The President of the LFA Hon. Musa Bility has stated that when they set out to re-organize the Lone star, they knew that it was going to be a difficult task.
According to the LFA boss, they need money to run the affairs of the LFA as the budgetary allotment from government to the foot ball is insufficient. is not enough. “We embarked on a fund raising campaign two weeks ago and every company was requested to make contributions, with the Central Bank of Liberia giving US$10, 000,” he said.
Mr. Bility observed that among the foreign companies requested to contribute to the Lone star fund drive, only NOCAL and Cellcom have paid, otherwise it had always been Liberians financially contributing to the team.
The LFA boss reiterated the determination of the Lonestar to achieve victory, adding that the size of the company does not matter as it is always eleven playing against eleven rival players on each side.
He reassured that every financial requirement for the game has been fulfilled, noting that Representative Edwin Snowe alone contributed US$300,000 as head of the mobilizing unit which is a tremendous support to the Lone star.
The campaign fever to mobilize support for the victory of the Liberia national Football team, the Lone Star, became hefty yesterday as in their demonstration of support, officials of the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism dedicated the regular Thursday press briefing yesterday to the victory of the Lone star team.
MICAT officials went beyond the mere distribution of the Liberia Lone-Star Flag to each journalist that attended the program but beautifully adorned the walls of the Charles Gbenyon press hall with the red, white and blue colors of the Liberian flag clothing materials.
Delivering the welcome remarks, the acting MICAT minister Hon. Norris Tweah stated that the Ministry has dedicated the press conference to the Lone Star game that takes place on Saturday in Calabar, Nigeria.
“We are soliciting the support of all Liberians both at home and abroad to support the Lone star team to victory not only in Saturday's crucial match but to ensure the team's participation in the African Nations' Cup tournament scheduled to take place in South Africa,” he said.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Tornobah Vanplah said, “I bring you greetings from the Lone-star. This is the final leg as the Lonestar team prepares the goal of participating in the South Africa CAF tournament,” he said.
The Youth and Sports minister said this game is important for Liberia because football is a vehicle for national development, a vehicle for national peace and reconciliation, for good health, gender parity and economic growth. “It is also a vehicle for people with disabilities to realize their potentials. As Lone star represents Liberia on Saturday, Liberians should demonstrate true sense of nationalism,” he said.
He admonished that as Liberia goes to South Africa, it is incumbent upon every Liberian to support their national team. “We must support the team in speech, actions and feelings. We must speak about the Lone star,” he said.
He said as the Lone star prepares for the South Africa encounter he is urging all to put aside their differences and think about the national team and the country. He called upon the ex-players such as Weah, James Debah, Sebwe and others to give their support to the team to ensure good examples for Liberia.
The MYS minister urged Liberians to follow the examples of Liberians that have given generously to the team including the Chief Patron President Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Robert Sirleaf and Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff who have found time to support the team.
According to the Sports minister, many people criticize the MYS for giving the team to the Liberia Football Association (LFA). “But sports administration should be left with those with the requisite training to handle its affairs.
The minister used the occasion to commend those that have made generous financial contributions to the team especially the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) among others. “All of us will not be in Nigeria, but every Liberian sending out something will send out a positive message,” he said.
He said victory is a product of thinking and feeling. “We have done it before, and will do it again. Lone star will go but the team will only go relying on our support. Today we urge the press to join us, nothing will stop us from gaining victory,” he said. Writes John Momoh