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Deserted Gompa Sports Stadium Turns Criminals Hideouts

The outbreak of the corona-virus in Liberia has not only ruined and halted sporting activities across the country, it has also left the sporting arenas vulnerable. Reports gathered that since the cancellation of sports activities in the country as a result of the Covid-19, sporting pitches have been deserted with the J.W. Pearson Pitch being no exception by the LFA Gompa Sub Committee who had been regularly running the affairs of the arena.

The stadium was used as an official home ground by LFA first division side Nimba FC in the 2018/19 league season but since the inception of the corona-virus, the 2019/20 season was nullified due to the lack of inner fence which barricade the players from spectators and thereby prevents a possible pitch invasion or hooliganism. With no security system setup at the pitch, the stadium currently lies in ruined as rainstorm has destroyed a partial segment of the stadium wing. It is even believed that the doors of the facility that once hosted championships which pull huge crowds and generated over half a million Liberian Dollars from only gate intake have been damaged.

 Newly promoted second division team Almighty FC of Ganta was also stopped by the LFA from using the field for their home matches for the same reason. Sports enthusiasts and football fanatics expectancy of the soon return of the nation’s most celebrated sports was capsized as the Liberian local soccer house finally nullified the Orange sponsored Liberian topflight and second tier leagues; women’s divisions and all LFA run community championships with no promotion nor demotion in the 2019/20 domestic league campaigns. Most sports lovers are placing the blame squarely on the chief of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mustapha I. Raji under whose decree sporting activities are temporary halted nationwide. Apparently without giving prior awareness after Liberia recorded her first case of the new virus, The Liberian FA’s decision left the doors of sports grounds across the country shut, but the Gompa Sports Stadium seems to be faced with a severe implications as the arena has now become a hideouts for criminals due to a very poor and debilitating management.

According to different information gathered from inhabitants of the J.W. Pearson Community where the stadium is located, they revealed that the open air sports ground has now become a ghetto where hostile juveniles assembled on a daily basis to smoke marijuana and abuse other illicit substances including Tramadol and cocaine amongst others. “A community dweller explained, ” For me I’m so afraid because our community is now unsafe for us because those people who come here to smoke all those illegal drugs will one day start attacking us in this community. We’ve been calling on the LDEA officers but they’ve refused to come to our aid and I’m afraid because this is dangerous for us.” Newly promoted second division team Almighty FC of Ganta was also stopped by the LFA from using the field for their home matches for the same reason.

The stadium was built by the Robert A. Sirleaf Stadium Construction Project nearly a decade ago, but thanks to the Gompa Old timers Sports Association that has managed to change the wire fence to a concrete wall.

Source: BY: NATHANIEL SUCCESS TOKPAH (231)881276038/770625004 nathanieltokpah2019@gmail.com

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