LBA Inducts New Officials

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The Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has inducted into office a new corps of officers that will stare the affairs of that body for the next four years. Speaking recently at the induction ceremony which was held at the Sports Commission in Monrovia, the newly inducted President of the LBA, Abraham Samukai asserted that under his leadership there will be no special courtesy accorded to any player or club, stating that all of them should work hard to achieve whatever victory based on their performances. He said this time around there will be zero discrimination at the level of the LBA, while at the same time upholding all of the rules and regulation governing the beautiful game of basketball in the country.  The LBA President indicated that in order to run a credible and competitive competition, the association will setup a committee which will be responsible to observe the performance and integrity of referees while handling games at the sports commission, stating that all major games will be recorded as well.  “We will work to ensure that under our watch, the laws will be respected to the fullest. Any player who will be caught in the act of assaulting a referee, he or she will be ban from the league, and that player will not be allow to play at the sports commission,” he said.

According to him, anyone who will be caught throwing object at a coach, if said individual is identify, he or she will not return to the commission as well. He emphasized that there will be no room for evil council or business as usual under his watchful eyes, as some of the things that happen in the past will not repeated this time around. “Last season, all of our former players watch the games free, and that was not a bad thing, but they too need to be supportive to the game and LBA,” he said. He continues: “We will always recognize what they have done for society, but equally so, they too should give back to the institution and we supposed to be people that will serve society.”  The LBA Boss then commended friends and supporters of the basketball house based in the United States of America (USA), adding that they were very supportive to the past administration and they are looking forward to working together for the good of the game. For his part, the Deputy Minister for Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS), Andy Quamie informed the gathering that he received a call from the President of the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) Zone #3, Sam Amadu, congratulating Liberia for conducting a successful election. Accordingly, he was informed by Mamadou Diabate of Burkina Faso about the free, fair and transparent conduct of the LBA recently held election, as such; there was a need to induct the newly elected officials into office. The MYS Deputy Minister for Sports indicated that the FIBA Zone #3 President has promised to send a communication to the MYS, reaffirming Liberia’s membership to that international body.

He then encouraged the LBA leadership to embrace reconciliation by reaching out to other stakeholders; something he said is in the best interest of basketball development in the country. Min. Quamie called on past and present officials and basketball stakeholders to put aside their differences and work together for the betterment of the game, stressing that reconciliation and unity are the best way to develop basketball. Those inducted into office include Abraham B. Samukai as President, Yanqueh Borsay Vice President for Administration Bruce Quaye, Vice President for Operation, Secretary General Calvin Diggs, Malcolm Joseph Treasure, Financial Secretary Sussie Hayes, Specket Neufville Chaplain, among others.

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