The West Point Monrovia community League sponsored by DonamiSports/YMCA ended last Saturday, with West Point BYC Jr. defeating Jr. Power Plant All Stars 5-1 at the West Point sports pitch.
The match was watched by soccer fans from the community and DonamiSport’s CEO Doc Lawson and his deputy, David Suah.
The tournament was part of a group matches began by DonamiSport/YMCA with support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Football Association to select the best eighteen U14 players for the forthcoming Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup tournament in Dallas this April, in the United States.
The coordinators explained to DonamiSport/YMCA representatives at a brief program at the YMCA on Broad Street, Monrovia about the difficulties they encountered to get the young children to participate in the selection process.
“Some parents told me that they have heard many stories where others come to lie to their children and so they were not interested in the program,” a representative from New Kru Town told the gathering, as each of the community representatives explained their experiences, during the process.
Donamisport CEO Doc Lawson expressed appreciation for the coordinators success despite the challenges and reminded them that their sacrifices were for the children and not for their personal benefits. “In the end it is what becomes of the children is what we are all after,” he said.
His deputy, David Suah said they must consider themselves useful on account of the children, whose future should be their utmost concern, and expressed appreciation to the coordinators for their tireless efforts, since the project was handed to them several months ago.
A YMCA representative reminded the coordinators of the importance of the project and urged them to work together.
The coordinators meanwhile submitted names of seven talented players from nine communities, after several months of intensive selections. The communities included West Point, New Kru Town, Sinkor, Paynesville, Central Monrovia and others.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, the selected players met at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and under the watchful eyes and professional expertise of coaches under LFA Technical Director Henry Browne, divided the 52 U14 players in a group of 9, and took them through some of the phases of the final selection.
Other coaches present were Thomas Kojo, Raymond Morton, Kervin Sebwe, Hazel Gray, J. Kaetu Smith, Janjay Jacobs, Gabriel Johns and German physical trainer Fabius Maeur.