This decision is based on a ruling yesterday by the protest and grievance committee of the LFA. In the ruling, the football house said “both counties failed to adhere to the rules and regulations governing the tournament by grossly violating every aspect which is very unhealthy.” According to the committee, “it will be manifestly unfair to reprimand one county when both counties are in gross violation.”
The committee declared the Nimba petition null and void on ground that the petition was not properly filed. Citing article 18.1 of the Protests and Grievances of the LFA. The articles states that “protest grievances and complaints from any match must be registered on the report sheet before, during and immediately after the match; countersigned by the opposing team’s captain, followed by a formal letter within two hours. A non-refundable fee of seven thousand Liberian dollars shall be paid in full; investigation shall be carried out immediately (preliminary rounds) and from the quarter finals – finals, within twenty four hours.”
The committee accused Nimba County of not genuinely filing their protest in consonance with this rule; consequently the protest was considered null and void. On the issue of Grand Bassa fielding an ineligible player, the committee evoked article 14.5 that stipulates “any county that fields or registers a suspended player/athlete from LFA, LKA, LBA and LVF shall forfeit its match and the player be suspended from the tournament.”
The committee then charged Grand Bassa player Jerry Wleh with misconduct for registering with two teams, ELWA United and New Hope in the 2014/2015 LFA national league. This action resulted in the suspension of Jerry after a game with ELWA and Joy Conquerors FC due to a petition by the later in September 2015. On the issue of player SekouBayoh, the committee however absolved Grand Bassa County of any violation as the player deceived the county and organizers.
In the first encounter of the 2015/16 county meet quarter final football match, Grand Bassa defeated Nimba county 4 -2 after a penalty shootout. The defeat did not go down well with the Nimbians who subsequently filed a petition with the Liberian football house. In the four counts petition, Nimba county accused Grand Bassa county of (1) registering four ineligible players (2) that jersey number 22 is registered with a playing card number 12 bearing the name ZizueKollie who is a first division player for Gardnersville FC while in the first division league (3) that player wearing jersey number 3 is a banned player by the LFA for double registration with ELWA United and Hope FC (4) that player wearing jersey number 1 is a national team player and a second division player – Mighty Barrolle.
The issue of William Freeman and ZizueKollie has been left with the LFA to furnish the organizers of the county meet if both players are qualified to participate in this annual event based on the allegations that they played in the upper division.