The special sports tournament in honor of Uncle Doc (Doc Lawson), president of US based not for profit organization, Donamisport, which is being held in collaboration with the Liberia YMCA at Dosa field got underway last Friday to a good start.
The games are being held for U-11 and U-14 in football; and kickball for girls. In the opening matches in the U-14 category on Friday, Africa 54 defeated Bible Way FC 5-3; Power from God FC won 5-4 over Glory FC; and West Point Barca defeated Jr. Swansea 5-3.
Dosa field is located on a beach; and like beach football, the kids played barefooted.
Performing the kick-off for the games, Uncle Doc, the retired USA Major League Soccer player and Olympian, urged the kids to enjoy the fun of playing the game. Players of the two teams (Africa 54 and Bible Way FC) were informed about Doc Lawson’s determination to help them enjoy playing sports.
“He is the man behind the games you are playing today,” Josiah, the head of the organizing committee, told the children, as they cheered Doc Lawson. “So play and enjoy the game.”
In the U-11 category on Saturday, Spartan FC lost 0-2 to Jr. Africa 54; Young Star lost 3-4 to Tabella FC on penalties; Jr. Battle Field lost 0-2 to Real Madrid; Super Eagle defeated Shoes FC 3-1; and Tito FC defeated Michu FC 3-1.
In the U-14 category on Saturday, Real Tax FC beat Kanu FC 2-0 and Jr. Nimba United defeated Milo FC 2-0.
In the last group for the U-11, Jr. Africa 54 and Tabella’s encounter was rescheduled, and Real Madrid defeated Tito FC 2-1. The final in the U-11 group is between the winner of the Jr. Africa 54 vs. Tabella match and Real Madrid next weekend.
The final games in the U-14 tournament, to be held on June 19 at the same venue, are as follow:
Africa 54 will take on Power from God in the first game and in the second game West Point Barca will clash with Real Tax, winner 4.
The kickball games, scheduled for June 25, are as follow: Faith vs. BYC 111, and in the second game Determine will take on Success. Winners from both encounters will meet in the finals, according to the organizers.