Liberia FA threatens lawsuit against Lone Star GSM Company

LFA President, Musa Bility
LFA President, Musa Bility

The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has threatened a law suit against Lone Star GSM Company.

The LFA is accusing the Lone Star GSM Company for allegedly sending text messages to its subscribers about a change in the date of the Liberia VS Togo Match.

Addressing   a news conference recently in   Monrovia, LFA President, Musa   Bility,   said: “ The action by   Lone Star Company has undermined its sponsorship deal for the National Team with Cellcom.

“We will pursue legal redress because resources intended for the National Team were also diverted, as the Lone Star GSM Company charged 30 cents per message to its subscribers across the country, “Mr. Bility noted.

According to the LFA, the Lone Star GSM Company is said to have informed its costumers that the game will be played Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

Contrary to the report, the LFA President has clarified that the game will be played Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. It is part of the African Cup Qualifiers. Mr. Bility is meanwhile calling on Liberians to turn out and cheer the team to victory.

When contacted, an official of Lone Star Communications Department, Zunnoh Miller, could neither confirm nor deny the report.

Mr. Miller told elbcradio.com that the company will respond to the allegation at a later date.

It can be recalled that the LFA and Cellcom entered into a   commercial deal years back, granting the company all rights to   sponsor   the National Football Team.

Under the Agreement, Cellcom provides   60, 000 United States Dollars as sponsorship fee per game to the LFA Leadership.

Liberia tops group A with 9 points and a win this Sunday could see the country making it to its 3rd Nations cup final.

The country made its first appearance in 1996 in South Africa and in 2002 in Mali, respectively. The 2017 final of the African Cup Qualifiers will be played in Gabon.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.