Grand Kru and Rivercess counties have joined eight counties to donate lands to the Liberia Football Association (LFA) for the erection of football academies in the country.
The two southeastern counties donated 25 acres of lands each, the chairman of the LFA sub-committees and associations, Mr. Wallace G Weiah, said.
Grand Kru and Rivercess counties donated the lands last week, but warned against not utilizing the lands to avoid be blamed of being “bribe” to shift project, Mr. Weiah told the Daily Observer over the weekend.
Mr. Weiah said the LFA was not able to acquire the 25 acres of lands from Grand Bassa County owing to “tense political rigmarole” in the county.
He further stated that the LFA’s special technical committee is expected to continue its drive to Northern Liberia to meet with the local authorities of Lofa and Nimba Counties.
LFA president Musa Bility confirmed Mr. Weiah’s statement on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 during his regular monthly interview with the press.
Bility said the recent two counties donations of lands have totaled the lands to 275 acres of lands.
He indicated that besides Bong County, which gave 50 acres of land, the rest donated 25 acres each.
The counties include Grand Gedeh, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Sinoe, Maryland, River Gee, Bong, Grand Kru and Rivercess Counties.
The LFA boss disclosed that the launch of the county’s football academies would be done in Bong and River Gee Counties, hailing Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Commany Wesseh for the effort in securing the lands.
He also confirmed the already made blueprint for the academy for the uniformed football academies which cost is, except for Bong County, estimated at about US$350,000.
“We will raise the money and when the time comes, money will come like water,” Bility said.
Meanwhile, Bility also denied reports of not breaking grounds of the LFA’s headquarters this month.
The LFA’s headquarters is to be named after George M. Weah, along with a bronze statue in Sinkors.