The Musa Bility led administration ends its tenure this March since getting a four-year mandate in March 2010 following a tsunami victory over incumbent president Cllr. Izetta Wesley. If you quite recall, during and after the election, the Bility team made some real promises, all aimed at lifting football in Liberia.
Sure, a lot of these promises have been fulfilled in spite of the mountain challenges facing the LFA, clubs and individuals running football in the country.
However, some say Bility has done little or nothing simply because the national football team is not winning or at least has not qualified for a major tournament. Bility has always said he has done everything humanly possible and what is left is for him to get on the playing pitch, impossible though.
For others, the Bility regime has done well and have praised him for bringing sponsorship to the national teams and to the national league. This has brought more competition amongst the clubs at all levels. They also praised him for his policy to reduce the number of clubs from closed to 70 to 34 (by end of league).
Whether praises or criticisms, Bility and his administration have never been deterred of continuing into the future, seeking opportunities for Liberian football. As God would have it, FIFA recently approved Goal Project number four for Liberia, which will in effect cover a modern Technical Football Center in Careysburg, outside Monrovia.
The project costs US five hundred thousand dollars (US$500,000); Girls and Boys dormitory, Classrooms, Dining Hall, and a Technical Staff building, among others.
A special project (probably the same cost of the buildings), will follow immediately to cover two and a half playing pitches with state-of -the -art artificial turf.
The Chief Patron of Sports and president of the Republic of Liberia Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will this Saturday March 15 carryout the Stone laying (ground breaking) of the historic Goal Project in Careysburg at 10am.
The Liberian leader will be delighted to carry out the function giving its importance among which will give young Liberians a home and a prepared future.
FIFA’s Development Officer for West Africa will also be on hand to grace the occasion that will mark a huge undertaking by the Bility led team.
Other high profiled people will include Liberia’s vice president, the Speaker, the president Pro Tempore and the Chairs of the Senate and House’s Committees of Sports.
According to the Secretary General of the LFA, invitation is also extended to Political parties including UP, CDC and Liberty parties.
Football Stakeholders, the media and well-wishers are urged to join the Chief Patron of Sports at the Stone laying of the milestone project in Careysburg.
Given his cornerstone contributions selling Liberia’s image through football, the LFA Technical Center will be named after Liberia Peace Ambassador George Manneh Weah.
The FIFA Goal Project begins immediately after the Stone laying; the construction is planned to last between nine months to a year. It is being executed by the Musons Group, Inc. While the Design and Build Company is the Consultant to the Project. Both companies are Liberian-owned.