Jonathan Armah Baxter paid a humanitarian visit to ailing former coach and player Sayon Davis at his New Kru Town residence last Saturday in Monrovia.
Baxter, who played for Mighty Barrolle, St. Joseph’s Warriors and finally the National Port Authority (NPA-Anchors) in the 90s, in a brief meeting regretted Davis’ experience and urged him to keep courage.
“I’ve heard of your sickness and I think it is important that we find a way to assist you the best way we can,” Baxter told Davis, whose eyes were filled with tears.
Davis, who suffered stroke almost five years ago, following his return from Nigeria, said he was glad that Mr. Baxter could identify with him, and pleaded with him to encourage others to help get him medical help.
“I want to walk again,” Davis said, “life has not been easy for me but I trust that with help God’s help I can walk again.”
Sayon Davis, one of the first Liberian footballers to play in Spain, expressed gratitude to Armah Baxter for thinking about him.
Presenting needed food items to Davis, in the presence of Davis’ sister (Ms. Doyen Peters), Baxter assured him that he would take his appeal and encourage other successful former players not to forget him in his difficult days.
“I share your sorrow,” Baxter told him, “but take courage because I know there are friends out there that are thinking about you and your experience and may want to help you.”
Ms. Peters commended Mr. Baxter for “thinking” about her brother whose appeal for medical help has not gained the support of the sporting community.
Sayon Davis was part of the 1979 Lone Star group that won the Six Nation Tournament that included Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal.