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Amputee Lonestar fund raising rally Shunned!

By Richard Manuba
A leading player of the Liberia Ampetee National Team
A leading player of the Liberia Ampetee National Team

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-Liberia’s Amputee Football Team suffered a serious setback over the weekend when the rally they organized to raise funds turnout poorly in terms of attendance.

The head of the Liberian flag-bearers, Melvin Gotteh, and his corps of officers had gone to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with high hopes of raising US$13,000 to host the game.

The physically-challenged form of football suffered a serious setback over the weekend as a rally they organized to raise the funds turnout poorly in terms of attendance.

Melvin Gotteh, head of amputee football in Liberia and his corps of officers had gone to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with high hopes of raising US$13,000 to honor the hugely publicized international friendly with Kenya.

The duel between Liberia and the East Africans is the first since Liberia began participating in the one-legged football game in 2007.

The long list of patrons included executives of publicly and privately-owned corporate entities.

Institutions invited as patronize the rally comprised the National Port Authority, Oil refiners (LPRC), social security and welfare corporation (NASSCORP), National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), and the telecommunications company, Lonestar Cell MTN.

Distinguished personalities from a broad spectrum of the Country including Lawmakers, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, former heads of Liberia’s Football Association and chairpersons of the various committees on sports at the National Legislature could not be seen at the rally when it commenced.

Before the rally, a football match was held to entertain the special guests. It ended 2-1 in favor of the National Team, ‘Lonestar.’

The unfortunate situation left leaders of the amputee football and sports associations in utter despair, as the President, Cooper Melvin Gotteh, told mylbsonline.com: “We feel being abandoned by society when such thing happens to us.”

Melvin, however, pulled the broken pieces together through these encouraging words: “We take matters in stride and remain hopeful of wearing smiles in the end.”

A local media marketing firm was recently replaced with a fundraising mobilization committee to help generate needed awareness and funds to host Kenya on August 24, 2013.

August 24 is celebrated every year in Liberia as a national holiday commonly referred to as ‘Flag Day.’ Flag Day was the day the Liberian flag was first hoisted, thus further proclaiming the birth of a new and independent nation on the west coast of Africa.

The committee is headed by Liberia Sports Writers Association President, Fombah Kanneh.

The committee strategized an exhibition match, coupled with the rally, to begin its work, but that did not get the deal done well to seal the US$13,000 projected to underwrite the bills for the Liberia/Kenya ‘Flag Day’ international friendly.

Still keeping faith in a positive outcome, Kanneh and Gotteh also told mylbsonline.com Sports that their hopes are certainly high that Liberia’s Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will intervene to bolster the cash-hunt by the Amputee Lonestar.

The Kenyans are expected to arrive in Monrovia Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Individuals or institutions willing to make a donation to this worthy cause are asked to kindly contact telephone number: +231886487774. 

 


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