By Edwin G. Wandah
There have been wide speculations that funds disbursed to some counties for usage to prepare county teams have been misappropriated, leaving some of the county players without pay.
According to residence in some of the counties, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports along with some key sponsors including NOCAL and other companies at least made cash contributions to staging the just ended 2012-2013 County Meet which Grand Cape Mount emerged as winners, but the residence said poor performance on the parts of some counties led to the bad performance of those counties.
“Those counties involved according to the residents include Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Grand Kru, Maryland, Sinoe, River Gee, Lofa and Bomi Counties,” Derry Brumskine stated.
According to recent statistics shown by this paper, four of the fifteen counties have good standing records for the national county meets.
When the INQUIRER visited at least four of the fifteen counties earmarked, the residents mainly youths praised the county officials for putting systems in place to elevate their counties from grass root which is locally played to national football that is promoted to professional level.
The four counties boasted of its moral in promoting their counties including Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Bong and Margibi Counties, leaving Grand Bassa County which is mostly considered one of the best in County Meet Soccer.
According to a group planning to engage the Youth and Sports Ministry to put mechanism in place curtail future embarrassment in the disbursement of funds given to players and team members during games or major tournaments.