STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The fourth annual Liberia’s Independence Soccer Tournament was nothing less than spirited Saturday, as three West African countries celebrated and displayed their skills at Corporal Thompson Park, in West Brighton.
The tournament, sponsored by Staten Island Liberian Community Association, Inc., brought together Island-base teams – Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone – and New Jersey-based Sierra Leone.
“We invited our West African neighbors because they came to our aide during conflict – Liberia Civil War – as peace keepers,” said Charles Cooper, the Vice President of the SILCA.
“We wanted to show our thanks and appreciation.” Liberia will officially celebrate its independence on July 26.
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.