The secretary general of the Liberia Football Association, B. Alphonso Armah told members of the Center for the Exchange of Intellectual Opinions, CEIO, that it is everyone’s duty to support the development of football in the country.
The tough talking Armah was addressing the members at its regular meeting place yesterday on Carey Street, Monrovia.
The members had raised pertinent issues, particularly what they saw as affecting Liberian football and what the future holds for Liberian footballers.
Armah said while the football association is financially challenged, it had made significant improvement in Liberia’s football development.
“For the first time in the history of football administration,” Armah said, “funds are provided for teams to prepare for their participation in our leagues.”
He also noted that with the sponsorship of Cellcom GSM, red cards and yellow cards infringements, as well as registrations of teams that could raise thousands of dollars for the LFA are waived.
He admitted there have been difficulties but told the gathering to ensure that their criticisms about football events are balanced.
On the current fight against Ebola Virus Disease, he said the LFA decided to suspend all football activities and also provided Ebola preventive educational posters and banners as its contributions.
On the construction of its national headquarters, Armah said it should interest the gathering to notice that plans are underway to erect its first office to help the Liberia Football Association.
He spoke about the FIFA Club License System in which teams must ensure certain amount of cash; both U10-14 and U15-21 youth teams as well as club ownership of football pitches as part of what would be enforced when life returns to normal, after the successful defeat of the Ebola Virus Disease.
He explained to a question about the County Meet that it is organized by the Ministry of Youth & Sports, while the LFA provides technical assistance.
On the renovation at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, he said, beside the current Ebola epidemic and the suspension of football activities a plan is already underway to improve on the stadium.
“The LFA will provide a wide screen television at the ATS when all is said and done and we are able to resume football activities,” Armah said.
He urged members of CEIO to make research; because his doors at the LFA are open to them so that they can be on top of what is happening in Liberian football.