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LFA hopes for the best; team leaves Thursday; Idrissa Kaba in Ghana

 

As African countries strive to secure slots to participate in the 2018 Russia World Cup, Liberia will join seven others to fight for honors in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) in Takoradi, Ghana. The national team, made up of local stars, is expected to leave Monrovia on Thursday for Ghana. The team will play Senegal in their first match. The tournament is from Sept. 9-24. Other teams in the Liberian group are Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. The other group members in Zone B, are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, and Nigeria.

The technical director of the LFA, Henry Browne, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the national team is going to participate in the tournament with the hope that they will represent the country well. The players, meanwhile, are aware that the winner of the tournament will be rewarded with US$100, 000, the runner-up will receive US$50, 000, and third place – US$25,000.

According to the organizers (WAFU and Fox), air travel and accommodation and local transportation will be provided to all participating teams. Additionally, during the second round, in the 1/8th finals each country will receive US$10,000, including other financial awards. The 1/8th finals are competitions held at a single venue at the Takoradi Sports Stadium. The other 1/8th finals will be held at the Cape Coast Stadium.

For example, if Liberia qualifies from the 1/8th finals, she will proceed to the next finals (the knockout round). If Liberia is successful as winners in their next game, they will be paired with other teams from the next group, for which they will then receive US$10,000. This system of competition goes by several names, including single-elimination tournament; Olympic system; a bump-off; a knockout (or, knock-out); single penetration; and sudden death tournament. From there, they will proceed to the play-off, where the real money will be.

And so, how prepared are the members of the national team for the WAFU Tournament? While the team had some initial problems, the players’ previous two-tiered games against Mauritania, losing at home and winning away, could be used as part of the preparation. They won against Mauritania in Nouakchott with limited number of fans, but lost their first leg match at home, where there were hundreds of supports. It is clear that the tournament is loaded with all the West African giants, though they only will field local material, and it indicates also that success in such a tournament would require team and psychological preparation.

To date the local Lone Star has not played any friendly or test match to evaluate their preparedness, so we can only assume that with Thomas Kojo in charge, he could repeat the Mauritania surprise in Ghana, particularly in their first game against the Terenga Lions of Senegal, and ensure his boys are set to earn some of the money at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, WAFU Referees Committee chairman, Liberia’s Idrissa Kaba, left Monrovia for Ghana yesterday in his first official assignment. Kaba is to supervise referees that are selected to handle all the games in the WAFU Tournament.

Published in Lonestar News
Monday, 04 September 2017 19:18

Lone Star to Depart Monrovia Wednesday

 
 
 
 

With less than five days to the kickoff of the 2017 Fox Sports sponsored West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament in Ghana, the national team, Lone Star, is expected to depart the country for Ghana on Wednesday, according to deputy coach Thomas Kojo.
Making the disclosure in a live phone-in interview over the weekend, coach Kojo said the team is currently facing financial difficulties, adding that the team is yet to go camping since the start of their preparation.

Lone Star on August 21 began training sessions with locally based players and some inactive players including Marcus Macaulay, Sekou Jabateh, Isaac Pupo and Solomon Grimes.

Coach Kojo said the four players were only afforded the opportunity to train with the local players based on the recommendation of technical director, Henry Brown. The players’ inclusion in the training, however, raised eyebrows among national team supporters who said that it would be unfair for the FA to use these players and yet leave out the much younger and upcoming ones.

Lone Star will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal in their first match in Group B.

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Sports journalist Danesius Marteh has requested the Minister of Youth and Sports, Saah Charles N’tow, to speedily investigate what he described as a physical assault that left him with a sore left knee and bruises on his right eye, allegedly by national team head coach James Salinsa Debbah on Saturday, August 26, after a Fabric 101.1 FM weekend sports program. Marteh said he has suffered physical, emotional and professional pains. “Doctors at Clora Clinic in New Kru prescribed one-week injection to ease pains in my knee at a cost of US$100,” he told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview yesterday.

Marteh said the assault has also affected him psychologically as a professional journalist. He said he is yet to make a formal complaint to the Liberia National Police because he wants sports officials, including those at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Football Association to intervene to restore sanity. He said during the assault, co-presenter Trojan Molley Kiazolu’s (who attempted to separate the two) wristwatch was destroyed.

He claimed that Coach Debbah’s anger got the worst of him when he was reminded by Mr. Marteh about his post on Facebook on October 5, 2015 where he labeled LFA President Musa Bility as a “novice to football development” and a conflicting statement at a news conference on December 29, 2016, where he (Debbah) described Mr. Bility as the “Best LFA President ever.”

With the contradiction obvious, Debbah reportedly denied making the post and said he was not on the show to engage in any confrontation with Mr. Marteh. What broke the camel’s back was when Mr. Marteh, on an issue of delayed salaries, agreed to an earlier comment by Mr. Musa Shannon that Africa is replete with stories of coaches going months without pay who resigned in protest and then complaining to Fifa; suggesting that Coach Debbah could do the same. Marteh said he made reference to Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, who terminated his contract as coach of Uganda over unpaid wages on July 29, 2017.

“I also said Mr. Debbah won’t resign because he has proven to be ‘consistently inconsistent’ since his appointment in November 2014,” Marteh said. With that said, Marteh apparently did not know what was coming for him, and later said: “Mr. Debbah then left the studio meant for guests and came to the control board where Mr. Kiazolu and I were seated and landed a punch on my face.” The enormity of the punch had a telling effect on the journalist, with bruises and a black eye. And since the publication of the assault many soccer fans have condemned Coach Debbah’s alleged attack on the journalist.

Said one in a phone conversation “If Coach Debbah can’t stand criticisms, then he must quit the job as a national coach because so long as the national team is not doing well he will be criticized.” This was Marteh’s own confession after Coach Debbah reportedly floored him at the count of 10: “A physical exchange ensued where I was dragged to the ground by the coach before Messrs. Worwee and Kiazolu came to my rescue in the main ‘On Air’ studio.” Many who saw the fight said the journalist was lucky that his colleagues, Worwee and Kiazolu, were present, as it could have been a disaster for him.

In Marteh’s appeal to Minister N’Tow, he made mention of a litany of attacks he has received against his person and pleaded with the minister to lead a campaign to ensure that those in leadership should expect criticism in the discharge of their duties, and should not resort to violence as a defense to create fear in those whose duty it is to encourage check and balance in their work. Calls to Coach Debbah for clarification did not materialize as his phone was switched off and a text message was not returned.

Published in Lonestar News
Friday, 25 August 2017 14:39

LFA Must do the Right Thing

Wleh Bedell is the founder of the Liberia Football Players Association (LIFOPA), an analyst, pundit, writer who is currently writing his first book on Liberian football. Mr. Bedell is described by some as a critic, the walking encyclopedia of Liberian football for his in-depth knowledge of the country’s football. Bedell worked as a reporter and editor of www.liberiansoccer.com, also, as Assistant Secretary General of the Sports Writers association of Liberia (SWAL), and Public Relations Officer at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC). As a commentator, over the years he has worked for several newspapers and online magazines. The football analyst is also a certificated Coach and has for the past 13 years promoted more Liberian players to clubs outside the country, besides George Weah. His critical stance on the Lone Stars, Liberia’s national football team, and his write-ups on the way forward for the country’s football development program hence, his respect and advocacy for players’ welfare has won him many admirers in and out of the country.

 

By Wleh Bedell

 

Another football season is over and despite the acrimony that surrounded a PROEST saga which led to FC Fassell losing 12 points after the Liberia Football Association (LFA) ruled into a protest filed by LISCR against three players of Fassell who were ineligible after receiving cards in previous matches, but were fielded in subsequent matches which from all indication was an act of cheating, something inimical to Fair play and the growth of the game. Players Jeremy Saygbay, John Jasay and Alvin MCcornel were the players in question per the protest filed by LISCR on June 17. 

After weeks of meticulously looking into the matter, the FA Grievance committee ruled in favor of LISCR as Fassell had 12 points deducted from them with the likes of Mighty Barrolle, Jubilee and Keitrace all benefitting points with LISCR being catapulted to the top of the tree and despite an APPEAL from the Soccer Missionaries as Fassell are fondly known, the LFA held on to its earlier decision of 12 points deduction from Fassell.

The People's team are LISCR are nicknamed have cruised as champions after a hectic season.

 

With the protest saga over and Fassell denied their first top flight crown because of their own negligence by fielding ineligible players, there is another crucial issue which has to do with a complaint filed by LPRC Oilers against one of the three players LISCR filed a protest against.

Player Alvin MCcornel, a mainstay for Fassell, a regular fixture, defensive linchpin and defense ace for FC Fassell is the one in question as the Oilers have filed a protest against his club for fielding him despite being ineligible. On July 2, 2017.

Player MCcornel featured for Fassell against LPRC Oilers in the latter 1-0 loss at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS). However, according to documents in the form of the LFA Cards Tally Sheet, MCcornel should not have being featured in such a duel as he was illigitimate after receiving a straight red card by referee George Rogers on April 23, 2017 at the ATS in which Fassell lost 3-2.

As per the rules, after receiving a straight red card, player MCcornel should have missed the next three games. But, the player only missed the first match against LISCR. Instead of missing the next two matches involving Mighty Barrolle and Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), the club managed to bend the rules and engaged in cheating by fielding the player and they even went further by featuring player MCcornel against Keitrace and Oilers which simply means Fassell had no respect for the rules, and promoted the devilish act of cheating in their desperation to win at all cost.

 See matches Fassell was involved in after MCcornel was red carded in the match with Nimba United on April 23, 2017.

 

May 14, 2017: Fassell vs LISCR ( Did not Feature)

 

May 31, 2017: Barrolle vs Fassell ( Featured)

 

June 11, 2017: Fassell vs BYC ( Featured)

 

June 19, 2017: Jubilee vs Fassell ( Featured)

 

June 24, 2017: Keitrace vs Fassell ( Featured)

 

July 2, 2017: Fassell vs Oilers ( Featured)

 

Thus, this is proof that MCcornel was illegitimate when he featured against the Oilers. It can be recalled that the likes of Barrolle, Keitrace and Jubilee all received points as a result of Fassell 12 points deduction for fielding illegitimate players against them.

The major question is how come the Oilers did not benefit from the protest also since MCcornel was not legal when he featured against them. The FA noted that "by the time LISCR were filing the protest,  the match Fassell, Oilers had not being played".

The Oilers have since gone on to file a COMPLAINT, specifically on July 21, 19 days after their match with Fassell with the required fees in filing a complaint paid.

 

The LFA is therefore under serious scrutiny as sources at the LFA say just like LISCR that provided the Card Tally Sheet as evidence of their protest, the Oilers submitted same and connoisseurs are wondering as to what the outcome of the complaint by Oilers would be as both teams provided the same documents as evidence as per information from sources at the LFA. If the Oilers will not win the complaint which would raise eye brows and spark controversy, then there will be serious questions yearning for answers as to how LISCR won their protest filed when both clubs evidences was to just be compared to the FA game sheets as it relates to the matches in question.

 

If the evidence provided by Oilers is anything to go by and cannot win the complaint then it may seem that the protest won by LISCR was gimmick, theatric, pseudo, fake and in fact a movie.

The facts are there and the FA is under the spotlight. The LFA must therefore do the right thing unorder not to impugn its image with a decision to rob the Oilers of three points in the midst of glaring evidence.

It would surmise that the FA  is inconsistent, contradicted itself in curbing cheating and will be shooting itself in the foot !

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Published in LFA League
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 01:29

Lone Star Begins Preparation for WAFU

 

  
 

Following its exit from the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifiers after a 1-2 aggregate defeat against Mauritania, the Lone Star will today kickstart preparations for its next tournament, the West African Football Union Nations Cup slated for September in Ghana. Liberia’s Lone Star was paired against the Teranga Lions of Senegal in Group B during the FOX Sports sponsored tournament draw held in Ghana on July 28, 2017.

 

According to the team’s technical department, in collaboration with the technical staff of the Liberia Football Association, 22 players comprising local and out-of-contract foreign based players will commence training at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. Local players listed by the department include goalkeepers Abdulai Koulibaly of Monrovia Club Breweries and Tommy Songo of LISCR FC. Defenders include Aloysius S. Simujla, Nuwo Johnson and Alvin McConnell, all from FC Fassel; Carlos Williams and Malacar Cooper of Watanga FC; and Kemoh Kamara of BYC. Others include Prince Balde of Monrovia Club Breweries and LISCR FC’s Richard Lloyd.

 

Other local players called up include BYC’s outstanding forward David Teklo Tweh, John Jaysay, James P. Walatee and Terrence Tisdell, all of FC Fassel; Watanga FC’s forward Kelvin Potis and the 2016/2017 league season’s top goal scorer in all competitions, Amadiah Kawah of Keitrace FC. The rest of the local based players include strikers Van Dave Harmon and Mark Paye of BYC, LISCR FC’s Christopher Jackson and Mustapha Lomell of Nimba United. International players that are currently out of contract invited to justify for the team include Marcus Macaulay, Sekou Jabeteh, Isaac Pupo and Solomon Grimes.

 

The team will need a win against Senegal in its first match to secure a spot in the group stage of the tournament.

Published in Lonestar News
Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:58

Oscar Dorley Continues Impressive Form

Scores as FK Tarkai trash FK Utenis Utena 4-0

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The Lithuanian league is a tough league where eight teams play up to 28 rounds, with each team playing its opponents four times in a single season. Currently, there is only one Liberian player, Murphy Oscar Dorley, plying his soccer career in this league, after signing a three-and-a-half year contract with FK Tarkai in July 2016. Since scoring his three goals for the club during his debut season, midfielder Dorley’s performance in the Lithuanian league continue to trend the right path as the young midfielder continue to record his name on the team’s score sheet.

Though the main functions of a midfielder involve creating goals and disrupting opposing team players, midfielder Dorley continues to create and score goals. Following his last four goals in three consecutive league games back in May, the 19-year-old returned to the scoring sheet yesterday after scoring in FK Tarkai’s 4-0 win over FK Utenis Utena. The former Monrovia Club Breweries midfielder slotted home his fifth league goal in the 56th minute to help his side secure comprehensive victory, with his side remaining in the second position on the league table.

FK Tarkai  is now has 41 points out of 21 matches; six points behind the league leaders Zalgiris.

With the team’s top goal scorer Maksim Maksimov topping the chat with 10 goals, the Liberian international midfielder is the second top goal scorer with 5 goals. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player award after helping his side to finish in the second position last season. The 19-year-old has so far scored nine goals in all competitions for the Lithuanian club

Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:55

Round Up of Liberian Players Abroad

 

Several Liberian players were over the weekend in action abroad for their respective clubs.

In South Africa, Anthony Laffor’s Mamelodi Sundowns were booted out in the quarter finals of the MTN8 Cup following a 1-0 defeat against Maritzburg United FC after Zimbabwean attacker Evans Rusike slotted home the lone goal in the 58th minute. Forward Laffor started from the substitution bench in the 60th minute, but the 32-year-old’s involvement did not narrow the 1-0 score margin. Sundowns will return to action on August 19 against Super Sports United to kickstart the 2017/2017 Premier Soccer League campaign.

In Turkey, Tonia Tisdell returned to action after several months of absence from the playing pitch. But, the attacker’s return on Sunday was marked by a nightmare after he was awarded a red card in the 89th minute, less than 15 minutes after he was introduced in the 75th minute.

In Lithuania, midfielder Oscar Dorley featured for the full 90 minutes in Trakai FK’s 2-2 draw with Žalgiris over the weekend; making his 32nd appearance since joining the club in 2016.
The 19-year-old midfielder has so far scored five goals out of 17 appearances since he joined the club in 2017. The young midfielder is expected to feature for the club’s next match tomorrow when they go against Utenis Utena.

In Russia, 18-year-old forward Sylvanus Nimely came off the bench with less than three minutes to the end of the game in Spartak Moscow II’s 3-1 win over Zenit II in the Russian Football National League. The forward has been featured in the last three matches in both Spartak Moscow I and II.

 

 

By Paul Nicholson

August 15 – In what looks like a further attempt to clean house of dissenting voices within the federation, the Liberian FA (LFA) has suspended its legal director Benedict Yarsiah “with immediate effect without pay, for time indefinite, pending an investigation.”

The specific charges against Yarsiah are unclear though he is “accused of a significant breach of ethics, as well as dissemination of sensitive and confidential information to the general public.”

By suspending Yarsiah without pay the LFA is acting as judge and jury with the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ having been abandoned. The open-ended timescale is of particular concern and endemic of a federation that appears to manage its affairs for the personal benefit of individuals rather than the sport.

The Liberian FA (LFA) and its president Musa Hassan Bility (pictured far right) have been accused by stakeholders of multiple counts of misappropriation of LFA funds. Staff have gone unpaid, some for as long as a year, clubs have not received grants or prize money, referees have not been paid, competitions have been cancelled or reduced, and the LFA has been accused of issuing fake invoices and double accounting. A forensic audit has been requested but FIFA has to date ignored all requests.

The growing public awareness of the situation is embarrassing for FIFA’s executive and particularly its general secretary Fatma Samoura and president Gianni Infantino who have been repeatedly made aware of the situation but have refused to contact stakeholders and act on the issues raised.

Bility, who has been a powerful supporter of Infantino and rallying support for his causes in Africa, has boasted that he can do anything and is protected by his relationship with FIFA’s president.

However, not everything has gone Bility and Infantino’s way. Most recently CAS overturned an LFA decision to eject Rochell Woodson from their executive committee while she was on maternity leave. Woodson has been an outspoken critic of the Bility regime and Liberian football injustice. Bility has been forced to accept that judgement.

Yarsiah’s letter of suspension refers him “to the office of the president” if he has any questions. His suspension allows him to attend football matches but not to enter the playing area.

Interpol issues warrant for Bility

The LFA’s financial troubles look to be wrapped up in Bility’s own financial lifestyle and issues.

A report in the New Democrat Liberia newspaper says that Interpol has issued an arrest warrant against Bility for his extradition to Nigeria in connection with an alleged $2.4 million criminal transaction.
Bility is being sued in Nigerian by Kunle Roberts for issuing false cheques in a multimillion dollar petrol deal. Roberts’ company Drake Alliance Oil Trading FZE reached an agreement with Bility’s Nexis Enterprise Inc. and Srimex Oil and Gas for the shipment of petroleum products for Bility’s companies in Liberia.

Bility didn’t pay the $2.4 million fee though took delivery of the oil shipment. As part of a renegotiated agreement Bility agreed to pay in instalments but then started issuing cheques that bounced.
Interpol-Abuja alerted Interpol Liberia, Monrovia, and a warrant of arrest was issued via an INTERPOL Red notice No.2017/134358.

FIFA are likely aware of these issues as they prevented Bility from running for the FIFA presidency in 2015. Bility subsequently switched his allegiance to Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, and then to Infantino.

Since then Bility has rewarded with his election to the executive committee of the African Football Confederation (CAF) this year in the elections that saw the end of Issa Hayatou’s regime and the ushering in of a new cabal of football executives in Africa with Ahmad Ahmad as the new president of CAF.

Bility has a high political profile in Liberia having resigned from the ruling Unity party and taken a position with the opposition Liberty Party where he is running the presidential campaign of Charles Walker Brumskine. Ironcially Brumskine has been standing on an anti-corruption platform. Bility is believed to have escaped arrest by travelling on a diplomatic passport.

Despite all of this he appears to be very much FIFA’s man on the ground in Liberia.

Contact the writer of this story at moc.llabtoofdlrowedisni@noslohcin.luap

Published in LFA League
Monday, 14 August 2017 13:18

LISCR Becomes Double Champions

LISCR forward yells for victory after the final whistle

Wins FA Cup

By Anthony Kokoi

Tapha Manneh secured his record fifth FA Cup final win after LISCR FC comprehensively defeated ELWA United 3-0 yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to complete its double champions status in the 2016/2017 Liberia Football Association National League. Midfielder Stephen Seameh slotted home the opener in the 23rd minute after perfectly sending in a rebound with a brilliant right-foot strike from inside the penalty area, before forward Edward Ledlum came off the bench to double the Shipping Boys’ lead midway through the second half. With still more time left to play in the second half, Sekou Sherriff finally secured the victory for coach Manneh in the 77th minute after scoring his fourth free kick in the knockout. LISCR got the free kick after midfielder Allen Njie was brought down right at the edge of the box.

LISCR players celebrate after midfielder Stephen Seameh got the opening goal.

LISCR, outstanding throughout, kept its focus of winning the knockout title having outlined the competition as its major target of the season. Despite drawing their two previous meetings in the championship, ELWA United proved to be a weaker opponent with less attempts on goal. The team looked satisfied with its automatic qualification to represent Liberia at the CAF Confederation Cup as runners-up of the FA Cup due to LISCR winning the championship. That makes the team Liberia’s representative at next year CAF Champions League.

Manneh and his substitute players jumped with joy at the final whistle, having achieved such a milestone for the Shipping Boys and the Liberian league – his record fifth FA Cup title out of seven finals.

Published in LFA League
Monday, 14 August 2017 12:40

LFA Must Show Transparency

 

 

 

By Wleh Bedell

The Liberia Football Association   (LFA) 2017 national league is over with LISCR FC emerging as champions, courtesy of a 12 point deduction from FC Fassell after investigation by the LFA Grievance Committee ruled in favor of LISCR that filed a protest against FC Fassel Though they LISCR did not benefit from points deducted from Fassell directly, the fact that they were in second spot behind the then league leaders made things relatively easy for them as the catapulted to the top of the tree to win the championship.

 

The season was not without controversy as the protest that led to 12 points deduction from Fassell sparked huge debate as there were contrasting views on the matter, but with the rules being the rules, the pendulum turned in LISCR favor and are now the new champions of the LFA elite league.

 

LISCR had filed a protest against three players of FC Fassell; Jeremy Sengbe, John Jasay and Alvin Mcornel who according to the communication from LISCR to the FA failed to serve suspension as a result of cards received in previous matches. And with the league raging on and connoisseurs giving their views on the issue, there were many itching to know the outcome of such protest. To prove their case, the shipping boys LISCR produced the cards tally sheet from the Liberia Football Association. In the end, Fassell FC lost 12 points and LISCR got such salient document should not really be the cardinal issue as in the end, Fassell were ruled against by the FA with only player Sengbe at the apex or crux of the ruling from the local football house.  Fassell later took an APPEAL contesting the ruling, but it soon went in oblivion for ecstasy to be in the camp of LISCR as they won their third top flight crown, their first in four years.

 

But, while the champions are now known after months of bickering which even led Fassell to declare themselves as champions after walking away with free three points due to relegated outfit ELWA not showing up for their final match. The FA though which has the final saying declared LISCR  as champions.

 

The championship saga is over but another issue seems to be looming which could spark controversy and bring the LFA under the spotlight. This has to do with LPRC Oilers COMPLAINT filed on July 20 against FC Fassell for fielding an illegitimate player, Alvin MCcornel against them on July 2, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in a match Oilers lost 1-0. The Oilers as per the league table at the end of the season are placed in tenth place which is an indication they are in the relegation zone and as it stands as they are one of three teams to be dropped to the Second Division.

 

 However, judging from the protest filed by LISCR which they won submitting the LFA Cards Tally Sheet to authenticate their claim, is just the same sheet the Oilers also have and have since submitted same to the LFA to verify their claim also.

On the sheet, it is glaring that FC Fassell engaged in cheating as they fielded player MCcornel who was serving a three game ban.

It can be recollected that on April 23, 2017, MCcornel received a straight red card in his side 3-2 loss to Nimba United at the ATS. Thus, he was suspended for the next three games as per the rules of the LFA league relative to a player receiving a straight red card. MCcornel missed the next match against LISCR on May 14, was surprisingly fielded in the next match against Barrolle, May 31, Fassell  vs Barrack Young Controllers ( BYC), June 11, Jubilee vs Fassell, June 19, Fassell vs Keitrace, June 24 and Fassell vs Oilers on July 2, 2017. Thus, just like LISCR, the Oilers claims are genuine and if LISCR won a protest based on evidence of the LFA own cards tally sheet, then the COMPLAINT must be ruled in the Oilers favor in getting three points.

 

This means, Mighty Barrolle who ended the league with two points above the Oilers as a result of benefitting from three points from the LISCR protest that caused a 12 point deduction from Fassell will be relegated with the Oilers restoring parity on the log to move to ninth place with a point over the Rollers. The Oilers after securing a solitary goal win against Barrolle on July 24, left the relegation zone with a point over their opponents, but the three points received from the mammoth 12 points deducted from Fassell has placed them above the Oil boys.

 

Indeed, this is a litmus test for the LFA and if the Oilers cannot  win the complaint, then the local football house must reverse its decision and declare FC Fassell as champions of 2017.

 

An attempt to deprive the Oilers three points in the midst of key evidence will be described as a football faux pas, one of sheer absurdity, the raising of eyebrows, sparking of controversy, a shame, football witch hunt and a very inconsistent nature.

The Oilers no doubt deserve a top flight stay and the LFA must be intrepid in ensuring the Oilers win the Complaint as the evidence is clear as a sunny day.

 

 
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