Youth & Sports Minister Saah Charles N’Tow met with ex-national footballers promising to seek their advice and that of other stakeholders as often as possible for the improvement of sports in Liberia.
Minister N’Tow held a one-hour acquaintance meeting with former players of the Lone Star Senior Football Team on Thursday, March 3, at the head office of his ministry in Monrovia.
Beyond soliciting views to boost efforts by the Liberian government to ensure Liberia’s qualification in the 2015/2016 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Tournament and improve football in particular, N’Tow assured the former players that he would endeavor to build on the good foundation of his predecessors to deliver the desired results, punctuating his remarks with his catchphrase “I will finish strong.”
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, veteran player and one-time national team coach Josiah N. Johnson (JNJ) decried what he called Liberia’s meager yearly budgetary appropriation for sports, saying the country would not achieve much in sports unless needed funding was made available.
JNJ called for the setting up of a national veteran bureau for sports to address the welfare of former national footballers and other sports players, whom he said were in need of financial assistance.
He vowed to support Min. N’Tow’s strides to uplift sports in the country. Janjay Jacobs, another former player at the gathering, spoke of the need for the Minister to explore the possibility of providing ex-players with life skills training.