-Because of Tournament’s Poor Organization
Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris has expressed his frustration over the disorganization of the ongoing District League of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
The Montserrado County lawmaker threatened to pull out his district team if the LFA does not improve the league. Rep. Morris made the assertions on Thursday, November 22, in his Capitol Building office. District #1 is one of the tournament’s favorites after a convincing win over District #9 on Friday.
He said the failure of the Organizing Committee to meet with the appropriate authorities including the District Representative prior to the kick off of the LFA District League, as well as the failure to provide the necessary logistics, including participating fees and transportation, are causing embarrassments.
The District League is organized by the LFA and includes men’s and women’s football. Rep. Morris, the House chairman on Liberia Resettlement, Repatriation, Relief & Readjustment, as well as co-chairman on Good Governance, said the District League is causing unnecessary financial burden because of the upsetting tournament.
Rep. Morris told journalists that the LFA was only able to provide two sets of jerseys, and marked one of the sets and two pieces of football.
He noted that lawmakers amid other demands from their constituents are compelled to provide thousands of Liberian dollars to the teams for practices, transportation, and other contingencies.
He argued that if District Representatives were involved in the planning, despite the tournament’s failure to provide logistics, they would have been prepared to better support their respective teams.
He said among lawmakers from the Montserrado County, he was one of those who fulfilled his promise of giving the County Meet football champions US$1,000, because it was planned.
However, sports journalist Mr. T. Kla Wesley of the LFA confirmed to the distribution of the two sets of jerseys and footballs and admitted the LFA’s failure to provide transportation. However, he could not say whether the tournament’s organizers and the district authorities reached any conclusions before the tournament started on November 16.