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IE’s Board appoints Samuel Wlue as President

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Interim President of the IE Sports Association, Samuel Wlue
Interim President of the IE Sports Association, Samuel Wlue

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Board of Directors of the Invincible Eleven (IE) Majestic Sports Association has appointed National Housing Authority Managing Director, Samuel Wlue, as Interim President of the Association.

Mr. Wlue was appointed recently as Interim President of IE, the oldest existing football club in Liberia.

Following series of Board Meetings and his acceptance of the Board’s decision, the National Housing Authority Boss’ appointment was finally confirmed Monday, September 19, 2016.

The IE’s Board’s Chairman, Eugene Shannon, speaking to ELBC Sports Monday said: “The Board reached a unanimous decision in August to name Mr. Wlue as President of the IE majestic Sports Association, and that he has accepted the appointment.”

Mr. Wlue, according to his letter of appointment, will run the affairs of IE for the next two years.

In his acceptance letter to the IE Board, Mr. Wlue said: “After deliberations with my family and friends, I registered my acceptance to your communication to serve as Interim President of the IE Majestic Sports Association.”

“It is my ardent hope that my preferment will bring about much synergy amongst Executives and Members of the Association.”

He added that he believes the appointment will create a robust machinery to move the Association forward and help Yellow Boys (IE) regain its indomitable reputation that once highlighted the glory days of the association.

Mr. Wlue, an ardent fan of the Yellow Boys, has a mammoth task in reawakening one of Liberia’s football power houses that has struggled for existence since the civil crisis in Liberia.

IE had not gone to election to elect officials of the club since 2010 when Dr. Richard Tolbert and others were elected.

Since Dr. Tolbert’s resignation from the Association, the Board of Directors has only managed to name Caretaker Presidents.

Mr. Wlue will take over from Mr. Sam Gibson who resigned as President of the Association just before the start of the last football league season.

IE failed to participate in the last LFA League season, because of several constrains.

Such constrains, according to Dr. Shannon, has been worked on by the Board of Directors and that the Association is gearing up to feature in the pending LFA First Division League.

IE, founded in 1943, has won many league titles in Liberia and has produced several big-name football stars in the country, like the Legendary George Weah, but failed to establish itself into a corporate entity to acquire properties of its own.

IE rivaled with Mighty Barrolle in the years before the civil wars for supremacy in Liberian football, but that revelry seems to have died during the war years as there has been no taste of serious rivalry between the two clubs.

Both IE and Barrolle are no longer considered top notch clubs in Liberia, owing to their dismal showings in the National Football leagues in past years.

Though IE won the LFA Premiership in 2007, the club was relegated to the second division, but qualified for the first division a season later.

Their known rival, Mighty Barrolle, suffered similar relegation to the second division, where the Red Boys spend three seasons before gaining promotion to the top league the immediate past season.

Mr. Wlue is taking over the IE Majestic Sports Association, amidst the dissolution of the Basketball team.

IE’s Basketball team has been dissolved since a fine was imposed on them by both Fiba-Afrique and the local Basketball Association in 2009 for disturbing during an International tournament in the Ivory Coast.

Fans of the club have either gone into hiding, or joined other clubs such as BYC, LISCR FC, FC Fassell and Nimba United.

The demise of the IE and Barrolle rivalry and supremacy in the country has seen BYC, FC Fassell, LISCR FC and Nimba United opened a new chapter of football in Liberia.

Invincible Eleven & Majestic Sports Association, Inc. also known as Invincible Eleven (I.E.) is a football club from Liberia based in Monrovia. They are one of the founding members of football in the country.



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