31 January 2013

Liberia: Amputee Federation Cries for Support

The Secretary General of the Liberia Amputee Football Federation is calling on the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to take the bull by the horn by reshuffling the hierarchy of the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Samuel Sastman told New Dawn Sports in a angry mood recently that it will be regrettable if the Chief Patron of Sports did not remove Minister Tonnonlah Varpilah his officials because they have allegedly failed to properly steer the affairs of the ministry.

He expressed frustration over delay by the Youth and Sports Ministry to disburse allotments for sporting federations and associations since the national budget was passed into law last year by the 53rd Liberian Legislature.

He lamented that the current fiscal period will expire in the next eight months, but the Amputee Federation, which is scheduled to go to the amputee world cup, has not received a penny from the budget to prepare for the competition, adding "Where is the US$50,000 allotted in the national budget for us amputees; we need this money to prepare the team for the world cup."

The Liberian Amputee Federation is current champ of the Amputee World Cup, after it defeated its counterpart of Sierra Leone in the last competition. The leadership of the federation is calling on the Chairperson of the House on Youth and Sports, Representative Lester Paye, to intervene in making sure the amputee federation gets what belongs to the body.

"We need to find and setup our offices as champion of the Amputee Nations' Cup in order to prepare for the upcoming nations cup in Kenyan this year", he added.

He said taking the game to various counties as part of preaching peace massages, while recruiting other amputees on the team is the federation's current goal.

"The team needs more support from the ministry and the Liberian people because when we go out, we always bring home the championship and put the country on the map, and we want to do the same again this year", he added. He the reiterated the need for Madam Sirleaf to step in swiftly as the budgetary period is about to elapse.

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