Vice President Joseph N.Boaki Urges FIFA To Consider Paying Special Attention To Post - War Liberia

Friday, 14th September 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling on the world football governing body, FIFA to consider paying special attention to post-war Liberia and train young Liberian soccer talents.

He noted that FIFA which makes so much money, should have a special program geared towards building the capacities of youths of countries emerging from war like Liberia, so that they can begin to compete again in international tournaments.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Thursday when the London based Licensed FIFA Player's Agent, Ambassador Alpha Bird Collins, paid a courtesy call on him at his Sinkor office.

In apparent reference to the last week's 4-0 thrashing of the Lone Star by the Rwandan national team, Vice President Boakai said it is disheartening to hear that Liberian national teams are defeated wherever they go.

"We don't like to see our team defeated, sometimes 4-0, every time they go for a game. It doesn't give us any moral encouragement," Vice President Boakai noted.

He attributed the string of defeats Liberian teams have suffered in recent times to years of senseless civil conflict, noting that due to the protracted civil conflict, there are problems in all sectors of society, including sports.

In response, Mr. Collins pledged to help draw FIFA's attention to Liberia, saying he will, upon return, arrange an assessment visit by officials of the world governing body (FIFA) to Liberia, so that they can see for themselves the need to assist Liberia.

"I will do my best. I will convey the message to FIFA.
I am confident, they will come and see the relevant authorities," Collins said.

 Mr. Collins also informed the Vice President that he has interest in tracking investments for Liberia, and that he was in the country to assess the situation for himself.