Pags FC Stuns Young Vision FC to Gain Promotion to Division Two

first_imgIt was a joyous moment for Pags FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium after finally getting a promotion to the Second Division following over 4 years in the third division. (Photo credit T Kla Wesley.) Pags FC are heading to Division Two of the Liberia Football Association league for the first time after they scored two goals in each half to a comfortable 4-1 win against Young Vision FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday.A brace from Clearance Koikoi and a goal apiece from Mark Kadley and Adolphus Robert were enough for the Logan Town based club to secure the first slot in the LFA Division Two league.Following their thrilling 5-1 win over Jr. Barcelona in the quarterfinals, the Montserrado club demonstrated their eagerness to advance to the 2nd division.Pags opened the scoring from the penalty spot after striker Kadley perfectly slotted home to put his side in front.Young Vision FC failed to pick up their game throughout the first half and as a result, could not put up a strong challenge.Pags FC made more attempts and skipper Adolphus Roberts came close to doubling the lead in the 26th minute but missed a header. Fifteen minutes later, the captain registered his name on the score sheet with a rebound in the 41st minute.The two goals were enough for the newly promoted side as they went for the first half break. Contrary to their first-half approach, Young Vision FC changed their style of play in the second half hoping to change the trend of the game.Their new style of play yielded a result in the 65th minute after Ezekiel Johnson got what turned out to be their consolation to make the score 2-1.The match became tense and Pags FC came under pressure as their opponents continued to mount pressure in search of another goal.But their hope was dashed by Clearance Koikoi in the remaining 20 minutes. Koikoi became the man of the moment after he scored a brace in the 71st and 88th minutes respectively.Young Vision FC will now wait for the loser of the next semifinals match to get another chance to determine their qualification.This result brought to end the over 5-year spell for the fourth division.In another development, Samira FC and Freeport FC were yesterday put on hold after Bristol FC complained against Samira FC, which the LFA has decided to look into it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Joe Boakai: “Liberia Nears Disaster”

first_imgFormer Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Nyuma Boakai—Says protest is citizens’ constitutional right, calls on Liberians on both sides to exercise restraintMr. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, former Vice President and standard bearer of the erstwhile governing Unity Party (UP), has observed that recent events in the country seem to have taken an usual trend, describing the country as “a ship [without control] adrift on a turbulent sea.”He said the pending December 30th protest is an important factor that “aggrieved groups of citizens use as their constitutional right to assemble, and exercise their freedom of expression.”Mr. Boakai’s comment was contained in a statement he issued to the public on Thursday, December 5, 2019 as a statesman, reminding his fellow countrymen of where the country has been heading to in recent months.“Our country seems to be taking on its own momentum, appearing as though it has become a rudderless ship adrift on a turbulent sea hurtling towards disaster,” the Boakai’s statement said.He added, “Civil servants, teachers and other professional groups are demanding salary arrears, or they would initiate a go slow action.”As regard the pending December 30 nationwide protest under the aegis of the Council of Patriots (CoP), who have called for a ‘Step Down’ of President George Weah, Mr. Boakai therefore urged all sides to exercise restraint, and to work within the confines of the Constitution.He said it is worrisome that the Liberian people, and the world continue to demand full accountability and action regarding the ‘missing’ L$16 billion, and the US$25 million allocated for ‘mopping-up excess liquidity,’ “but in the face of that, economic hardship continues to impact lives throughout the country.”The banks, Boakai said are failing their obligations to depositors whereby families are sleeping with hunger, while students are being thrown out of school for non-payment of tuition and fees.“Overall school enrollment has drastically declined as compared to previous years, while hospitals and healthcare facilities are struggling to attend to the sick, due to lack of basic equipment and supplies; couple with the abrupt closure of businesses,” the Boakai’s statement said.Accordingly, he said inflation is running high, while unemployment defies gravity..meaning it has become “unstoppable.”“In the face of this mounting crisis, the people and our partners look up to President George Weah for assurance, but he has failed to address his people; and has instead, deferred to surrogates, who have resorted to inflammatory language to find scapegoats, and to add fuel to the fire.”“The government,” he said, “has requested the printing of additional money in the face of structural deficiencies, and governance abnormality highlighted by both the Presidential Investigation Team (PIT) and Kroll Reports, which (both) agreed that there are inconsistencies in the Central Bank System; and that the US$25 million mop-up exercise created opportunities for fraud and money laundering.”Moreover, Boakai said the government has not given convincing reasons, nor has it put in place adequate guarantees for “accountability.”“We are all sitting on a tinderbox [and therefore] I urge all sides to exercise restraint, and to work within the confines of the Constitution,” the statement said.As regards the December 30th protest, the statement said it is important that aggrieved group of citizens exercise their constitutional right of assembly, and freedom of expression.Henceforth, he said “The government must perform its obligation to provide security and protection all citizens and foreign residents.”On the threat of civil servants “go-slow,” the statement said government must meet up with its obligation.“These patriotic citizens have played their part; they deserve the dignity of their labour, and the right to provide for their families. Therefore, we must not overturn the apple cart,” the statement said, cautioning Liberians against disrupting national gains made over the years.Meanwhile, Mr. Boakai believes that Liberians have demonstrated that they are capable of conducting peaceful protests, “and equally so, Government has proven its ability to provide security, and protection for all. Let each and every Liberian play his or her part to preserve this sacred heritage of ours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more