The 20th Ordinary Congress of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) took place last Saturday, October 3, 2015 at PA’s Rib House in Lakpazee.
The congressional discussed the LFA activities and financial reports, budget covering the next fiscal year, membership fees and proposals for a change in the statutes, amongst others.
The president of the LFA, Musa Hassan Bility, served as presiding officer of the Congress that did not last for three hours.
Deputy Sports Minister, Henry B. Yonton, Jr. and the vice president for administration of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Cllr. Sylvester Rennie, were part of the invited guests, while journalists were termed as observers.
Cllr. Rennie of the LNOC hailed Mr. Bility for the level of progress made at the LFA and pledged the LNOC’s continuous support.
The LFA boss thanked the stakeholders for their presence and said the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus, which claimed over 4,000 lives, was the delay of the 20th Ordinary Congress.
Minister Henry Yonton praised the partnership between the Ministry and the LFA and urged Bility to inform the stakeholders about government’s financial assistance to the national football team.
There was a unique video-highlight presentation of the 2014/2015 League but mistakenly vice president of administration, Musa Shannon, during the vote of thanks, hailed Nimba United for their first championship as well as Mighty Dragons for the 2nd division title, but didn’t recognize BYC II – and humbly apologized during the 15 minutes break.
Bility also thanked the three winning teams and pledged to support Nimba United in the CAF Club Championship.
He announced that FIFA has approved the erection of the LFA headquarters – but didn’t state the amount, which was contributed by FIFA and pointed out that the football rivalry has shifted between IE and Barrolle to LISCR and BYC and then Nimba United and FC Fassell.
He disclosed that the George M. Weah Technical Center in Careysburg is about 90% completed and would be functional before March 2016.
He praised Chief Patron President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for instructing Finance Minister Amara Konneh to make about 70% of the expenditure for the game between Liberia and Guinea Bissau on Thursday, October 8 and also Cellcom for being a truthful partner.He said he is positive of Liberia setting another record of producing the President for FIFA.
The president’s activities’ report, presentation and approval of the financial report and auditor’s report were also passed, but Lemuel Sherman, who made the motion for these items to be opened for discussion, restated his motion for it to be passed and placed into the archive when Bility compelled him to do so in accordance with the statutes that items on the agenda should have been discussed through written application before the Congress.
LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji, who raised the contention of Sherman’s motion that it be opened for discussion, was muted when Sherman apologized for the wrong motion.
There was a heated argument between Raji and Bility on item “I” of the Agenda on the consideration of proposal of amendment of the Statutes and Regulations.
Raji argued that there could be consideration of proposal of the amendment of the Statutes and Regulations if the agenda could have been opened for subsequent approval, and for stakeholders to make recommendations for their amendment, according to Article 35 of the LFA Statutes.
The LISCR boss argued that the Statutes gave the right to 2/3rd members of the delegates to place items in the agenda or make some changes.