What Led To Liberia Defeat?
By Edwin G. Wandah
After a massive humiliation recently at the hands of the Tyranga Lions at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, many Liberians who felt disappointed by the result are now calling for the immediate dismissal of suspended LFA Boss Musa Bility and his entire personnel.
The Liberia Lone Star was defeated two goals to nothing at the SKD in the Brazil 2014 first rounds of World Cup qualifiers in front of hundreds of fans who turned out in their numbers to cheer them to victory.
The encounter was Liberia’s possible chance of reaching seven points since Uganda defeated Angola in another development to reach eight points, thus topping the table, followed by Senegal who already has six points having drawn with Angola a week ago too.
The fans, mainly youths, lined-up the streets from ELWA Junction to the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, from SKD Boulevard Junction to SKD and from ELWA to the SKD, peacefully in queue to cheer the Lone Star to victory.
“I am proud of my boys; they have the same quality of play like Spanish Giants and the world’s best playing team Barcelona; I am not deterred by what happened in Uganda, all I have come to see today is victory for my country to advance to the next stage, the round-off,” Terrance Jensen stated with excitement.
Our reporter who attended the game at the SKD witnessed a very different scene after the first 45minues of play. Theresa Korpoe Tokpa could highly lift up his head to witness the rest of the five minutes of injury time in the first half of play.
The last 15 minutes of play was decided by the Senegalese who had Papiss Cisse Demba controlling the affairs using the heights of the Liberians since they were shorter than the Senegalese, using mistakes of the Liberians to launch counter-attacks against the Lone Star.
Our reporter quietly asked and assisted to wipe the tears from a female spectator. “Why are you crying?” I asked. Korpoe said, “You boy can’t you see how Senegal is beating Lone Star?”
She continued, “Musa Bility is just making business with the money but he will pay for it”. When asked what Musa Bility did that she was talking about, she sharply reacted, “Are you not a Liberian? Since Mr. Bility came to office, what have we to celebrate?”
However, gathering the views of many Liberians, they called on the entire leadership of Bility to peacefully step down or face the wrath of the fans.
According to the angry fans, for too long the Bility led administration has brought disgrace instead of pride to Liberia. The group, mainly young Liberians said if Bility and his boys do not take the front doors of their offices, they should rather expect the back open for their departure in disgrace and there will be no compromise.
The youths are therefore calling on the UP led Administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to quickly look into the Lone Star saga and act immediately to avoid any future embarrassment and shame to the nation.
The youths are also recommending to the President to dissolve the entire players that form part of the current national team to give way to build a new team which the youths believe will be good for the country and look at the LFA 1st and 2nd division leagues, including players of the county meets to be a part of the new Lone Star team.
In other recommendations, the youths are asking the government to consider Rivercess County Senior Senator’s bill in the House for the construction of a sports academy for the youths, and those players that will be selected for the new national team attend the academy.
The recommendation also provide the formation of under 12, 14, 16, 18 and 21 to grow up with a system of play, and put up a bid for international coaches for the various categories of teams and playing international test matches to build the team’s capacities and potential of the players.
The recommendation lastly provides for the “Private Partnership Agreement” that will attract for the support of businesses in the country toward the national team and the various categories which will sell the team and even provide DSTV coverage for games.