Gov’t Pledges US$2.5m for George M. Weah Training Center

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr., have pledged government’s support of US$2.5m to the George M. Weah Training Center which construction begins sometime this month, March 2014.Amb. Baokai on Saturday during the ground breaking and historic training center in Careysburg said the erection of the training center would quench his jealousy of religiously watching talented youthful footballers of other countries and will able to see Liberian youths developing their talents.“We like this opportunity and we will support it our young people to be trained and to enjoy football,”  Vice President Boakai said.He stated that the naming of the training center after the 1995 World Player, Liberia’s and Africa’s football icon and legend who later became a politician is important because Liberia is moving and rising above political barriers to recognize the good in people.Amb. Boakai also said the name is important because it births nation building and buttresses the peace and reconciliation that Liberians are striving for.He hailed FIFA, through the FIFA West Africa Development Officer, for the level of support from the world football governing body and also the township leadership of Careysburg for the availability of the 190-acre of land.The Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration at the House of Representatives, Rep. Edwin Snowe committed the Legislature’s support and thanked the President of the Liberia Football Association for the dream of training Liberian footballers.FIFA’s West Africa Development Officer, John Sampon Kablan extended FIFA’s heartfelt greetings to Liberia and their desire to develop the game and hoped that the center would give young Liberians a home.FIFA has provided US$500,000 to cover the first phase of the project and has promised to provide the artificial turf for the two pitches in the training center. The training center is the country’s fourth goal project.In separate remarks, Montserrado County’s District # 1 Representative Josephine Francis, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, who is also Chairman of the LFA Advisory Committee and Deputy Minister for Administration Jacque Capehart thanked the football house for the initiative and pledged their respective support.The Secretary General of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Nathaniel McGill, on behalf of honoree George M. Weah expressed his thanks and appreciation to the LFA and the national government.The Chairman of the Youth League of the ruling Unity Party (UP) Amos Tweh also thanked LFA for the naming of the training center after George Weah and urged the LFA to include skill training.The president of LFA, Musa Bility has expressed his hope for the training center to be completed by December-2014 and the artificial turf to be laid in two months. Musons Group Incorporated is the contractor and the consultant is Design and Building Incorporated, he said.Bility revealed that the construction of a multi-purpose two storey football house ( LFA’s Headquarters) will commence soon in the Sinkor’s belt and  the erection of a commercial center for the LFA is in place and might be constructed in Careysburg.Meanwhile, a 5-year National Football Development Plan, worth about US$5m was given to Vice President Joseph Boakai. The plan is designed to develop football from the grass root.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kyrie-markable: Irving’s 42 Carries Cavaliers Past Celtics

first_imgTOM WITHERS, AP Sports WriterCLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.The pain couldn’t stop him. The Celtics couldn’t either.Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.With James in foul trouble, Irving was forced to do more than ever and he delivered, scoring 19 in less than five minutes and 33 in a 19-minute stretch.“The kid is special,” James said. “I was happy to sit back and watch him. He was born for these moments.”The defending NBA champions, who shot 71 percent in the second half, opened a 3-1 lead in the series and can wrap up their third straight conference title — and a “three-match” against the Warriors — with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won’t be easy.Fighting to keep their season alive, the Celtics aren’t giving an inch despite playing without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who may need surgery on a hip injury.The Cavs, meanwhile, wouldn’t be on the cusp of the Finals without Irving.Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42), from Dominican Republic, during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping its second game in a row after James followed an 11-point Game 3 debacle by picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show.Freezing Boston defenders with his dribble and driving to the basket whenever he wanted, Irving made six layups, two 3-pointers and a free throw in a dizzying span of 4:48. He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3 in the final second of the quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in his holster.“He saw Bron went out and he wanted to put the team on his shoulders,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He did that.”Irving said he was driven by the thought of the Cavs seeing their series lead vanish.“In the back of my mind, I thought, ‘They can’t tie up the series,’” he said. “We can’t go back to Boston tied 2-2. We needed everything tonight.”Irving put a scare into the Cavs and their fans when he stepped on Terry Rozier’s foot and rolled his ankle. He stayed on the floor for a few moments before sitting up and re-tying his sneaker. Nothing was keeping him out.“It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it,” he said.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) celebrates with J.R. Smith after defeating the Boston Celtics 112-99 in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Celtics coach Brad Stevens was disappointed with his team’s defense on Irving, who was able to spread the floor while surrounded by shooters.“There’s choices,” Stevens said. “I’m not sure there are good choices. When he gets going like that, he’s tough to stop. The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim.”Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Cavs, now 11-1 in the postseason.Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.ANKLE GRABIrving did not show any noticeable limp following the game as he walked down the hallway, stopping to hug and kiss friends and family following his performance.Irving, who has had a history of injuries, said he’s rolled his ankle enough times to know when it’s serious.“My adrenaline is still going,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be sore when I get home.”BOSTON BOUNDCrowder and the Celtics are looking forward to going home and redeeming themselves after the blowout losses in Games 1 and 2.“I feel like we’re humble enough to know we haven’t played well at home,” he said. “We want to give our home crowd a better outing than we put out the past two games.”FOUL TROUBLELue paused for several seconds before responding to a question about the third and fourth fouls called on James, who was whistled for barely touching Marcus Smart on a jumper and then was called for a charge.“They called them,” he said of the officials. “We had to do what we had to do.”TIP-INSCeltics: Thomas spoke to coach Brad Stevens and told him that he has visited one hip specialist and plans to see more before it’s decided if he needs surgery. Thomas initially injured his hip in March and played the final two months of the regular season before aggravating it during the playoffs. … Stevens started Kelly Olynyk, who had 15 points. … Before the playoffs began, the Celtics were 22-5 at home since Jan. 1. They’re 5-4 in the postseason so far.Cavaliers: The 42 points were a career playoff-high for Irving, who scored 41 in Game 5 of last year’s Finals. … Cleveland improved to 35-5 against Eastern teams in the playoffs since 2015. … J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, brought their daughter home after more than five months in the hospital following her premature birth. Smith posted photos on his Instagram account of the couple leaving Hillcrest Hospital with their baby in a stroller. “We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!!” Smith wrote. … Deron Williams played 18 minutes after sustaining a shoulder “stinger” in Game 3.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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