-Scores Sweet Victory over Monrovia Football Academy
A young Liberian Jo Rabester Yengbe Jr., last Monday officially inaugurated his sports academy in an elaborate program at its SOS premises in Matadi. The colorful program brought together several teams in and around Monrovia in a charity fundraising football jamboree.
According to Mr. Yengbe, the vision of the Heart of Champions Sports Academy is to present to the world special talents with moral values and leadership qualities to please God. The religiously savvy Yengbe, who is an avid sports lover, said the academy’s mission is to create an institution of brands and leaders, where children’s lives will be transformed through sports, teachings of moral values, and training to defeat the challenges in society and the vulnerabilities it presents.
Mr. Yengbe, who has big hope for the lads at the academy, said he is satisfied with the level of passion the young people are dedicating to not only the sports aspect of the academy but the learning as well.
“We hope to generate funds in the future that will enable us to provide lifelong learning and training for these young people in many disciplines,” Yengbe said.
The coach of the sports academy Timothy Jeffrey said the parents of the children have embraced the idea and are part of it. “They encourage their children and are always at our practice and reading sessions to give their children the moral support,” he said.
He said his dream is to make Heart of Champions an elite academy to provide football and education. “Our dream is to be the best academy in football and education,” Jeffrey said.
The captain of the academy, Boakai Javombo said he is happy at the academy. “We have a lot of fun with our friends.” He said his dream is to be a well-educated footballer. The lad didn’t look across the Atlantic for his role model.
“My dream is to be a great footballer and leader like George Weah,” he said beaming with smiles. He lauded his parents and the academy’s founder for the work they are doing for them. “I am grateful to my parents and Jo and our coach for training us,” said Javombo.
The academy, which brings together children of both genders under the age of 18, scored their first success when they defeated the famed Monrovia Football Academy 1-0 in the 80th minute through Jefferson Lamouth.
Other matches in the charity fundraising jamboree saw Dress Man Fashion humbled by Runners Association 2-3, GT Banks were spanked 3-0 by Monrovia All-Stars while A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine defeated Monrovia Christian Church 5-0.