Stating that Liberians must identify with those who are distressed due to illness, the ex-coach of LPRC-Oilers, William Tenesio Tarpeh, yesterday identified with ailing soccer coach Sayon Davis.
At a meeting with the ailing Davis at his New Kru Town residence yesterday, Coach Tarpeh, who is currently visiting Liberia from the United States, appealed to Liberians to show concern for those who are ill and cannot afford to care for themselves.
“I want Liberians to lead in providing medical support to Mr. Sayon since he played for the national soccer team, Lone Star and St. Joseph’s Warriors,” Coach Tarpeh said.
Tarpeh said he is convinced Liberians can come to the rescue of their own and therefore Mr. Davis’ illness and his appeals must be responded to.
“We are talking to friends in the United States to lend a helping hand to be able to find an improved living condition and proper medical care for Coach Davis,” Tarpeh said.
Coach Tarpeh, who is expected to leave for the United States today, said he has also contacted former Liberian soccer players in that country to join in caring for their own.
Responding, Mr. Davis, who a suffered stroke in 2000, said he was grateful to God that his friends had not forgotten him in his time of distress and commended them for their encouragement.
“With your support I know one day I will get on my feet,” he told Coach Tarpeh. “Tell my friends I appreciate their remembrance and may God bless them in the United States.”
Mr. Sam Lamin, a sportswriter who recently returned from Boston, Massachusetts in the United States, told Coach Davis to maintain his hope, that with God everything is possible.
Lamin said a tragic experience like what Davis is going through brings about depression; and without help, it makes recovery difficult, but noted that he was impressed with Davis’ positive outlook that with support his recovery would be rapid.
Both Tarpeh and Lamin encouraged Master Sayon Davis Jr., the ailing coach’s young son, to focus on his father’s recovery, as friends both at home and abroad assist with his upkeep.
Sayon Davis was a member of the 1979 Lone Star group that won a major 6-nation football tournament in Liberia, during the administration of the late President William R. Tolbert.