What Liberian Football Authorities Can Learn From Europe

Musa Bility, LFA president

Musa Bility, LFA president. Can he learn from his European visitors?

An anxious looking football leaders waited and waited in Monrovia. Their expectations filled with wishful thinking for money. The country has not fare well in football since the assassination of Samuel Doe, the Liberian President who was the spirit of the country’s soccer explosion in the 1980s.

But greedy sports leaders with no evidence of plan to develop the games allegedly stacked donated cash from international sporting bodies like FIFA into private accounts. And the standard of sports plummet to zero in a rapidly decelerating motion for the past three decades. This has left fans to be endeared to foreign clubs.

For years, FIFA under Joseph Sepp Blatter leadership has dished out millions of dollars to Football Associations in poor countries to help develop the game. In return, Blatter received the  support of FAs from all over the developing world with no accountability of the donated funds.

Now the old FIFA of Sepp Blatter has gone following allegations of corruptions. So when news of a pending visit by a European soccer delegation to Monrovia was aired, public and Liberia FA expectations ballooned.

Liberia FA president, businessman Musa Bility, is reported to be showcasing the visit as his effort and that the visit is expected to pay off by enabling Liberia “reach a higher mark in its football development program,” according to LFA press release.

One critic of the LFA condemned the attitude of false expectations – the mindset in which locals want victory in international matches without effort into developing top tier players. “We can’t harvest what we did not plant,” he wrote in a local daily.

 

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