Usually, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) would let pass pointless and barefaced articles meant to leapfrog the writer's image into the corridor of acceptable character and moral fiber.
The LFA elects this path to withhold and foster freedom of the press and of free expression for it is enshrined in our organic book.
The LFA is equally under statutory and moral obligation to set the record straight when lies, overtimes, term to take the face of truth and fact.
The case is with the rather unfortunate article of November 27, 2013 captioned: "Adolphus Dolo: A Victim of Political Witch-hunt at the LFA?” published in the FrontPageAfrica newspaper and later on other news outlets.
Aware of the fact that the writer simply decided to raise issues that were once or twice addressed in the past, this rejoinder will avoid dwelling in the writer's sole intent of the usual and meaningless media debate.
However, it mainly focuses on the allegation of match fixing and on the moral and material corruption allegations against some LFA officials.
The article begins with rumor and perception that suspended Nimba United FC president Adolphus Dolo was a "victim of political witch-hunt" without tangibles to buttress the allegation.
To begin with, former Senator Dolo (with due deference) has no history of winning election at the level of LFA.
Besides, even before his suspension and before declaring his intent to run in the March 2014 LFA elections, the former senator did not meet the statutory qualifications to stand as president of the LFA rather as executive committee member (ECM).
How then will a man who is not qualified by law be witch-hunted? And, why would the LFA president convene an "illegal executive meeting to discuss individuals with no bearing or chance of becoming officials of the LFA especially the former secretary-general Sackie Kennedy and Dolo?”
On the second point, Dolo's deliberate decision to field an ineligible player in person of Charles A. George, has never been a matter of debate because Dolo and his club had it all wrong.
What remains a matter is for the administration to pardon Dolo-"go and sin no more".
Well, no need to waste time on this since there is overwhelming evidence that Dolo was wrong both at the disciplinary committee and appeals committee levels.
Besides, Dolo, having realized that facts were too much against him, threw in the towel and accepted to serve the ban.
It makes no sense to dignify the issue of Dolo's billboards advertising his Insight and Focus newspapers around the perimeters of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium since it was done illegally.
Had Dolo gone through the right door, sure he would have had legal grounds for the removal of his billboards. However, it was done overtly, not covertly as insinuated by the writer.
Wallace Weiah and Earth Angels
Earth Angels president and ECM Wallace Weiah remains honorable and supportive to the development of football in the country. Allegations that the ardent football promoter impregnated a player of his club are news and flagrant attacks on his character. The burden of prove lies with the accuser as there has been no complain or rumor of sexual harassment not only in Earth Angels but in the women division.
We also challenge the writer to provide the detail on the case including name and date. The LFA will however leave the rest with Mr. Weiah since it directly hinges on his character.
On the issue of the match fixing in the women division in 2011, the writer should be ashamed not to give the LFA a hug.
Following the referee’s report of the alarming score line (about 55-0) between Earth Angels and Kebbeh FC, the LFA president arrested the situation and forwarded the matter to the disciplinary committee. The LFA implemented the findings of the committee including denying Earth Angels the championship title they won that year among others.
Unlike Dolo who was directly involved in the case involving the ineligible player George, where he signed every transaction, Weiah had no personal involving in the alarming scoreline by his club as per findings of the committee.
Yarsiah and Nagbo, referee Macaulay and Fassell
At no time did the disciplinary committee found Benedict Yarsiah, then competitions director (now legal affairs director), and Alex Nagbo culpable of sanctioning the Sime Darby versus Georgian FC rescheduled match in the 2012 league season.