“Only a Degree Holder Qualifies for LFA Presidency”

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In an effort to encourage football players, coaches and administrators in the country to seek higher education, the world football governing body, FIFA, has amended the Statutes of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) with a prerequisite of a college degree to be eligible to contest the helm of Liberia’s governing football body. The amendment is expected to be adopted on Saturday, January 25 in an Extraordinary Congress.

According to a reliable source at the LFA, the educational requirement for executive committee members, except the President, is a high school diploma with a certificate from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

 Additional amendments for the presidential and the two vice presidential candidatures include becoming a president of a club for at least three years, while for executive members; one must be a secretary, vice president or president of a club.

Also amongst key amendments to be made are the settings up of several vital committees that would be nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by FIFA’s Congress. Some of the Committees include Election, Appeals, Disciplinary, Ethics and Elections appeals.

Meanwhile, over 400 stakeholders of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) will adopt the newly FIFA Approved statutes, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Saturday, January 25.

It can be recalled, two senior officials of the World governing body FIFA had met with the president of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility and other officials of the LFA to harmonize the Statutes in agreement with FIFA's standardization drive.

Mr. Primo Servgio Corvaro, head of Administration and Ms. Salome Stahli, of the Legal Department had brainstorming exchanges with the LFA officials at the RLJ Resort; they disagreed to agree on the amendments of the LFA Statutes.

A recent communication from the LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah, to Stakeholders reads: ……the extraordinary congress will be held on January 25, 2014 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium beginning at 9am.

According to the communication, the extraordinary congress will discuss the following agenda items: The adoption of the LFA Statutes, which has been approved by FIFA; the endorsement of the nomination of judiciary Bodies and Electoral Committee Members nominated by the Executive Committee, amongst others.

The communication also assured the Stakeholders that upon receipt of the reversed Statutes from the Legal Department of FIFA, copies will be sent to them in 15 days before the Congress.

In a mobile interview with the LFA Chief Scribe yesterday, the revised Statutes are expected to be sent to stakeholders, beginning Monday, the 6th of January.

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