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Stakeholder pleads for FA to reciprocate CAF pardon

By Richard Manuba
Mr. Timothy Paulus
Mr. Timothy Paulus

( 29/2013)-An ex-official of Liberian football club, Liberia Black Star, has launched a massive advocacy of pardon for some suspended officials of football in the Country.

Timothy Paulus tells mylbsonline, given that the continental body of football (CAF) has pardoned the Liberian FA President, he, too, [Musa Bility] should extend, similar forgiveness shown him, to his compatriots.

Mr. Paulus wants the FA President lead a process that would see Nimba United President, Adolphus Dolo, and LFA Vice President for Operations, Adolph Laurence, relieved of the separate suspensions they are currently serving.

Mr. Dolo, a former Senator of Nimba County in Northern Liberia, was adjudged guilty by the LFA, banned for two years and fined US$5,000 on accusation of forgery to ensure his club features a player named Charles George.

In their protest to the local football governing body, rival club Watanga FC , argued that Nimba United did not obtain requisite naturalization documents to allow the player, believed to be a Togolese, feature for their team [NUFC] in the 2012/2013 top championship league.

Mr. Laurence’s indefinite suspension by the FA Executive Committee (EC) stems from his alleged gross disregard for fellow EC members. During a sitting early this year, he reportedly exhibited an outburst about some issues relating to the running of the football association.

Speaking to Thursday, September 26, 2013, Mr. Paulus said: “I will meet with Musa Bility to plea with him to lift the suspensions imposed on Mr. Adolphus Dolo, Adolph Laurence and others.”

The former Black Star official also noted: “If apology is the pre-condition to the LFA lifting the bans on Messrs Dolo and Laurence, then they would apologize and I will talk with them to do so for the growth and development of the game.”

“Adolphus Dolo is an investor to Liberian football and people should not pretend not to know that. This man loves football so much and has, in a short period of time, made a huge investment in the game. What has he gotten in return?”

Paulus further added: “It would do the LFA and Liberian football more harm than good, if suspensions and expulsions become the order-of-the-day, especially, for stakeholders who are spending huge sums of hard-earned cash on the game in an effort to redeem the ‘nose-dived’ status of the once blossomed football game in Liberia.”

Paulus’ call has not come with uniqueness, because since it became official that CAF had pardoned the Liberian FA Boss, concerns have been mounting from the sporting circle, calling on the LFA President to reciprocate similar gesture he had enjoyed from CAF.

But in a chat, LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah, said: “Untying the suspension chains of Messrs Dolo and Laurence takes a long haul. The decision does not squarely rest with Mr. Bility alone, but the entire executive committee.”

“For this to be done, the EC must convene an extraordinary session and take a vote on the matter.”

Mr. Armah has also termed as untrue, reports in some sporting quarters, including the Liberian media, that Mr. Bility was witch-hunting football stakeholders ambitious of contesting the LFA Presidency in March, 2014.

The polls could either end Bility’s reign at the helm of the FA, or give him another fresh 4-year mandate.


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