Liberia’s football idol, George M. Weah, has disagreed with football Chief Musa Bility's decision to deny young Liberians a chance to participate in the National County Sports Meet if they are not in school.
The 1995 FIFA World Player and Africa’s Football Legend told journalists that Bility should compel the National Government to make education totally free to enable skilled footballers whose parents or guardians cannot afford to send them to school, instead of denying them the chance to showcase their talents. Weah said it is globally good to encourage people to go to school ;but they should not be stopped playing football because through their talents they can be scouted for scholarships to pursue their education.
He added: “What Mr. Bility needs is to go back to the drawing board and call on the government to make education free for kids whose parents don’t have; but should not deny them to play football.”
Weah’s advocate stemmed from Bility’s recommendation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to restrict the National County Meet to U-17 players who are in school.
Mr. Bility expressed his confidence in the Ministry of Youth and Sports to organize the Annual Sports Meet, urged for the introduction of ‘Women Football’ to encourage gender equality.
Football pundits believe Amb. Weah’s anti-support to Bility is because of his poverty-stricken but humble background where he superbly played football to get access to scholarships to the Muslim Congress and Well Hairston High Schools.
His destitution was dramatically turned around when he played professional football. He is now regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time.
Nonetheless, Ambassador Weah expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Musa Bility’s leadership for naming a technical center as well as its headquarters in his honor.