20 September 2012

Liberia: Stakeholder Cautions LFA Boss - for Misinterpreting CAF Decision

The President of female soccer club Pro Anchors has strongly condemn the pronouncement made by the President of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility that only Executive Committee members will be allowed to contest the football house presidency.

On Tuesday, Augustus Vogar told newsmen that the FA boss is seriously contradicting himself and misinterpreting CAF decision.

At the September edition of the local football house monthly press confab, Mr. Bility said it was unilaterally voted upon that anyone wanting to become president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should be or must have served as executive committee member of the body, as such all associations and federations within CAF should adopt the new rule.

The stakeholder said Mr. Bility pronouncement is a complete contradiction to what was voted upon in Seychelles.

"CAF action is intended to limit entry for its presidency to current and former members of the Executive Committee but is not extended to members' body", he said.

"Bility said he form part of the six nations that voted against it, then why is it that he wants to call for extraordinary congress to amend that in the LFA statues, it will not work; at no time do CAF talk about members adding the new rules to its status, he is misreading the mandate" he stated.

He noted that Mr. Bility's action is undemocratic and disappointing; he confessed that a democratic leader will not implement such deaconry law.

With the latest announcement, many stakeholders believed that the Musa Bility led administration fear a tough election in 2014 with numerous and powerful names circulating in the corridor for the presidency.

In a statement, the former President of the National Port Authority Sports Association cautioned football stakeholders to not give the LFA Boss claim credit adding that it will not help the development of football but to bring confusion.

"Lets there be a level playing field during the election process for the Football association and allow others to participate; while should one be afraid of competition, if you know you work harder then go in the race" he availed.

Augustus Vogar affirmed that it will be very egotistic and unfair if that law is being enforced on Liberia football.

At CAF extraordinary congress in Seychelles a proposal tabled by the Algerian Football Federation President Mohamed Raouraoua stated that only current and former Executive committee members should contest the CAF presidency. Majority voted upon that and has been amended in CAF status but the football governing body on the continent did not say as to whether its associations or federations will consider their status.

The Pro Anchors boss also frowned on CAF for its cleaver attempt to deny others for taking the helm of football hierarchy on the continent. "That law is dictatorial, this is why football is declining in Africa, and people want to hold onto power" he concluded.

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