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barrollThe Mighty Barrolle Sports Association has announced an infusion of a new corps of officials in its administration to assist in efforts at reversing the floundering fortunes of the Association’s various teams.

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… Following Street Children World Cup

Some of the world’s famous and celebrated footballers of contemporary time came from street corners and other communities to catapult their talents through the global market of soccer.streetsoccer

From Brazil to Ghana, the United States and even here in Liberia, some of the world’s illustrious footballers were recruited from the streets and communities, such as New Kru town, West Point, and Gibratar, where George Weah, a celebrated icon in world soccer is believed to have started his soccer journey.

Today, Weah is a sensation, revered at home and abroad. Like Weah, scores of Liberian kids who were recruited from playing soccer in the streets of Monrovia and other communities have returned home from participating in the Street World Cup held in Brazil. Street football has become a new phenomenon in soccer programs developed by the world’s football governing body, FIFA. Although relatively new, it is gaining unprecedented attention globally.

Team Liberia, a soccer squad that comprises predominantly street children, returned home at the weekend following their participation in the Street World Cup, currently taking place in Brazil. The team’s participation in the Street World Cup was made possible with funding from a charitable group based in United Kingdom. Team Liberia is actually an organization established to help take wayward, abandoned and/or disadvantaged children from the streets and provide opportunities for them through education and sports and prepare a better future for the kids.

The Liberian Street Soccer team joined 19 other countries to participate in the event, but was eliminated from the competition by Burundi after recording successive wins over Chile, Luxembourg and draw against South Africa and Mexico respectively.

Prior to the event, the Liberian representative joined other nations at the competition to remember all of the street children who were either killed in armed conflict or died due to lack of opportunities, particularly those who were killed at Candelåria 21 years ago in Brazil.

A memorial service was held at the very spot, where eight street children were shot dead by Brazilian police in 1993, to highlight the issue of the children’s death, due to the fact that nothing much has been done to protect vulnerable children who are dependent upon the streets.

On April 5, 1993, eight street children were killed by Brazilian Police in the street of Candelaria. The children include: Paulo Roberto de Oliveira, 11 years old, Anderson de Oliveira Pereira, 13 years old, Marcelo Candido de Jesus, 14 year old and Valdevino Miguel de Almeida, 14 years old.

Others are Gambazinho, 17 years old, Leandro Santos da Conceiçåo, 17 years old, Paulo José da Silva, 18 years old and Marcos Antønio Alves da Silva, 19 years old.

However, street children used to gather at the fountain of Candelåria outside of the church to wash and for shelter to sleep, but since the killings; the venue is now used as a place for tribute, with eight red artificial bodies painted on the ground to remind everyone what happened.

Deche, one of the survivors of Candelåria, who was present during the April 5, 2014 ceremony, said these words: “I am really proud to be here and I want to thank everyone for joining me. We are a global community across five continents; today we remember the eight young Brazilians and all of the street children around the world and demand a positive change.”

In a shocking statistics, he said that 24 street children are killed in Brazil every day, an occurrence which Brazilian organizations are desperately trying to stop by reaching out to the Government for more aid this matter.

Rodrigo, aged just 16, was meant be captain of the Brazilian team at the Street Child World Cup this year; unfortunately he was one of those, according to statistics, who was murdered just four weeks before the tournament.

According to reports, Team Liberia has formed a strong bond of cooperation with the Brazilian side following a soccer encounter between the two sides. In the match which Brazilian team won 1-0, players from the two teams celebrated in front of the painting dedicated to Rodrigo, the Brazilian star who died weeks before he was expected to captain his team.

Two players from the Liberian squad, Zwannah Sonnie and Soko Gurley joined together with representatives of other country to share in a minute’s silence, prayers and a scattering of rose petals on the path.

They acted as true ambassadors for their country and for Street Child of Liberia, especially when comforting members of the Brazil side mourning the loss of their leader Rodrego and offering support to other children who have suffered as much as they have.

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weahFootball Legend George Weah has told The NEWS Sports in an exclusive interview that he cherishes the high honor bestowed upon him by the administration of the Liberia Football Association, describing it as a fine thought by Musa Bility’s leadership.

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