The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association Alphonso Armah has unequivocally reacted to widely publicized media reports over his omission in the Liberian delegation to the FIFA 65th controversial elections in Zurich, Switzerland, saying that his attendance is “nominal” with the inclusion of Montserrado County Senator George Weah and Representative Edwin Snowe.
The chief scribe in a telephone conversation yesterday said he was one of the supporters for the inclusion of the duo on the Liberian delegation.
Armah, in a rather euphoric tone, said though his being there was important the presence of Sen. Weah and Rep. Snowe is more important in the interest of the country.
He added “Though, my being there is important, their being there is far more important.”
Armah also said that he has complete confidence in Mr. Bility and the delegation to report to football stakeholders of what transpired in Zurich.
Secretary General Armah’s explicit clarification stemmed from media reports of his second exclusion to the FIFA Congress, as being chief administrator, custodian and registrar at the LFA.
He said his exclusion from the Liberian delegation to FIFA Congress should not be politicized and has therefore advised against those involved to desist, arguing that the fraternity of football is far above politics.
Armah was also excluded on the delegation for the Brazil FIFA Congress.
The president of the LFA, Musa Bility in a radio talk show on Monday said the inclusion of Sen. Weah and Rep. Snowe was in the interest of Liberian football and according to the LFA statute he (Bility) has the absolute authority to select members of the delegation.
Minister of Youth and Sports Lenn Eugene Nagbe attended the Congress, as an Observer, according to Armah.
Armah said FIFA extended accreditation to Minister Nagbe and was not part of the delegation.
Sen. Weah, a former Liberian international footballer won the FIFA World Best Player in 1995 and the African Best Player three times amongst several awards. He is currently a member of the Football Committee of FIFA, while Rep. Snowe served as president of the LFA and was a member of the Security Committee of CAF.