As Tension Mounts In LFA:…JNJ Appeals For Calm
Veteran Liberia coach, Josiah N. Johnson has appealed to the Executive Committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to immediately put an end to whatever misunderstanding is within the FA. In recent times there has been some misunderstanding between the President of the LFA, Mr. Musa Bility and the Vice President for Operations, Heller Lawrence something that led to the suspension of Mr. Lawrence by the Bility administration.
In a brief chat yesterday when he walked into the offices of The INQUIRER, Coach Johnson said such news of misunderstanding or division within the FA is not healthy at this time when Liberia is making tremendous progress in the FIFA ranking chart and most importantly the Lone Star has three more games remaining in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying round.
The veteran coach also considered as father of Liberian football averred that all members of the Executive Committee including the President and Vice President for Operations are important to the development of the game in Liberia and as such any misunderstanding between the two officials must be amicably resolved.
He said nowadays football is being used to unify the people and to promote peace adding, “We can’t be peacemakers and at the same time be divided. This is a total contradiction; football unifies people and that is why we at the highest level in football must also unify ourselves.”
JNJ as he is affectionately called said a house that is divided cannot stand and as such, if the national team is to make progress in its remaining games, all Liberians including those at the helm of football at the LFA must come together and work for the development of the country through football.
JNJ then called on the LFA officials to put aside petty issues and move forward noting, “This is not the question of who is wrong or right; we must consider ourselves as winners and not losers.” He said the newly appointed Minister of Youth & Sports, Len Eugene Nagbe is a determined young man who wants to galvanize resources for the remaining games.
Among other things he said in the absence of peace within the FA, any fund raised for the game will be a complete waste and there will be no need to raise money for the Lone Star.