Paynesville, Monrovia : The 2nd Vice President of the Liberia Football Association Wilmot Smith , is challenging Liberian football referees to ‘step up’ if they are to make a difference on the international scenes.He made the statement during a 4 day FIFA Technical Instructors’ course training at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville City , outside Monrovia .
Mr. Wilmot Smith said despite the difficulties, the country’s football whistle blowers must strive for excellence in their respective local and international assignments.Mr. Smith asserted that referees play a very pivotal role in the development of the game as such Liberian referees must step up to the challenges for positive change.He thanked LFA president Mustapha Raji for the level of progress thus far while he reaffirmed the leadership commitment to the improvement of the game in Liberia.
Also speaking, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Andy Quamie wants Liberian football referees to utilize the little opportunities given them to excel at international levels.
The Deputy Minister Quamie believes that trainings provided to football referees in Liberia if properly applied during international assignments will promote them and provide better opportunities for the sector. The training which ended on Monday, August 5, 2019 certificated 20 referees from ten counties from Montserrado, Nimba, Margibi, Maryland and Rivercess amongst others as Fifa Instructors and Assessors.
Participants include LFA Secretary-General and FIFA-badged referee (emeritus) Isaac Montgomery, former Fifa-based referees Patrick Paye, Sam Korti, Ausbon Reeves and Christopher Nylander; Fifa-badged assistant referees Roseline Kollie and Jay Exodus Flanjay and former Class A referees Albert Swen and Murvee Gray, who served as assistant sports minister from 2006-2018, of Montserrado County.
Others are former Class A referees Binda Johnson and Ismael Brown of Sinoe; Omasco Kamara and Faikai Dorley of Bomi; Aaron Konah and Alex Emmanuel Harris of Nimba and Eric Kawaine and former Representative Stephen Kafi of Margibi Counties.
Class A referees Kendrick Debleh Dion of Maryland and Leif Wheagar of River Cess Counties were all certificated at the end of the 4 days seminar. Fifa referee instructor Felix Tangawarima of Zimbabwe and LFA director of referees Ebenezer Stanley Konah served as lead instructor and course coordinator.
Story by Varmah Kamara- Liberia Sports Online