Ex Mighty Barrolle goal-getter Jonathan Armah Baxter has been commended for his initiative and consistent recommendation for APM Terminals’ Terminators recent trip to Grand Bassa County.
Speaking at the end of the two-day visit yesterday in Buchanan, Mr. Karl Gnonlonfin, head of Health Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) at APM Terminals, who accompanied the team told the players of the former striker’s invaluable contributions towards the team’s successful trip.
“I think if anyone deserves credit that person is Baxter,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as players cheered, minutes before they boarded their vehicles to return to Monrovia yesterday.
He told the players that APM Terminals believes in quality of its name.
“We want to develop a team so that whenever we meet our opponents in a match we can win without question,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as the players cheered him.
He told the players that losing 2-1 to LAC Defenders last Sunday in a friendly match celebrating Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, in the wake of their short preparation and long ride from Monrovia, is an indication that the team could do better in the future.
“Work with Mr. Baxter,” he urged them, “so that all of you can develop a better team that can represent us in the future.” He said he observed a good number of players on the team who must work together cohesively.
“You have players but not a team,” he said. “You must work together and develop a team.”
He told them to provide support to the initiatives of Mr. Baxter and develop corps of officers to run the affairs of the sports association.
“I will give you my push,” he told them, “if you organize yourself and support each other with a great deal of discipline.” He said soccer has passion that makes people spend huge sum of money to either watch it or to support it.
Mr. Gnonlonfin, who played football in high school but only played during his first year in college, said soccer’s ability to bring people together to support a common cause is overwhelming.
“I saw on the field how people were cheering for either of the teams and this was good,” he said, promising that December will see another outing for the team. It is the team’s second outing; the first was a trip to Bomi County.
Jonathan Armah Baxter played in the 1980s for several clubs, including St. Joseph’s Warriors, NPA and Mighty Barrolle. He has a wealth of experience in coaching and team management. The team is coached by ex NPA star George Paintsil.