By Roland Mulbah Minister of Youth and Sports, Lenn Eugene Nagbe said Senior Pro, an array of former Liberia’s Lone Star players had a planned match on the eve of Liberia’s 168th Independence Day celebration in Barclayville, Grand Kru County with Grand Kru County team and another on Independence Day with Sinoe County team, but the former stars failed to honor the first match, but instead played at a near venue in Sass Town leaving President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her guests seated at the match venue with no match.
CDC political leader and Montserrado County Senator, George Oppong Manneh Weah is a member of Senior Pro.
But when the question was posed to Minister Nagbe that his action came because Senior Pro went to play a match in honor for CDC in Sass Town, the Minister said.
“I don’t know why Senior Pro went to Sass Town; if they had a game with CDC, I was not aware though I learnt they played one there but that wasn’t what we planned. For those two games Danesius Sebwe received almost US$ 40,000.00 for the project. Part of the money came from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and some came from our partners and other collaborators and sponsors. But perhaps Senior Pro is making all the excuses because they have to account for the money they received. But that is not the issue because the issue was to honor the scheduled games,” the Minister explained.
There are also reports that Danesius Sebwe said they had an agreement and the Minister decided to call off the game, but Minister Nagbe retorted, “ Don’t listen to what Danesius says. They didn’t play in Barclayville and as minister I had to take charge to prevent a recurrence. I spoke to them on phone and told them of the events (Sports) I was going to schedule because that day could not go without sports. We encouraged Senior Pro; they are our past professionals and had contributed to sports but I had to take a stance because it was very embarrassing not just to the government, but to our partners and people of Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties,” the Youth and Sports Minister concluded.
Some members of Senior Pro include, Senator George Oppong Manneh Weah, James Salinsa Debbah, Danesius Sebwe, Christopher Wreh, Oliver Makor and George Gebro,
Others include Joe Armstrong Nagbe, Kelvin Sebwe, Thomas Kojo, Janjay Jacobs, Jonah Saweiah and Varmah Kpoto.