Liberia’s Chief Patron of Sports, President George Manneh Weah has disclosed plans by his government to place players of the National Football Team on government payroll.
President Weah said players of the Lone Star of Liberia are also part of the Country’s workforce at such they deserve to be paid like any other Liberian worker.
President Weah who up to date is the only African to be named World Footballer of the Year noted that the National team players have the right to get the economic benefits of the Country and disclosed that Liberia is the only Country whose players are not on payroll.
President Weah was speaking Monday when he hosted an appreciation luncheon for players of the National Team for their 1-0 victory over the Brave Warrior of Zimbabwe.
The Chief Patron of Sports said during the regime of Late President Samuel K. Doe they were motivated to play the way they played in the 80s because they were placed on payroll by President Samuel Kanyan Doe.
He pledged the government’s support to the National team and congratulated the team for its victory on Sunday.
President Weah told players of the National Team that their appearance to the 2019 African Cup of Nation in Cameroon depends on their determination to win or draw with DR Congo during the second leg in Kinshasa.
He urged them to do all to win the return leg of the African Cup of Nation in DR Congo.
Meanwhile, the president’s statement has received mix reactions from the public as social media commentators are divided over the plan.
Some said footballers should be pay per games and not given monthly salaries as they will not always be in action.