Former LFA Vice President for Administration Musa Shannon has withdrawn from this Saturday’s LFA Presidential election.
Mr. Shannon according to a communication said he was pulling out of the LFA Presidential race for what he calls for the good of the game.
He said in his communication to the LFA Elections Committee that he was withdrawing his candidacy to give way for the growth and the forward march of Liberian football.
Earlier speculations had it that stakeholders were showing no interest in the former Liberian International footballer’s Presidential ambition.
A source closed to Shannon’s camp told The Monrovia Times that support for their candidate the stakeholders dropped in the last few weeks.
This means Mustapha Raji will contest this Saturday’s LFA Presidential election as the lone candidate. The election for president of the LFA has been delayed due to controversies that marred the April 14 Football Election.
Mustapha Raji won the most votes in the April 14 election ahead of Musa Shannon and George Solo, but did not get the required number to be declared winner.
The former LFA 1st Vice President Shannon came second, with Solo in third.That election failed to be concluded because of a court injunction issued by the Civil Law Court following a petition from George Solo.
Football stakeholders will hold an emergency congress Saturday for the purpose of electing a new president to take over from Musa Bility.
Meanwhile, Outgoing Liberia Football Association President Musa Bility has issued a statement announcing that he’s transferring the authority to govern local football to Presidential candidate Mustapha Raji.
Mr. Bility in a communication to football stakeholders few hours after Shannon’s pulled out said:
“as of today (Tuesday), all decision within the LFA must be made with the full knowledge and approval of Mustapha Raji” who will contest the LFA Presidential election as the lone candidate.
“I’ve just been informed by the SG that Mr. Musa Shannon has withdrawn from the upcoming Presidential Election. With this information, I wish to inform you that the process of Transition will start immediately”, Bility noted.
Mr. Bility in his statement thanked stakeholders for the opportunity given him to work together for the last five months and said it was a pleasure working in spite of the stiff disagreement at times.
Mr. Bility, however, failed to state in his statement if he has resigned as President of the LFA as of today.
In his statement, Mr. Bility refers to Mustapha Raji as “President-elect”.
“Effective as of today, all decision within the LFA must be made with the full knowledge and approval of the President-Elect, Mr. Mustapha I. Raji” said Bility in his special statement to Stakeholders.
Bility who second four years tenure ended in April has been in charge of the LFA as President after a mandate from Fifa for him to stay on until the election for a new president was concluded.