Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick wants local football stakeholders to show gratitude to outgoing LFA President Musa Bility for what he has done for football for the past eight years both in Africa and Liberia.
NFF Bass , Amaju Pinnick speaking to reporters upon arrival in Liberia for the LFA Extra-Ordinary Congress last week said Liberia was blessed to have Musa Bility working for football in Liberia.He said despite the challenges, he thinks Musa Bility should be celebrated for the dues he has paid for the forward march of football in Liberia and Africa.The Nigerian Football Federation Boss who is also Vice President at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is in Liberia to represent the African governing football body at the LFA’s Elective Congress.
The Congress witnessed the election of LISCR FC President Mustapha Raji as the new president of the Liberia Football Association, as he will contest on white ballot. “I am here on a FIFA assignment to oversee the LFA election,” Pinnick told reporters at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville where he had gone to pay courtesy to Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson.
He said Liberian Football Stakeholders should take the turnover of power from Bility to Raji in good faith and forge ahead in taking the game from where he’s leaving it .“Liberia should give Bility the honor, for his work” Pinnick said.
He called on the new football executives to always tap from his (Bility) experience.He added that CAF appreciates Musa Bility and the spirit he brings to the continent in the management of football.
The NFF Chief praised Liberian Football Stakeholders for the level of transition in the country’s football management and development.The LFA Extra-Ordinary Congress will put to an end Musa Bility’s eight years reign of Liberian Football and put in a new era with the election of Mustapha Raji, one of Liberia’s longest football patrons and a seasoned administrator.
The Nigerian Football Federation Chief also said he was in the country to form part of the ceremony marking the retirement of the famous #14 shirt of Liberia, worn by Soccer Legend and now Chief Patron of Sports of Liberia, President George Weah.
In another development Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President and First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Amaju Pinnick is leading a joint FIFA/CAF mission to Ghana that will identify persons who will constitute a normalisation committee tasked with running the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in the interim and organise elections for a new GFA executive committee.
According to multiple sources, FIFA relayed Pinnick’s appointment through a letter from its General Secretary, Fatma Samoura yesterday (September 10).
He will be joined by CAF’s Director, Member Associations, Veron Mosengo Omba and the Manager, Member Associations, Mr Nicola Luca and some other persons who are expected to be named on the normalisation committee.
All three members of the joint FIFA/CAF mission are expected to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Kwame Asiamah in Accra tomorrow (September 12) after their arrival today.
The normalisation committee’s mandate includes the following tasks:
– To run the GFA’s daily affairs and cooperate with the special task force once it has been set up by FIFA, CAF and the Government of Ghana;
– To review the GFA statutes to ensure compliance with the requirements of FIFA and CAF, particularly art. 15 of the FIFA Statutes, and;
– Once the GFA statutes meet the requirements of FIFA and CAF, to organise and conduct elections of a GFA executive committee on the basis of the revised GFA statutes.
According to FIFA, the normalisation committee shall be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA/CAF mission.All members of the normalisation committee must pass an eligibility check to be carried out by the FIFA Review Committee. The normalisation committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.
The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire when all of the above-mentioned tasks have been properly fulfilled, but by no later than March 31, 2019.
source:Kolubah Zayzay |Monrovia Times /Peterking Quaye