The Liberia Football Association (LFA) through it’s Grievance And Disciplinary Committee (GDC) has nullified the award for the highest goal scorer from its awards gala on 28 August.
The decision was made known through the an article on official social media [facebook] platform of the local FA , it followed a 15 June ruling .
Augustine Otu of Watanga FC finished the Orange first division with 22 goals, two more than Terry Sackor of LPRC Oilers. It can be recalled that Otu and Sackor scored seven goals apiece on the final day of the season on 29 May. The match result had Watanga walloping Small Town 10-6 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe sports complex practice pitch in Paynesville while LPRC Oilers thrashed Nimba FC 9-0 at the Gompa sports pitch in Ganta, Nimba County to retain the championship. Small Town and Nimba FC, along with NPA Anchors, were relegated to the Orange second division.
The Grievance And Disciplinary Committee found out that “ no player(s) in the history of the LFA competing for the highest goal scorer award has/have scored (7 ) seven goals in a match.” The Committee report was signed by former LFA President Sombo Izetta Wesley (Cllr.), who chairs the committee and co-chairman, Cllr. Kula Jackson.
The Committee has also recommended that the award be nullified because the form and manner of the goals scored create doubts and clearly manifest that the goals were manipulated against the spirit and intent of fair play.