Will the LFA National League Kickoff March 15?

first_imgOn Sunday, July 27, 2014, the Liberia Football Association suspended all football activities in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in support of government’s initiative.Five months later, with the help of international communities, foreign countries as well as the government and people of Liberia, Ebola infections have radically reduced, which of course encouraged CAF to lift football activities in February.The LFA has therefore announced the execution of CAF Licensing Club System and kickoff of the 2015 National League, on Sunday, March 15.Secretary General Alphonso Armah repeatedly and categorically stressed that the LFA League would officially kick-off as scheduled, at designated football fields in and out of Monrovia.Mr. Armah told the Daily Observer yesterday in an exclusive interview that clubs who have responded to the CAF Club Licensing System will be notified prior to the commencement of the national league and subsequently be included in the fixture.“In accordance to CAF Club Licensing System, we have informed all club officials that in order to have a youth team, they must have in place football development program, office space, a training ground, a general manager, secretarial structure and a financial structure that will prove to the FA that indeed they are ready to manage a football team amongst,” said Armah.The LFA official re-emphasized that failure on the part of any team to meet these requirements; the team would be relegated for the LFA to avoid facing serious punishment from the world football governing body FIFA.“The LFA is urging club officials to meet these requirements for the improvement of the game and for us to be in line with FIFA standard, so it should be the obligation of every club official to work along with us,” he said and paid tribute to club officials that continue to work in line with the LFA.SponsorshipFirst division clubs LISCR FC and FC BYC are calling for the LFA to step-up its Marketing Committee to encourage business entities to support football clubs amidst the hardship, owing to the Ebola virus, which has affected the economy.Mustapha Raji and Sekou Konneh argued that there are three cream of officials at the LFA that would be of greater good to the clubs; they include Dee Maxwell Kamanyan (President, Liberia Business Association), Ciatta Bishop (Executive Director, National Bureau of Concession) and D. Sheba Brown (a senior officer at the Central Bank of Liberia.)They duo are also arguing that the LFA can also be a help to the clubs by slicing some of the FIFA World Cup bonus to member countries, in the amount of about US$1m.Further, they said, their portion from the FIFA Financial Assistant Program (FAP) of about US$750,000.00 could also be given to the clubs as preparation fees amidst these tough times.But, Chief Scribe Armah clarified that the funds are intended to construct the headquarters of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), of which a land has already been purchased.Armah said the LFA’s Executive Committee is taken aback because the stakeholders were officially informed at the recent congress on the erection of the LFA’s house, which would be named in honor of Senator George M. Weah.No FixtureInterestingly, with 12 days to the kick-off of the National Football League, there isn’t any fixture up to now, to light the hope of club managers and players as well as fans.The LFA chief scribe said, the fixture would be concluded this week, but reports say the winding-up of the fixture depend on ‘majority registration’ of clubs in the league.Preparation of FieldsThe only largest football field, managed by LFA — the Antoinette Tubman Stadium is yet still under renovation.Technicians say the field is about 60% completed and they need at least three weeks to reach 70% to be usable for football games.The seat around the field and the wire fence, including bathrooms, players’ and referees’ dressing rooms need serious fixing.This means, if the LFA forces the kick-off, most of the 1st division games would be played either at low-level pitches such as Blue Field, D. Twe,  Tusafield and the Nancy Doe Sports Stadium in Kakata.CongressReports gathered say some clubs are pushing for the holding of congress before the tournament to be knowledgeable about administrative and financial activities in 2014, before the next 2015 budget.According to the LFA’s statute, congress is usually held every March and it is the highest making body of the LFA. Last year’s congress was postponed owing to administrative reasons and was finally postponed owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Deferment of CAF’s Club Licensing SystemThe clubs, amongst issues are pushing for the postponement of the CAF Club Licensing system amidst the collapsed of the economy because of the Ebola Virus, and believed that CAF would reasonably understand.The clubs indicated that at least by 2016 with the recovery of the economy, they could be compelled to adhere to the CAF regulations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “6 Days until the Orange Line opens” (Oct. 23): “If you build it, they will come” looks good on a cocktail napkin, but doesn’t translate. Most people I’ve talked to are very skeptical of the bus to nowhere. They believe the lack of safety precautions (crossing arms), the control of intersections by bus drivers, fear of being stranded, and inadequate parking will keep motorists in their cars. Residents are already selecting alternate routes, avoiding Victory Boulevard; they don’t want traffic collisions to make them even later to work or appointments. They also don’t want to have to wait for law enforcement to arrive from Lost Hills or Santa Clarita in the event of a problem. If the project is so wonderful, why are there daily articles or warnings. Ellen Bagelman President Lake Balboa Neighborhood Association Running red lights Re “Close call on Orange Line” (Oct. 25): We’re so accustomed to seeing and running red lights, that it’s not enough to get our attention. If there was a small white strobe light along with the red light for the bus crossing, that would definitely alert cars to the approaching bus. Gary Mond Valley Glen Irresponsible Re “Dry runs raise busway fears” (Oct 21): Tarzana resident Claire Tucci attempts to excuse irresponsible motorists for any potential accidents they may cause on the Orange Line busway (the elderly, teenagers, cell-phone talkers) as if age and personal conversation are valid excuses for breaking the law. Can’t see signs, can’t see traffic lights? Gee, maybe these people ought to stay off the road altogether. Lisa Katz Tarzana Busway taggers I’ve reading all about the new Orange Line busway in your paper, and how so many believe it will bring much new promise to the Valley both economically and environmentally. But there’s one aspect that hasn’t been written about – taggers. Although all the local politicos have been “on” the busway, how many of them have been just outside those MTA parking lots? Those fresh new walls that’ve been built by the Sepulveda Station, tagged by graffiti. I fear this is only the beginning … because if the MTA doesn’t nip this in the bud, it will only get worse. Roderic Kavanagh Van Nuys Disinformation Re “Washington braces for leak indictments” (Oct. 24): So the administration’s plan is simply to smear the special prosecutor rather than to dismiss Rove or Libby? I once prayed for a Republican monopoly in Washington, but this Bush cabal is a culture of corruption – more a corporate disinformation campaign than a government. Add the CIA leak to the legal tangles of Frist and DeLay, and the political appointee Michael Brown who couldn’t be disturbed at dinner while people screamed for help on their roofs, and you have a Republican Party that Lincoln wouldn’t recognize. Marshall Abernathy Woodland Hills Not World War II Re “Lost WWII airman to come home” (Oct. 22): Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. James D. Cartwright disappeared on the eve of World War II, June 8, 1941. World War II began September 1939. Many tens of thousands of people had already died in Europe by the time isolationist America was dragged into the war by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Condolences to his family and with all due respect to the memory of Staff Sgt. Cartwright, he did not serve during WWII and with all good conscience cannot be termed a WWII airman. Harold Harris Woodland Hills Adult stem cells Re “Stem cell gift from overseas” (Oct. 24): I think the title of this article is misleading. At first glance, one would think it was a story about how a local man had to go to a foreign country to get access to stem cells. I assume that this case involved adult stem cells, since the “donor agreed to give peripheral blood stem cells to the young man… .” It is important to emphasize where the stem cells came from, because there is no ethical controversy over the use of adult stem cells, since these donations do not involve taking life from an unborn child. Also, most if not all of the medical miracles from stem cell transplants to date have been from adult stem cells. Loretta Reust Newhall American prisons Re “Heinous criminal” (Your Opinions, Oct. 4): Kathryn Durfee feels Lynndie England should be put to death for mistreating Iraqi prisoners. One wonders if she feels the same way about American prisoners in American prisons. Does she feel any pity for them because they are not allowed cigarettes anymore. In some prisons not only smokes, but magazines and radios are banned. But who cares, right? Most are blacks and Latinos. But please don’t harm Arabs under military custody. All the kind, good-hearted, God-loving Americans will cry brutality. Get it right, Americans: Write to your senators. Eloy L. Mendoza Pacoima Evolution Re “Personal thing” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): I was surprised to see my Oct. 13 letter in favor of Proposition 75 evolve into a letter claiming that President Bush started the war in Iraq as a personal thing. No, it was not a personal thing. A joint session of the 107th Congress passed the “Iraq War Resolution” on Oct. 10, 2002, authorizing the president to use the United States armed forces against Iraq. Approximately 20 reasons in the form of “Whereas” were cited in the resolution for this authorization. Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Restoration Re “Traditional homelands” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): Boyd Britton’s comparison with Olduvai Gorge is invalid, since no one is known to have invaded it and exiled its inhabitants, and no one but the writer wants to return there. A better comparison would be Spain (or Espa!tildelown!a, as its people style it). Although the Muslims ruled it for eight centuries, the Spaniards (who had lived there before) were not shy about evicting them. Would Britton refer to it by the Arabic name, “El Andalus,” and agree that it should be restored to Muslim rule? Would he restore South Africa to white rule, and all of Europe to the Germans? Louis Richter Encino Daylight time Do you notice how dark it is in the morning? It is long past the equinox; winter’s daylight hours grow shorter. Yet, our clocks are still set to summer’s daylight-saving time. It is more difficult to arise, and to wake up the kids when our windows are still dark. It is more dangerous for our kids walking to school, crossing streets while sleepy commuters squint into the rising sun. The pending energy bill will extend DST to even later in the winter months. This is wrong; it puts our kids in greater danger. DST should end around the autumnal equinox, at, say, end of September. There are many reasons responsible senators should oppose this bill. It would allow special-interest oil drillers to rip open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Bruce Joffe Piedmont Tenure not the end Just for the record, attaining tenure does not end the evaluation process for teachers. In fact, California teachers are evaluated every other year – thereafter. Moreover, some of those “poor performing” teachers miraculously go on to wear administrative suits. If Proposition 74 passes, how will teachers then be protected from such punitive and poor performing administrators? Louisa B. Caucia Montrose Not in my name Could someone please tell the firefighter and teacher unions that they do not have the right to speak for all public employees. I will tell you, as a public employee, I never hear from the union unless they want something for them. Fact is, I am now in a new union due to a promotion three months ago and still have not heard from them yet – but I am sure when they need more of my money they will call. Keith Smith Granada Hillslast_img read more