The SWAL-LFA Blackout Controversy

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The news that the Liberia Football Association has decided to quench fire with fire against a recent decision by the Sports Writers Association of Liberia on its ‘blackout’ on the FA sounds readiness for war.

According to the LFA’s Liberia Football Today newspaper, in the last four years of Mr. Bility’s administration, SWAL had carried out three blackouts, including the latest which culminated from the incident at its Congress on March 22.

Communications Director Henry B. Flomo admitted in a phone call that he has severed his relations with the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, and would live with the consequences.

President Musa Bility, has been quoted, affirming that Security Committee member Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, at the center of the crisis, “remained vigilant in doing his job for the upkeep of the football association.”

“(He) did not do wrong in Buchanan,” President Bility was quoted as saying. I was in Buchanan on the fateful day and director Flomo showed a reasonable cooperation.

At the recent installation of officers of SWAL, re-elected vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, re-elected EC member Maxwell Dee Kemaya, SG B. Aphonso Armah, and many important dignitaries honored SWAL with their presence.

And I can bet my pen that LFA Chief Musa Bility wants the best for SWAL.

I have had an unfavorable experience with Police Commissioner Victor Gboyah, and I know he can be unreasonable, and would threaten physical force. The LFA cannot promise cooperation when a security official shows an amount of disrespect to one of its partners.

The LFA does not need any more distraction. The construction of its headquarters and the technical training center should be supported by all.

And at the same time LFA needs SWAL and SWAL equally needs the LFA and it is therefore important that LFA pays some attention on the performance of Commissioner Gboyah and find a way forward, for without LFA, what will SWAL do, since we now copy stories on European games from the internet.

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