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LFA finalizes players international scholarship scheme

By Kolubah Zayzay

The Liberia Football Association (LFA) Vice President for Administration, Musa Shannon, says his office is about to finalize an international scholarship scheme for Liberian players.

According to Mr. Shannon, the international scholarship scheme is to give Liberian players an opportunity to further their education in the United States.

He said: “The initiative is expected to benefit several Liberian Footballers plying their career on the local scene. It is to be carried out under the banner, LFA Education Program.”

The LFA Vice President also said: “Sixty percent (60%) of the arrangement has already been reached.”

Mr. Shannon made the disclosure to Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in Monrovia.

“More than five universities in the Americas, including the Robert Morris University in Pittsburg, USA are part of the deal,” the LFA executive further noted.

Mr. Shannon is said to have graduated from the Robert Morris University in Pittsburg and while there, he became the all-time leading scorer that qualified him to be admitted in the Sports Hall of Fame.

“I have spoken with several Universities in the U.S. on the issue. Those universities spoken to include the West Point University in New York, Holy Cross University in Michigan, among others,” he added.

The LFA 1st Vice President also noted: “The reintroduction of the international scholarship scheme is aimed at giving career to the players as a way of preparing them for life After the Game.”

“What happens after they have retired from playing football is the concern of this program,” Shannon commented.
It can be recalled that several Liberian footballers benefited from similar program during the 1980s and 1990s.

Some Liberian Footballers who benefitted from such program include Mr. Shannon, Deputy Minister for Sports, Dionysius Sebwe, Sam Bedford and John Menyongai, commonly referred to as Pinkinjohn.

“We believe our players need to further their education like we did and because of that, we are negotiating to reestablish the LFA Education Program to afford our players the opportunity to become educated while playing university, or college football,” Musa stated.

He added: “This is some of the works we have been doing behind the curtain and we are hopeful that the stakeholders will allow us remain working with the President to complete this negotiation for the promotion and development of football in Liberia.”

   The LFA Vice President for Administration, who boosted of being loyal to the local football chief, added: “Over the years, some of his works, including proposal writing and negotiating for international friendlies raised about US$200,000.”


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