National team (The Lone Star) interim coach Thomas Kojo, says government and the Liberia Football Association (LFA) need to invest more in local based players because many of them are talented.
Coach Kojo spoke of his impression with his team’s performance over the weekend when it settled to a goalless draw against Sierra Leone in an international friendly at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
Both Liberia and Sierra Leone failed to find the back of the net in Sunday’s encounter with the Lone Star dominating. With youthful players on either side, Lone Star had an impressive start with their dominance in ball possession. BYC forward Fallah Sheriff, midfielder Allen Nije and forward Edward Ledlum, who was introduced in the second half, were some of the top Lone Star performers as they kept creating trouble for the Leone Stars’ defense.
On the other hand, the Leone Stars also came prepared, and were able to prevent the host from scoring against them, while the visitors, too, created several chances in both halves, but were unlucky in the finishing form.
According to coach Kojo, the national team stands a better chance to make marks in international competitions if the government and the LFA provide more financial and logistical supports to them.
“We will have a better national team in the future if those needed supports are provided to the team. Such support will enable the team to undergo better training with better facilities,” he said.
Kojo affirmed his commitment to building a strong youthful team to prioritize the inclusion of committed foreign-based players in his squad.
“Right now, we have data for all the young players (both home-based and foreign-based) that we are monitoring to build a strong national team,” coach Kojo said.
The weekend match, which was part of activities marking Liberia’s 171st Independence Anniversary celebration, was Kojo’s first test since he was appointed as the Lone Star team’s interim coach.
In another development ,High School Diploma will now be the minimum qualification for candidates wishing to contest for the presidency of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) after stakeholders overwhelmingly voted to amend the statues.
The decision, which was taken over the weekend, follows FIFA Governance Committee assessment after the LFA’s April 14 election characterized by controversy. The committee authorized the LFA Executive Committee to harmonize the age limits, registration fees for candidates contesting LFA elections.
During the extraordinary congress, 25 out of the 34 football stakeholders that were present voted in favor of the proposed amendment to harmonize the statutes on the qualification, age limit and all criteria for the presidency of the football house, while five voted against and two abstained.
The stakeholders voted that the age limits for the presidency be 25 and above, while the registration fees for candidates vying for the presidency has been reduced from US$2,500 to US$1,000.
Following the amendment, Article 58.5 now states that “Candidates for the LFA elections shall pay US$1,000 for president, Vice Presidents US$750, Executive Committee Members US$500.”
“The president, vice presidents and members of the executive committee shall not be younger than 25 years. The President, Vice Presidents and Executive Committee members shall have a minimum qualification of high school diploma,” according to Article 58.1.
The weekend amendment in the LFA statutes has now set the pace for the hosting of the football house presidential election.
Daily Observer/Anthony Kokoi