News reaching Liberiasportsonline.com has confirmed that clubs in the local league are hauling praises on this year’s edition of President George Weah Cup.
Our reporter confirmed that earlier Wednesday 1st August ,participating clubs were called to the The Liberia Football Association (LFA)
for the announcement of the next stage of the massive initiative to bring back the passion of the nation -football in a grand style.
It is now also clear that organizers of the event have not still set a date for the tournament,which professionally hiders the overall
planning for the event as well as how clubs will tune their players ahead of the tournament . But hints that President Cup will kick
off early August of 2018 local football in the country.
Vice president for operations at the Liberia FA Wilmot Smith,disclose that the tournament is intended to honor President George Weah and wife Clar Weah for their efforts in supporting football and sports in general in Liberia . In all a total of 46 teams from the First,Second Divisions and female football clubs will participate this inaugural edition of the ‘George Weah’s President Cup’. The Liberia FA VPO made this known during a media interaction on Monday, July 30, 2018 .
Each of the participating teams is expected to receive two sets of Jerseys,two footballs ,100,000.00 Liberian dollars as preparation package from the Liberia FA as the distribution took place Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Wilmot Smith further disclosed that “ We intend to give the winner of the male category a 32-seater bus and the female category also a 20-seater bus,” Wilmot added. “This year’s president cup will be very unique, it is unique because we going to have the tournament in two phases–it’s not only going to be the
President Cup but also the First Lady cup”,Smith said.
He asserted that the LFA decision to honor the First Lady for a new appointment as CAF female football ambassador, something he said needs recognition. “The Executive Committee has decided that going forward all other president cups will be named and style the George Weah President Cup even if he is President or not,” the LFA vice president disclosed.
Though the LFA is yet to give an official date when the tournament will kickoff, it is expected to kick off this weekend as the draw for the
tournament will be held at the LFA headquarters on Benson Street today. The tournament will be played on a knockout basis and may last for a month. said Smith. Jerseys for participating teams
The tournament will have two old timer teams and 4 third division teams participating in the tournament in an effort to reawaken football
in the country . It is clear that there is no hope in sight for the local league to start and football in Liberia has been on the low side.
Since the last national league which ended in August of 2017 with LISCR FC won the double. Many Liberian football pundits are believed to be relieved for once following many outcries for the return of local football.
source| Staff Reporter