Liberia’s oldest old-timers football association, Alpha, said it is worried on the potential disunity in the club due to the rift between two of its versatile members Ambassador George M. Weah and George Solo.
The Alpha Oldtimers’ position stemmed from the recent endorsement by CDC standard bearer George Weah who endorsed then party chairman George Solo’s two years suspension.
There has been controversy over the suspension and Alpha feared it might hamper the cordial relationship of the organization.
Alpah Oldtimers Sports Association secretary general J. Bryant Mcgill said in a social network, facebook page that the rift between the two men might alter the club’s usual camaraderie with members and officials.
He called on Amb. George M. Weah and George Solo, both advisors as well as players, not to permit politics to fracture their relationship but rather continue to embrace each other.
The Alpha chief scribe urged them to wake up to the realities of brotherliness and consider the shared bonds of their acquaintance.
“Politics is a catalyst that influences needless conflicts among— leaders and political party ideologues on… religions, ethnicity, culture, values and social connections,” Mr. Mcgill wrote.
He added: “As such, amid the current political divergence in the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) between Advisor Solo and the Party’s Executive Committee, this is one time, Advisor George Weah and George Solo should write-off their pride and realize that their membership with AOSA is critical, and should not allow the ongoing situation to derail their affiliation with the association.”
Mr. Weah joined AOSA about 10 years ago and in 2011 he encouraged Mr. Solo to also join, according to secretary general Mcgill.
Both men played together and they last played for ‘LEGEND’ in the G. Andy Quamie Special Tournament on July 26, 2014, winning the trophy in a lottery shot, 4-3, against the Red Dragons.
Mr. Mcgill meanwhile appealed to the AOSA’s Advisory Board, headed by Cllr. T.C. Gould as well as Alpha leadership headed by Prof. Sunny Nyemah to convene an emergency meeting to address the situation.
Mcgill revealed that all has been finalized to name the Alpha (Zubah Town and/or George Weah) Sports Stadium, in memory of the late Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., as well as retiring his number 9 jersey.
The late Willis D. Knuckles was a founding member of the Alpha Old-timers Sports Association in 1970. He served several times as its General Captain and President.