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Leadership crisis looms over LBA

Kolubah Zayzay/Joseph T. Koon

( 3, 2015) Tension is said to be brewing within the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) ahead of the Association’s pending elections.

One account of the controversy indicates that the local Basketball League has failed to kick off and election has been delayed on several occasions due to eligibility criteria.

Another account says some stakeholders are opposed to the electoral process due to the denial of their presidential candidate, former LBA Vice President, Abraham Samukai.

Reports say Mr. Sumakai is either disqualified or being denied to contest the election because he did not meet the criteria in keeping with LBA’s Constitution.

LBA President, Rufus Anderson, however, said the Association is aware of the crisis and the obstacle it poses to the development of the game in the country.

Despite internal and external pressure from local basketball clubs and the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA), the crisis is far from over, as authorities of LBA are still tight-lipped to address the concerns of aggrieved stakeholders.

However, as the crisis deepens, the President of the Liberia Basketball Association, Rufus Anderson, told reporters recently that the Association will release a resolution on the situation and forward same to FIBA shortly.

Mr. Anderson made the statement recently in Monrovia at a news conference.

What is obvious is that every problem has a solution which requires the collective effort of both parties for amicable resolution.

Meanwhile, the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA)Afrique and the Federation of International Basketball Association(FIBA)have requested LBA to submit its financial report as a precondition to holding elections.

The two basketball world bodies said: “It was important for LBA to submit financial report covering the activities of the Association in recent years for trenchancy and accountability.”


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