The success of the recent county sports meet was hurt by protests and counter protests, procedural errors and poor lighting that alienated at least two counties and resulted in the refusal of Bong County to play against Lofa County for the 3rd place.
In an interview with the Daily Observer last Saturday in Monrovia, Coach Kasumu Sillah of Bong County said it was the first time for a County Meet to suffer multiple problems that he blamed on the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Liberia Football Association.
“How can anyone be happy about the conclusion of the County Meet when Nimba and Bong were unhappy with procedural errors by officials?” Sillah said.
He said Bong County players received some of the worst treatment during the tournament.
“The players slept at a school auditorium in Soul Clinic,” he said. “This affected the team’s moral.” He indicated that promises made to the players were not fulfilled, which gave room for discontentment.
“How can 25 players sleep in one room like what happened to Bong County? And in fact, the food was not that good,” he said.
“With all due respect to everyone, it was the worst County Meet that I can remember.”
Sillah, who played three seasons for Bong County before moving on to the national scene, said the Ministry of Youth & Sports must coordinate properly with the Liberia Football Association to ensure that glaring mistakes in the just ended meet would not be repeated in the future.
He recalled that not too long ago, a County Meet edition was held with professional groups that provided and made available the rules of the games to all counties.
Sillah said rules about players’ eligibility must be made available ahead of the tournament and the LFA must show more than a passing interest to check and weed out its registered players to avoid unnecessary protests.
He said players’ welfare should also claim the attention of county officials so that they are not left frustrated due to poor handling of finances by team officials.