successfully participate in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Bility expressed fears over inadequate funds that might confront the national team if the government fails to help.
He argued that the popular and so-called “no-money syndrome” would scuttle the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
In a press conference on Monday at the football house in Monrovia and in a telephone interview, Bility said the US$250,000 allocated in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget for the team is “insufficient,” and hoped that there would be additional funding from the government.
Bility revealed that FIFA has also provided US$300,000 for preparation, which is also “inadequate,” the money was given in accordance to the protocol of the world football governing body.
“The national team is owned by the country and government – the national team needs support,” Bility said.
He indicated that to assist in the galvanizing of the desirable financial support, former football boss and Speaker of the House of Representative – Montserrado County district # 6 Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr. has been asked to serve as chairman of the Mobilization Committee.
He, however, dismissed media reports that Rep. Snowe didn’t submit financial and administrative reports to the LFA on the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
“Rep. Snowe made available his financial report from the last mobilization campaign to the LFA.”
Though, he didn’t mention the sponsorship of Cellcom and the value per game, but reports say Cellcom GSM provides about US$50,000 to the national team per international game.
According to first round’s draw, Liberia will play a two-leg with Guinea Bissau on the 5th and 13th of October, and then in the second round, meets Ivory Coast, on the 9th and 17th of November.
If the Lone Star wins Ivory Coast, she would move to the third round comprising five groups of four. The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup.