– Minister Quawie Warns
Jubilant or angry fans of football in Liberia have been strongly cautioned against pitch invasion on Sunday.
Already Liberia is said to be facing suspension by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as any recurrence of the 2016 episode will see a possible ban on football activities in Liberia, something the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister G. Andy Quawie does not want to see happened.
According to Deputy Minister Andy Quamie, all necessary professional, technical and security measures had been worked out to ensure that only authorized personnel will be on the pitch.
“Even if you are a government official once you are not authorized to be on the playing pitch you will be removed,” he added.
He wants Liberians emulate best international practices as far as football across the globe is concern.
Deputy Minister Quamie said it is about time that Liberian fans change their attitude towards supporting their teams.
He wonders while will people invade the pitch after the game when in fact they should be heading for the exit doors something that is normally seen around the world.
Though it will take some time for fans to be adjusted to said global standard.
He appealed to the media to as well lead the campaign by naming and shaming violators in a move to discourage would-be violators from similar attitude.
Minister Quawie was also quick to warn media practitioners including police officers who are not permitted to be on the pitch to stay off in the best interest of the Country.
At the same time, Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson has called on Liberians to turn all out on Sunday to support the nation’s pride and joy, the Lone Star of Liberia to victory.
He said preparations leading to the crucial match on Sunday is said to be well on course.
Minister Wilson told Sports journalists that the senior national team is well on course and is in full high gear for the battle at home.
As thousands of fans await to storm the refurbished SKD on Sunday especially under pro poor government first competitive CAF competition, the pressure and enthusiasm is getting increasingly high for the players to perform to expectation knowing fully well that the chief patron of sports has a solid background in football.
“Red, White and Blue plus good cheering behavior is all we want to see on Sunday to give our boys the needed motivation to win in a grand style,” Minister Wilson added.