If Liberia is to succeed in its sports development, then the Liberian government must allocate USD5 million in the national budget to the Liberia Football Association.
This statement was made by Mr. Dee Maxwell Keyamah, president of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) in a keynote address at the installation of officers of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL.
Mr. Kemayah said last Friday that such a support will not only promote football, but will ensure support to football clubs as well as the ably representation of the national team, Lone Star.
“When it comes to football, there is no border, especially in relations to the national team, Lone Star,” Kemayah said.
He said his appeal also goes to the Ministries of Sports and Finance and the National Legislature.
Kemayah said such budgetary initiative to the LFA will further strengthen Liberia’s much needed peace and reconciliation agenda.
He said sports is an effective national strategy for peaceful co-existence and contributes to economic growth, through job creation.
The LIBA boss said most football clubs are built on individual which does not guarantee their long term sustainability.
“The business aspect of sports should be seriously taken into consideration,” he said.
Kemayah said SWAL’s role is crucial, stressing, “you have the responsibility to spot talents and promote them throughout the country.”
He said there are talented basketballers, volleyballers, tennis players among other sports are yet to be identified and promoted to benefit Liberia.
“By exposing them it will lead to fulfill their dream of becoming professional players,” Kemayah said.
He also pleaded to the government to increase financial allocations to the various sporting disciplines, including basketball, volleyball, table tennis, lawn tennis and boxing.