LFA Now Means Serious Business

first_imgKids of Clara Town; their number one love is footballIt would seem that President George Weah waited for a leadership that he could trust to come to power at the Liberia Football Association (LFA) before opening up what he would do for the national football team, Lone Star. This was evidence of the president’s disclosure to send the team to a training tour in Brazil after the team’s recent 1-1 draw with DR Congo.President Weah would be sending the players to the country that the late President Samuel Doe sent him (Weah) and his colleagues in the 1980s which, without question, prepared him for his soccer sojourn later.President Weah is following the footsteps of the late President Doe in the development of the national football team. In Lone Star’s glorious days, countries of Ghana, Egypt, Malawi — few remarkable soccer nations in Africa—bowed down to Liberia, right here in Monrovia—and George Weah and his colleagues were the masters who did the job.Now the new LFA president, Mustapha Raji, said in his first official statement that he has come, willing to work with the Ministry of Youth & Sports to develop several disciplines that had been inactive in the last eight years. And this is good news. Raji said he had come to football determined to do less talk and take the ball to the field.As a former president of football clubs, Mustapha (as he is popularly called by friends) knows how to develop the game. For over twenty years he built young teams to prominence. And the young man’s knowledge of the game is commendable. Mustapha did not mince his words when he told the executive committee of the Liberia Football Association, who make up the core unit to develop the game that if any of them, entertains the belief that they are at the LFA to make money then there are mistaken. In practical terms, Mustapha is saying he is taking the development of the game to the pitch that will pay greater attention to the young men and women whose blood make up the foundation of football development.It means things will not be done as usual. “You members of the Executive Committee,” Mustapha said, “we have decided to come here to work in the interest of Liberian people…” And that was exactly what members of the Executive Committee chose to do: to work in the interest of Liberian football.With Mustapha’s goal to develop football in the various categories, it will be good that his fresh ideas would be supported in both financial and material from sources responsible to do so to ensure that at the of his first term in four years we will see new direction that we have all been yearning for.For now, we want to commend him and hope that he would encourage other Liberians with the technical knowledge to get the job done into his fold.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘SNEAKY GOVERNMENT USING HOUSE TAX AS EXCUSE FOR CUTS’ – PRINGLE

first_imgA DONEGAL TD has accused the Government of being “sneaky” – by using the household tax shortfall as an excuse for cutbacksIndependent TD for Donegal South West Thomas Pringle claims the budgets for roads, libraries and housing maintenance in the county had been slashed BEFORE the household tax boycott.Latest figures show that 31,729 households have paid the tax – out of an estimated 65,331 properties, that’s less than half. Donegal County Council saw its latest allocation of grants from central government cut by another €1M.Mr Pringle claimed the budget for library services in Donegal had been cut by €600,000, money available for housing maintenance was down by €275,000 and the budget for roads was also significantly down.He claimed the Government was linking non-payment of the household charge to cuts already decided on.“This is typical of handling of the whole household tax issue, they had planned the cuts anyway,” he said. “The only satisfactory outcome is that funding already allocated be maintained.”He added: “Already this year library services have been cut by €600,000. We’ve seen the closure of Killybeggs library. We’ve seen the closure of Ramelton library, the reduction in hours for Donegal town and Ballyshannon.“So the Government is going to try and use this argument now that the only reason there’s cuts in Donegal is because we haven’t paid the Household Charge.”Nationally owners of 990,459 properties have paid the €100 tax – which is expected to be more than €1,000 next year. The owners of 600,000 properties have yet to pay the charge and could face court prosecution. ‘SNEAKY GOVERNMENT USING HOUSE TAX AS EXCUSE FOR CUTS’ – PRINGLE was last modified: August 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’SNEAKY GOVERNMENT USING HOUSE TAX AS EXCUSE FOR CUTS’ – PRINGLElast_img read more