The search for well-grounded Liberians to help develop Liberian football may not have come at a better time, since it is crystal clear that adequate funding is the most basic to its success.
The newly elected LFA vice president for operations, Mr. Cassell Kuoh’s entrance into the football arena is shrouded with a sense of what he can offer Liberian football.
However, it is quite interesting that Mr. Kuoh, Sr., announced his interest to be a force to be reckoned with the introduction and his support to FC Fassell, one of the leading soccer clubs in the current LFA league.
Since the former vice president for operations, Adolf Lawrence had different principles that did not work fairly well with President Musa Bility’s vision and therefore was booted out.
But Mr. Lawrence’s troubles with the administration might have begun the moment he decided to wash the dirty clothes of the Football Association in public, when he granted an interview to a Frontpage Africa reporter late last year.
At that time the idea of ‘fraternity football’ was still alien to football administrators till President Bility received his baptism of fire from CAF.
Bility learned so quickly that his administration’s success would depend on the consistency, only of those officials whose vision was in line with his own, and therefore to avoid internal distractions, he encouraged only those whose ideas were consistent with his own to join his train.
And this was where Cassell Kuoh was needed to do. His willingness to put his resources to move Liberian football forward, evidence of his club, FC Fassell, settled any question of his passion for the game.
Though Bility was presented with a ‘white’ ballot to march on to zion, he found it expedient to campaign for his under-men, including vice president for administration Musa Shannon, who it was evidently clear had lost favor with some electorates.
Bility swiftly countered, and with some ingenuity, managed to get his team back on course.
It can be assumed that Shannon has become aware of his shortcomings and is prepared to make some amends. Few minutes after he came through the door, after his successful re-election was announced, he shook hands with well-wishers in Buchanan, and when he encountered this writer; he shook his hands and said, “We’ll work together.”
Cassell Kuoh has shown he is a partner, for the success of FC Fassell is evidence of his passion to see Liberian football forward, and should the Government of Liberia remain true to its youth Transformation Agenda, through a U$5m towards sports, there can be no argument that some Liberian footballers may find their career in Europe.