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Marwolo Gissie...In America

Two Liberian football players have officially joined the newly established American Football club, Bethlehem Steel FC.

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musa bility5LFA Prexy Musa Bility

...Bility Discloses

Ahead of this month's elections for the presidency of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), there are reports that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has resolved to support Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa of Bahrain for world's top position in football.

Salman is President of the Asian Football Confederation and cousin of the King of Bahrain. He's also Manchester United fan who lived in London and is an accountant by training.

The decision by CAF to support Salman was reached at a meeting held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
The body's vote for the Asian is a huge political blow to South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale who failed to impress heads of the various associations. 

CAF's choice ahead of the election scheduled for February 26, 2016 could prove decisive to the outcome of the contest.  

However, the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Musa Hassan A. Bility has clearly indicated that the local football house will not support CAF's choice of candidate in the election.

According to him, the continental football body does not have voting right to decide on a candidate; instead, it is institutional members from across the continent can make such a decision.
He said CAF cannot make such a decision on their behalf without informing them.

Speaking on ELBC weekend sports, Mr. Bility told reporters that the LFA will on Monday, February 8, 2016 come out with the name of the candidate of their choice for the FIFA presidency.

“We will not listen to CAF, even though we have received calls from many of the candidates and have evaluated them, but we will announce the name of our candidate today; it will not be secret,” the Liberian FA President stressed.

It can be recalled, late last year, the FIFA Ad hoc Electoral Committee barred Mr. Bility from participating in the election on grounds that he had failed integrity checks.

In November 2016, Bility was one of the seven candidates for the FIFA presidency who was excluded from the election after failing integrity checks.

FIFA's electoral committee has announced that Mr. Bility wasn't eligible to stand but did not reason for his exclusion public.

The Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, passed the checks despite claims from human rights groups he was involved in a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in his home country, Bahrain.

Other candidates who were cleared of allegation of corruption include Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, the former Fifa official Jérôme Champagne from France, the Uefa general secretary, Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, and Tokyo Sexwale, a former anti-apartheid activist from South Africa.

FIFA said in a statement that: “The integrity check included a review of corporate records, litigation cases, bankruptcy proceedings, potential regulatory actions taken against the candidate and a review of media reports concerning potential red flags (fraudulent behavior, match manipulation, human rights violations, etc). 

Bility, 48, appealed to CAS hoping to be recalled and to repair the damage, he said, has been done to his character, but the court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal filed against the ad hoc election committee of FIFA by Mr. Bility on 12 November 2015 in which his candidacy for the February 26, 2016 FIFA presidential election was refused. 

The sports court on December 31, 2015 disclosed that all other motions or prayers for relief were dismissed. The full report, CAS said, would be released 2016 before the February special section election.

At the request of Mr. Bility, and with the agreement of FIFA, an expedited procedure was put in place to enable a final decision on the merits to be issued before the end of 2015. 

FIFA informed the president of the local football house that his candidacy was principally rejected because of a six-month ban from all football activities handed against him in 2013 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the use of confidential documents from the continental body in a legal challenge against its president Issa Hayatou.

The Panel of CAS arbitrators in charge of the procedure held a hearing with the parties on 23 December 2015, and on the last day of the year, issued his decision in which the appeal of Mr. Bility was dismissed.

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NYASOLAnother football academy has been launched in Monrovia - the National Youth Sports Academy of Liberia (N.Y.S.A.L) was established to buttress the effort of the Liberian government to create the necessary opportunities for Liberian kids.

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