Perhaps the Liberia Basketball Federation is working against itself; for the second time, LNOC and Youth and Sports oficials have quashed the association’s rush elections set for February 6.The new dates are: Congress February 17, and Elections February 18. Information reaching the Daily Observer last night said, “Elections will go on after deliberations at the Congress are done.” It means that the elections’ date could be extended if the need arises, a source said.After a lengthy dialogue at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and LNOC officials yesterday, LBF officials were made to see the reason they should not have a congress and an election the same day, as planned.“They were told that Congress is an assembly,” said an official who was at the meeting and asked not to be named, “and therefore properly, the administration must provide a four-year financial and administrative report to the body for discussion.”LNOC president Philibert Brown was reported to have put his foot on the ground, recommending for the Rufus Anderson’s administration, whose tenure expired last November, to provide one year financial and other administrative report for Congress’ deliberations.“The elections are long overdue,” he was quoted as saying, “and therefore to demand a four-year report might delay them.”Outgoing president Anderson was reported to have said, “I concur to what Mr. Brown has recommended.”“The administration has been mandated to provide the documents to all club presidents for their review on February 2,” according to sources at the association.He said, “I think it is victory for those of us who have seen major leadership problems in the administration of basketball in the last four years.”Having won the first round of their cause, club presidents are demanding that the Elections Commission must set guidelines that allow for any club president or owner who desires to run for the leadership.And perhaps this is where the problem is. The administration has reportedly observed potential candidates that could sweep victory election day, and therefore it has been influencing guidelines to deny others from running.“We are determined to correct this,” another club president told the Daily Observer.Another problem the Anderson administration has condoned is the use of double names for the association: According to its Constitution, it is: the Liberia Basketball Federation, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer but official communication has: Liberia Basketball Association.“That in itself is against the Constitution,” a club president said.A second copy of a document circulated by Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge about the now cancelled Feb. 6 elections named a three-member commissioners instead of an election commission.Those named are Mr. Jerome M, Hodge, chairman, with members Ms. Sussie Hayes and Mr. John P. Sheriff. “This was hurriedly done by the administration when many club presidents raised issues in the first circular of January 10,” he said.Youth and Sports and LNOC officials insisted that the proper thing to do, in line with its constitution and not those of the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) is to use its own guidelines.“Mr. Brown told the outgoing administration to use its Constitutional provisions and not that of FIBA,” our source said.What then becomes the use of double names for the association?“Since the Constitution calls it LBF,” said another official, “why does Anderson’s administration refers to the body as LBF/LBA?”In the end club presidents who have said Anderson administration has outlived its usefulness will not relent until what one of them hopes must come to pass for the old administration happens.“We want basketball to take a new but positive course and we can achieve that only when we allow any owner and club president who desires to run in the forthcoming election do so without obstruction.” This is a challenge to Rufus Anderson’s re-election bid and as to whether he sees himself losing an election that his administration is determined to deprive others to run will be seen in the weeks to come.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Defending champions Kenya will be in Pool B with Tanzania, Zanzibar and Sudan and will kick off their campaign against Tanzania on Sunday.Pool A will have hosts Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea with Djibouti playing Somalia in the opening fixture on Saturday while home side Uganda will tackle Djibouti in the day’s second game.The matches have also been shifted back to Kampala from Jinja and will be hosted at the Kampala City Council Authority Grounds in Lugogo.Initially, the games were to be hosted at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru, Jinja. But, the Under-17 girls’ tournament has been moved there while the Senior Challenge will be played in the Capital.Kenya is expected to travel to Kampala on Friday while Djibouti have already arrived.AFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaStars have been training in Nairobi since Monday with head coach Francis Kimanzi set to name his final squad after the Friday morning session. He will drop seven players from the preliminary team to remain with a travelling party of 20.“We are still looking at the players. We have a very good group and everyday we give them freedom to express themselves and show joy on the pitch. We will pick the best team on Friday to go and represent the country,” Kimani said.Meanwhile, midfielder Whyvonne Isuza who was part of the squad that lifted the title in 2017 says they are ready to go and defend their crown.“Teams have changed, and so have we. We know it will not be difficult but our target is to go and represent our country well. Personally I want to win it for a second time and the other players who have never won it also have the hunger to do so,” said the AFC Leopards midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 290 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zanzibar midfielder Suleiman Kassim vies for the ball against Uganda Cranes’ Bernard Muwanga during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – With Ethiopia and South Sudan pulling out due to financial reasons and DR Congo also not confirming their participation, the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Organizing Committee has re-jigged fixtures for this year’s competition which kicks off on Saturday in Kampala.The three exits mean there will only be nine teams competing for the title and have now been drawn into two groups with the top two sides in each pool moving straight to the semi finals.