The owner of Monrovia Sky Force Basketball Club Edwin Fahnbulleh said if he knew the constraints in running the national basketball association he could not have joined the Aggrieved Stakeholders that opted to remove Anderson as head of the local basketball house.He however refused to say whether or not he has any regret for his role in the protest that ended in fiascos and at the same time held basketball hostage for nearly three years.
Fahnbulleh who was later appointed Vice President at the LBA through negation made the disclosure Saturday when he appeared on Truth FM’s Sport program, “Sports Talk”.He has been accused by some members of the aggrieved stakeholders of treachery. “I did know what it means to run basketball that was the reason I joined the aggrieved stakeholders. Now I know it is really difficult. I mean lack of adequate funding and sponsorship,” said the Monrovia Sky Force President.Fahnbulleh also denied that he play a lead role in creating the conflict, noting he was out of time when the crisis was ongoing.“I was not in town when most of these communications and memorandum of understanding were being signed by the Aggrieved Stakeholders and the LBA leadership. They can attest to this,” he added.
On his astonishing switch to administrative position in the LBA, Fahbulleh disclosed that he decided to join the LBA leadership after the lead players in the Aggrieved Party were all seen pursing different directions. “Malcolm Joseph went to Liberia National Olympic Committee (NOC), Calvin Diggs is now contesting in the pending elections and Ali Sylla is abroad, so I was left with no alternative but to make sure that basketball is back to its feet,” he said.
Some basketball pundits have described the LBA Vice President statement as cunning and far from the truth.
The pundits wondered how Fahnbulleh who managed his club (Monrovia Sky Force) and also served as President of the LBA Clubs President Association will not understand the operation of basketball at the national level.
As President of the LBA Club Presidents, Fahnbulleh was a part of a group that instigated a protest against Anderson’s administration in 2014.After the resumption of all sporting activities across the country at the end of the Ebola outbreak, basketball activities could not kickoff as the Aggrieved stakeholders protested over the illegitimacy of the Anderson’s administration, the spurious registrations of 14 3rd division clubs for participation in the 2015 elections couple with allegations of financial misapplication among others.
The Aggrieved Stakeholders were led by Calvin Diggs, Malcolm Joseph, Ali Sylla and Edwin Fahnbulleh.
All efforts by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) proved fruitlessly in resolving the dispute.
Notwithstanding the LBA leadership finally held their elections in October 2015 with Anderson elected unopposed. Others elected unopposed were Fred Ted, vice President for administration; Bruce Quaye, vice President for operations; Abiodun Thomas, treasurer; Jarius J. Harris, financial secretary and Isaac Smith, chaplain at the Crown Hotel in Paynesville.
Following the elections, the Aggrieved Party filed an injunction against the LBAb thus further delaying the resumption of basketball activities by another year.The Petitioners say the LBA (respondent) secretly held a congress and elections on October 24, 2015 after the court lifted its injunction on October 22, 2015 without informing the petitioners in keeping with the by-laws and constitution of the LBA.