Player’s Death Disrupts Tournament in Bassa


The death of a footballer identified as Lawrence Blaye alias Karteh has ended the Johnson Gbor Tournament in Grand Bassa County.

The incident took place last Sunday during the second match at the football pitch, in Gbonyee Tour Town, in District # 4.

The chairman of the Movement For Change, Helter Wragboe told the Daily Observer that during the first half of the match between Kpowein Clan FC and Sehkehpol Clan FC, the late Blaye received a volley pass and connected with a team-mate, he suddenly collapsed.

Mr. Wragboe revealed that when they all rushed to rescue him he was unconscious, until a health pracetioner in the area examined him and discovered that he was dead.

He said after the discovery they took the body to a funeral home in Buchanan.

Mr. Wragboe revealed that the deceased was once allegedly attacked by a leopard and they fought before he stabbed the leopard before it escaped into the bush, near Sehkehpol in Kpowein Clan in the district.

The Late Blaye got sick for almost a year, and later was healed by a herbalist, he added, “The people of Sehkepol, a clan located near the beach of the Atlantic Ocean in the district advised him to leave the area and so Blaye later traveled to Monrovia.”

He mentioned that when the tournament started in February this year, being a skipper, his friends sent for him to be featured on the Sehkehpol Clan FC and he agreed and came to the clan again.

The late Blaye, a former player of Alpro FC a 3rd Division Team was laid to rest, but before then the people of Kpowein Clan demanded his burial in their clan from where his father hailed. He said Clan insisted they wanted his remains to be buried in his mother’s town in Sehkehpol Clan.

Finally the Kpowein people, he said forcefully and angrily took the body from the Sehkehpol Clan people and buried the remains in Kpowein Clan. 

On the tournament itself, the organizers, Movement For Change, which gears towards uniting the people featured six clans in District # 4, including Newcess, Joegbarn, Little Kollah , Grand Kollah , Sehkehpol and Kpowein.

It is in honor of Attorney Johnson Y. Gbor, a son of the district, who is again eying the representative position in Electoral District # 5 come 2017.

According to its chairman  Helter Wragboe  the winner was expected to receive a giant side trophy, $10,000 LD, one set of Jersey, and one football, while the runners –up is entitled to $ 3,000 LD, one set of jersey and one football and the rest of the participating teams would receive one football each.

During the formal opening, Attorney Gbor expressed his optimism about his choice for the tournament to be named in his honor.


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