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Why Sekou Konneh is the Right Man for the VPO Job

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first_imgFlashback: Mr. Konneh addresses sports journalists shortly after he returned from the 2017 CAF champions League.By Anthony Stephens The Liberia Football Association goes to Congress this weekend in Monrovia with several issues expected to be discussed for the revamping of the beautiful game in this part of the world. An election for the post of vice president for operations (VPO) of the local football house will be one of the agenda items for Saturday’s congress. The position is unquestionably one of the most strategic and important ones at the LFA.But it’s been inactive and lifeless in recent times—desperately needing a special individual to regain the lost respect that has vanished from this key post. With Liberian football still in a shambolic state, someone with passion, energy, and innovation is urgently needed to turn the country’s administrative woes and misfortunes around. And there’s only one name on my mind at the moment, Sekou Konneh.During my highly successful days as an active sports reporter, I met and promoted so many athletes and administrators. Mr. Sekou Konneh, the current President of Barracks Young Controllers Football Club (BYC FC) was one of them.‘Mr. President,’ as I have always called him, is without argument a prepared, passionate and seasoned football administrator.Renowned for his disciplinary ability and straightforwardness, the BYC supremo is football crazy. He lives, talks, thinks, and walks football. In other words, football is his life and a part of his DNA. He’s not a saint, but no one can doubt his experience, qualification, competence, honesty, and kindheartedness.As a former assistant secretary general of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), I have seen this down to earth man immensely and positively contributing to the growth and development of the beautiful game in Liberia.From transforming underdogs Barracks Young Controllers to a powerhouse in Liberian football to personally and selflessly overseeing the growth and development of players from other clubs, Mr. Konneh has excellently paid his dues to football.It’s time for football to reward him kindly. He deserves a bigger role in football and in this case, the significant VPO position. Aside from all that he brings to football, he has several years of remarkable experience as an educator.Currently, Mr. Konneh, or Ayatollah or Prof. Konneh as his students call him, is the Dean of Liberia College (College of Social Sciences and Humanity) of the University of Liberia (UL). With his challenger in Saturday’s election pulling out, I have no doubt that this reputable football administrator will inject reform, passion, and discipline into the administrative aspect of Liberian football to resurrect it.Anthony Stephens is the former Assistant Secretary General of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man ordered to stand trial in slaying

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first_imgAt 9 p.m. on June 7, two witnesses said, they were outside discussing a witness’ motorcycle parked across the street from Yaber’s house at 9420 Rex Road. They said they saw a suspicious-looking black car with tinted windows driving back and forth on the street. They then watched the car park near Yaber’s house. A man wearing a baseball cap got out of the passenger’s side and walked up to a gate outside Yaber’s house. Then they saw the man raise his arm and heard a loud blast, the witnesses testified. “I seen a male on the ground bleeding in front of the house. \ ran away from the house and the car went the opposite way,” one witness said. Later, both witnesses identified Prado from a six-person photo line-up. “This could be the guy,” one of the witnesses wrote under a picture of Prado. Defense attorney Vivien McGuire questioned the certainty of the witnesses in identifying Prado. One witness said he was 80 percent sure Prado was the gunman when he saw the photo lineup. But in the courtroom, he said he was 70 percent sure. Both witnesses said they saw only the side of the gunman’s face. Yaber’s brother, niece and sister-in-law attended the preliminary hearing. They said they never knew Prado before Yaber’s death. The relatives said they lived together and were at home when he was killed in the front yard. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFearing their witnesses could be targeted for retaliation, investigators asked that the names of the witnesses not be printed. Two witnesses testified that they saw someone who looked like Prado shoot Yaber. Although a specific motive for Yaber’s murder was not given in court, a domestic dispute might have been involved, investigators said. Yaber’s wife was previously married to Prado’s brother, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide investigator Richard Ramirez. “We believe it’s a domestic situation gone bad,” he said. WHITTIER – Witnesses testified Monday that they saw a man who may fit the description of the defendant in a neighborhood shooting last summer. “I heard a loud bang,” a witness testified during a preliminary hearing for Jovanie Prado, 24, of Baldwin Park. Miguel Anthony Yaber, 27, was shot once in the back as he walked to his front door in Pico Rivera on June 7. A month later, Prado was arrested and charged with murder. On Monday, Prado was ordered by a Whittier Court judge to stand trial in Yaber’s death. Prado was scheduled to appear May 8 in Norwalk Court for a second arraignment. last_img read more