The Liberia Basketball Coaches Association (LIBCA) has filed a vote of no-confident in embattled LBA President T. Rufus Anderson.
The LBA Coaches based their decision on what they call the downward trend of the beautiful game in the country couple with his alleged maltreated of coaches and players.
The seven counts petition quote the LBA Coaches as saying that they and their players have sacrificed over the years to see basketball gets better, noting they won’t sit down and see the game die natural death.The petition was signed by 14 first, second and third Divisions as well as Women Division Coaches.
Key among the seven counts levied against Anderson were: misappropriation of finances, failure to host congress for the past six years and to regularize the National Basketball League as well as poor management of basketball facilities despite being the only administration to have received huge allotments from government over the years.The group has therefore called for his immediate resignation.
“Having observed with deep regret the trend our beloved game has taken under the leadership of Mr. Rufus Anderson, as President of the LBA couple with his lack of concern for us coaches and players who have sacrificed over the years in the name of love for the game, do hereby declare a Vote of No Confident in his leadership and that he should resign based on these,” the statement said.
The Coaches said if Anderson refused to step down, they and their players will not participate in any league organize by the LBA.
Anderson has however prevailed against several battles from within in recent time and it is not clear whether he will walk over this latest action taken by the coaches.
It can be recalled that Anderson was last year accused by his Vice President for Operation, Edwin Fahnbulleh of secretly withdrawing over LD$1.6M or US$15,000.00 from the account of the local basketball house.The LBA President has up to now refused to talk to the media on the allegations.
He called an Executive Committee to discuss the issue last year, but the meeting ended in dead lock and nothing has been said since than of the issue.
Anderson who is serving his second term as President of the LBA following a controversial election which he and his team won unopposed.Others elected unopposed in that election 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.
The election followed a year-long internal crisis marked by strike actions, assault and an injunction.Since then, his administration has continually been accused of mismanaging the LBA funds. Basketballing activities have also been grounded.
He smartly brought in Edwin Fahnbulleh one of the aggrieved stakeholders and made him Vice President for Operation replacing his long time cohort, Bruce Quaye.It appears like Fahnbulleh himself is regretting the decision after trying his best to organize a league last season, but is now struggling to close the league and begin a new one as Anderson has allegedly emptied the association’s account.
by Edwin Dolo ,Contributing Journalist