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Uncertainty Over Female Team’s Match Against Ethiopia
« on: January 12, 2007, 10:15:25 AM »
There is uncertainty over the participation of Liberia’s female team in the preliminary round of the world under-20 female championship, which is expected to take place in Peking in 2008.

Reports gathered from the Liberia Football Association (LFA) say the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) have bluntly stated that it has absolutely no money to sponsor the female national team in the tournament and as such the team should withdraw.

The LFA says, the Ministry made the disclosure earlier this week, but that the chairman of the women football committee at the LFA Mr. David Kotie has said they will galvanize the necessary sponsorship to ensure that the female team partake in the tournament.

Speaking to the INQUIRER Sports on the issue late yesterday evening, Mr. Kotie admitted that although the Ministry of Youth and Sports has said it does not have funds for the under-20 female national team to partake in the tournament, he and the women football committee were going to do all they can to ensure that Liberia participate.

Mr. Kotie said they are going to lobby with various ministries and agencies including prominent officials of government and private individuals to ensure that they raise the amount needed for the team thereby enabling Liberia’s representation in the prestigious tournament.

Mr. Kotie in an optimistic tone said over 50% of the ministers in this government are supporters of female soccer and as such they would be willing to support the under 20 female national team.  He also noted that they will be seeking sponsorship from business houses and other private entities to ensure that the red, white and blue flag is flown in Peking, China during the 2008 female tournament. 

He also noted that the head of government is a woman and will be desirous to personally support the team.

Mr. Kotie said they have been meeting with some of the players who have also expressed their desire to make some sacrifice so that the country can honor the match.  Among other things, he said the girls have agreed to use their old jerseys and wave per diems for their home match on February 18.

Mr. Kotie confidently said that practice and training section will start effective as of Friday, but noted that they were yet worried of settling indemnities for match officials, hotel bills, transportation etc.

Liberia is scheduled to play Ethiopia on February 18, 2007 in Monrovia, in the preliminary round of the world under-20 female championship.  The championship itself is scheduled to take place in Peking, China in 2008.