The Liberia Football Association (LFA) on its Face Book wall says it has paid US$70,156.14 as arrears to 15 local clubs across all divisions including former Barrack Young Controllers (BYC-I) received US$13,567.52 while BYC-II pocketed US$2,931.39. Oilers Sports Association (LPRC Oilers) took home US$914.05 and Nimba United got US$1,490.62.Monrovia Club Breweries were given US$3,495.58 and Mighty Blue Angels received US$4,168.85. LISCR FC received US$4,128.77 and Watanga FC got US$970.05. NPA Anchors were paid US$2,579 and Keitrace FC got US$7,912.33. FC Fassell received US$8,918.85 and Senior Professionals got US$8,217.11.
Island Queens (US$116.51), Blanco FC (US$6,035.51) and Earth Angels (US$4,710) complete the list of a comprehensive and long standing debt to several stakeholders.
The debts represent cash prizes and subsidies that weren’t paid during the presidency of Musa Hassan Bility.
The LFA also paid US$20,044.80 to 14 senior employees, whose salaries were deducted during Bility’s regime as part of an austerity measure during the heat of the Ebola pandemic.
They are former secretary-general Emmanuel Deah, deputy secretary-general John Bonah, technical director Henry Browne, former treasurer Jallah Corvah, protocol and club licensing manager Alex Nagbo, referee director Ebenezer Stanley Konah and women’s football director Francis Tamba, who was Caf education officer.
Others are acting treasurer Joseph Sheriff (who was an accountant), legal and competitions director Benedict Yarsiah (who was legal director), stadium manager Titus Vanceah, women’s football desk officer Aletha Massaquoi (who was an office assistant to Bility), club licensing officer James Payne (who was account clerk), account clerk Joseph Kerkula (deceased) and chief statistician Reuben Johnson.
The LFA also repaid US$12,995 as withholding taxes to the government, thru the Liberia Revenue Authority, which weren’t paid during the Bility-led regime.
Former Liberia coach Roberto Landi of Italy was also paid an arrear of US$20,000.
Former Liberia internationals, who were appointed to coach the under-14, under-17, under-20, under-23 and senior team during the regime of Bility in 2014, were paid US$42,390.
They are James Salinsa Debbah, Thomas Kojo, Janjay Jacobs, Christopher Wreh, Oliver Makor, Joe Amstrong Nagbe, George Gebro, Varmah Kpoto and Jonah Sawiah.
The comprehensive arrear payments were provided by football’s world governing body, Fifa, following an appeal made by the LFA as part of the sanctions imposed on it