The Chief Scribe of the 53-member Secretariat of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the President of the Liberia Football Referees Association (LIFRA) have both confirmed arrears of salaries and match indemnities.
The LFA’s Secretary General Alphonso Armah has admitted that the football house owes it staffers for three months as of Wednesday, April 30, 2014; while LIFRA President, Atty. Joseph Kollie has announced that the LFA is indebted to the referees for over US$10,000.
Mr. Armah, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, failed to state whether the outstanding in the employees’ salaries was due to technical or administrative reasons, but said the staffers would be paid this week.
“I don’t know why the press is blowing this thing out of proportion, but let me say this, they will be paid this week – I mean they will get their salaries this week,” Mr. Armah said.
For his part, the Liberia’s referee boss, in a poignant tone said the LFA owed them about little over US$10,000 because after the April 14 inauguration, they received some of their outstanding receivables.
“We are hopeful before the start of the National Play-off of the 3rd division teams, the LFA would clear us off,” Atty. Kollie said.
Though he refused to state whether the referees would lay down their wrestles, reports gathered have said that discontentment is fast setting in and there is growing disgruntlement among the referees, something soccer administrators presage could spell embarrassment for the National Playoff.
However, football pundits have argued that the apparent sluggishness in the payment of salaries of LFA employees and matches indemnities for referees are cruelty in that FIFA provides an annual Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) to every member country.
The FIFA’s FAP is designed to support its member associations and the confederations to improve their administrative and technical capabilities.
According to the FIFA’s FAP, Liberia receives US$250,000 every year including bonuses, if FIFA deems it necessary.
Unconfirmed reports say Liberia has received approximately US$500,000 for bonuses between 2010 and 2012 excluding the annual US$250,000.
“The annual amount of funds available as financial support for all member associations and confederations under the FAP (“FAP funds”) is determined in FIFA’s annual budget (except for FAP bonus payments), which is ratified by the FIFA Congress and communicated to the member associations and confederations by the FIFA general secretariat,” Chapter 4 of the FIFA FAP’s regulations stated.
Besides the FIFA’s FAP, the LFA also receives US$165,000 every year from Cellcom GSM, for sponsorship for the National League, which is known as the Cellcom LFA National League.