2nd Edition of Pennoh W. Bestman Memorial Football Tournament on Course


Monrovia – The second edition of the Pennoh Bestman Memorial Football tournament is expected to kick off this weekend with about six teams participating.

The organizer of the tournament   Liberia Black Star disclosed in a release that the tournament to memorialize the late president will take place Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Alpha Old-timers Soccer Field in Zubah Town, Paynesville. 

The tournament dubbed Pennoh W. Bestman (PWB) Memorial Football Tournament will feature four teams, namely Central Bank of Liberia, Crowd 60-70Social and Athletic Organization,Gentlemen Old-timers Sports Association (GEOSA)and host Liberia Black Star.  

According to Organizer in addition to the full teams that will participate in the tournament two exhibition matches will be played on the same day.

Alpha Old-timers 50 & Above will face Blazing Star Lodge 17 while Liberia Old-timers National Association (LONA) All-stars and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) will battle things in the second exhibition game.

The one-day sport event is in recognition of Mr. Bestman’s passion, commitment and leadership in promoting football among youth in the Liberian communities.

The winner of the tournament will receive a giant size trophy and all participating teams will receive certificates Black Star said.

  The PWB Memorial Football Tournament will be graced by Hon. John Bestman, other dignitaries, and friends the Organizer added.

Black Star’s notable accomplishments came under   Pennoh W. Bestman’s result-oriented administration, providing exceptional leadership to the club. 

Records showed that  1992 to 2020, Mr. Bestman provided sponsorship, technical guidance, to players and their families. He developed strategic partnerships locally and internationally while providing opportunities to young athletes.

It can be recalled the maiden edition of the Pennoh W. Bestman Memorial Football Tournament was held in 2020 with the host Liberia Black Star FC clinching the championship trophy, defeating Bardnersville Old-timers Sports Association (BOSA) 3 – 2. 

Black Star’s Kelvin Sebwe and Soto Roberts scored one goal each with the third goal being an owned-goal by BOSA.   

Liberia Black Star was founded on March 15, 1980, in the South Beach Community, Central Monrovia, Liberia.

Under the leadership of Pennoh W. Bestman, Black Star won three championships in one year (LFA National League, LFA Knock-out Championship, and The President’s Cup), becoming LFA Triple Champions in 2007. The following year, Black Star represented Liberia at Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club Championship. 

Liberia Black Star has an enviable track record.  In the LFA 1st Division, the club produced players who have had a huge impact on Liberian football, including Kelvin Sebwe, Thomas Kojo, Oliver Makor, Alex Browne, and Dionysius Sebwe. The players were also part of the famous George Weah Eleven.