LIBERIA: Nimba County Withdraws From National Sporting Activities

Unhappy with the decision of the National County Meet Appeals Board against Nimba County, an official has announced the withdrawal of the county from all sporting activities in the country.

The county’s decision is in reaction to a protest ruling by the County Meet Appeal Board in favor of Grand Bassa County after a protest filed by Nimba County on January 7.

Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee said the county is in “complete disagreement” with the decision as it is inconsistent with the tournament’s rules.

Announcing the Board’s ruling at a press conference Wednesday, the Chairman of the Appeal Board, Youth and Sports Minster Eugene Nagbe, said the protest filed by Nimba contained serious procedural errors and as such the board had no alternative but to rule in favor of Grand Bassa.

However, Senator Grupee argued that the Protest Committee of the tournament accepted a protest fee of L$7,000 from the county’s technical team and as such it was that committee’s responsibility to inform the accused (Grand Bassa) and not Nimba County that filed the protest.

Minister Nagbe in his ruling said the protest needed to have been countersigned by the captain of Grand Bassa, something that was not followed, while three of the players mentioned in the protest did not feature in the game that generated the protest.

“We are withdrawing from this tournament and all sporting activities in the country and returning to the Nimba mountain,” said a rather angry Grupee.

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