LFA president Musa Bility has said that he has no regret following the confirmation by the Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS) confirmed his earlier rejection by the FIFA Ad-Hoc Elections Committee.
At the end of year press conference at the offices of the Liberia Football Association in Monrovia last Saturday, Bility said despite his rejection, he is satisfied that FIFA has finally decided to remove the portion that dealt with ‘checking integrity’ for FIFA presidential candidates from the updated FIFA Statues.
“The law used to disqualify me is scrapped from the new FIFA statues,” Bility said triumphantly, “though I am denied to contest the election, my advocacy has paid off.”
He said it was a law used to abuse power and with its removal, “It gives me solace that FIFA finally recognized that it should not be there at all.”
Bility said he is ever determined to advocate for things that will bring improvement in the global football.
“The Executive Committee of the LFA will deliberate and come up with what can help the improvement of the game,” he said. “It has to do with term limit for officials.”
He re-echoed an earlier statement that history of the world is replete with grander tales of personal sacrifices, including ‘punishments’ in the advocacy of change.
In the wake of that, Bility answered to a question that the result of his denial and the eventual change that has come to FIFA gives him a great deal of hope. He refuted a suggestion that he might have been denied due to being an African.
He called on Liberians not to be deterred with his experience and must venture into leadership in global organizations to show their worth.
Bility commended the Liberian government for its support in the last soccer year.
“I also want to thank the players, Coach James Debbah, deputy Kelvin Sebwe and the rest of the technical team for exhibiting a greater amount of leadership that added to the modest gain of the national team,” he said.
He stated that the 2016 national soccer league will begin on 23 January and noted that the Club Licensing System, embarked on by the LFA is a serious venture to improve the game.
He explained that at least three teams, NPA, IE and Monrovia Breweries could not qualify by the standard of the Club Licensing System and as a result they were dropped from participating in the forthcoming league, “and once they meet the requirement in the future they may participate in the league.”
Bility said club owners must demonstrate their seriousness to follow rules and statutes to improve the game and his administration will not allow those who are not prepared to disrupt the progress of the league.
“Twenty years ago,” he said, “there were no clubs like LISCR, BYC, Fassell and Nimba United but today they are some of the leading clubs in the country.”
He said lack of organization and support has dissolved teams like Great Bame, Fulani, and Black Star. “These were among some of the best clubs twenty years ago and where are they now?”
He said the Club Licensing System predates his administration and therefore to improve the game means clubs that are not prepared to follow LFA statues must give way to those who are able.
Emmanuel Deah (SG)
He regretted the untimely death of former Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah and said acting Secretary General Mr. Emmanuel Deah has done tremendously well that his name is being proposed to the Executive Committee of the LFA to get confirmation for the position.
“This is to cherish the memory of the late Armah by continuing to do what is necessary for the improvement of the game,” he said.
New Technical Center
Bility announced that the LFA is planning a tour of its new Technical Center after an 8-week turf is laid with sports journalists.
“This center will afford the national team uninterrupted training and we look forward to much bigger competitions for the national team,” he said.