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CAF Lifts Musa Bilitys 6-month Ban

By Richard Manuba
Liberia Football Association President, Musa Bility
Liberia Football Association President, Musa Bility

( 24/2013)-The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has officially lifted the 6-month suspension imposed on Liberia Football Association President, Musa Bility.

Latest report from Cairo, Egypt, quotes CAF’s General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani, as having said: “The decision to lift the half-year suspension imposed on Bility was taken at an executive committee meeting Sunday, September 22, 2013.

The statement is contained in the letter addressed to the Liberian FA President.

It read: “In a spirit of fraternity and maintaining harmony within the African football family, CAF is pleased to inform you that its Executive Committee has decided to lift the suspension with immediate effect.”

The latest move by the African football governing body means, Musa Bility’s full authority over Liberian football, nationally and internationally, has been restored.

Back in May of 2013, Bility was accused of unauthorized handling of CAF’s confidential belonging.

The incident occurred during the organization’s elections that gave Dr. Issa Hayatou a renewed mandate to preside over the Continent’s football.

As the wrangling heated then, CAF’s Disciplinary Committee subsequently adjudged the Liberian Football Association boss guilty and hit him with a 6-month suspension.

Mr. Bility and Liberia Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, used the Muslim holy month of ramadam and travel to Hayatou’s private home in Cameroon.

There they negotiate a pardon that eventually led to Hayatou announcing an end to the ban.

But the CAF President’s declaration needed CAF Executive Committee’s approval, which the African governing body says, was done  (Sunday, September 22, 2013).

Musa Bility had told the LFA: “I am elated to return to office to do the work I love best.”

He told the local FA website ( "I am happy that this whole suspension matter is now resolved so that we can look forward to doing the people's work of enhancing football development in Liberia."

LFA Acting president, Musa Shannon, said: “I am grateful that CAF could see reason to lift the ban. The return of Bility will boost the forward march of football development in the country.”

Meanwhile, a news conference is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12 noon.

At the news conference, the LFA President will face the media on his return to office and the way forward.


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