Liberia’s football chief Musa Bility has disclosed that Red Lions FC has been placed under new management owing to the management’s decision not to continue its campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup.
He told newsmen last Tuesday that the football house has made the decision in consultation with the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
Mr. Bility said after reviewing the impact and fine on the country because of Red Lions late financial constraint that could lead to a withdrawal, the LFA has placed the team under its management, while Ministry of Youths and Sports has promised to lobby for funds to ensure the team’s participation in the second round-leg.
Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Lenn Nagbe indicated his fullest support to Red Lions and FC BYC which is in compliance to an order given by the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
He clarified that the support to the teams will come from sponsorship by business institutions and others.
Minister Nagbe said the Red Lions FC and C.S Constantinois’ game will come on as scheduled on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium at 4:00pm.
“We will ensure that the game is played on Friday to save the image of the country, as we learnt the Algerian team will be in the country this week…we will meet the team at the airport, accommodate them and will give our players their per diem,” Minister Nagbe said.
Meanwhile, eighty percent (80%) of Fatu FC, which is now called Red Lions FC, was purchased on November 8, 2013 for US$10,000.00.
Former President Ansu Dorleh said he regrets the decision of the LFA to place Red Lions under its management, but said negotiation is ongoing with Rockson Colloe, President/CEO of Red Lions-Liberia to find a common ground.