The Ministry of Youth and Sports has with immediate effect withdrawn the management of the National Soccer Teams the Lone Star and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) from the Liberia Football Association (LFA) pending the conclusion of the LFA elections.
The decision which was reached Wednesday, following a meeting with LFA’s Vice President for Administration, Sekou Konneh cited series of factors including the slow-pace at which the LFA is conducting the affairs of the national teams resulting to the ministry canceling the participation of the Under 17 (U-17) National Team from a major competition.
It also pointed out the recent delay in the adequate organization of the WAFU Tournament and the under -23 Team as another factor informing the Ministry’s decision.
The Ministry in a communication said its action comes in the wake of the poor management of the Antoinette Tubman stadium and the failure of the football house to submit detailed plans ahead of the national team engagements in international competitions in September, as per the Ministry’s request.
Youth and Sports Minister, D. Zeogar Wilson in a letter to the LFA president Musa Bility also identified the filthiness of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium which contravenes international regulations regarding the management of sports facilities amongst others things pertaining to the national teams as of actions that led to the latest MYS decision.
Meanwhile, Minister Wilson assures the football administration and the public that the ongoing collaboration currently being worked out between the Ministry and the Liberia Football Association will continue for the good of football in Liberia.
Just before the Sports Ministry’s decision, the LFA has been planning on recruiting new technical staffers for the various national football teams.
The coaches of the national teams including senior national team head coach James Debbah recently had their respective positions or contracts suspended by the LFA.
The LFA said it suspended the coaches’ contracts due to financial constraints and the lack of competitions for the various teams.