The October-November edition of THE IMAGES magazine of photo-journalist Sando Moore has named at least two former female footballers and a current member of the Liberia Football Association Executive Committee among 71 prominent Liberian women selected by the Ministry of Gender and Development.
While President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf topped the selection, the two former players and the LFA executive committee member are Mrs. Kaddieyatu Asha Darrah-Findley, Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and LFA Executive member D. Sheba Brown.
The magazine reviewed extensively the three women’s professional careers, as well as their contributions to Liberia, and significantly to sports.
On Mrs. Findley, THE IMAGE magazine said, “She is a lover of sports. In that direction… (she) has over the years contributed immensely to sporting program and activities in the country.”
It added: “For a protracted period, she served with admiration as president of Invincible Eleven Sports Association.”
What it did not say, is the fact that Mrs. Findley played for the former Sinkor Lioness football club. She was in the squad that memorably defeated Barrolle female side 4-0 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa in one their last matches before hell broke loose on Liberia.
Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff of Montserrado County was a team-mate of Mrs. Findley. She was striker and goal-getter for Sinkor Lioness. Following her brother, Ezekiel Doe of St. Joseph’s Warriors and later Invincible Eleven, who was known as Zico, Senator Doe-Sheriff earned the accolade Lady Zico. And for a time Liberian female soccer was under her shoulders.
Lady Zico led Sinkor Lioness to victories over Executive Lioness, Tony Sisters, Pointer Sisters and Chico Sisters.
The Image magazine quotes the former Lady Zico, as saying, her recognition was because Liberian women have stood the test of time in developmental issues in the country.
The third in line is Madam D. Sheba Brown, director of administration at the Central Bank of Liberia. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Liberia Football Association.
Madam Brown was appointed member of the national task force on sports in 2001. She also served as the chairperson of the Board of Directors of Invincible Eleven from 1994-1999 and she is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the LFA.
The Ministry of Gender and Development chose President Sirleaf and these three former soccer players, among the 71, for their inspiring roles, as the country empowers the female population to ensure equality in all aspects of life in Liberia.