Pres. Weah Lauded For Appointing Sports Gurus
The President of the Promoters of Liberian Athletes (PROLA) Joseph H. Farkollie has lauded President George M. Weah for his farsightedness in appointing sport personalities in key governmental positions.
The Liberian leader appointed the likes of former national team and Mighty Barrolle goalkeeper Zoegar Wilson as Minister of Youth & Sports, former Watanga FC President and FIFA/CAF Match Commissioner Andy Quamie as Deputy Minister for Sports, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
He named the rest as the President emeritus of the Liberia Chess Federation, Samuel Tweah, as Minister of the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, the President of the Mighty Barrolle Sports Association, Eugene L. Nagbe as Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism and the former president of 72nd FC, Tugbeh C. Tugbeh as Deputy Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA).
Mr. Farkollie said the decision by the Liberian chief executive exemplified that sport administrators can serve in other professional areas.
The former Invincible Eleven (IE) Vice President for Operations (VPO) is of the strongest conviction that those appointees will serve with honor and diligence to the expectation of the President.
The veteran sports administrator noted that with the administrative experience and technical knowhow of those sport administrators appointed, it will make a significant impact in the pro poor government.
Since he established PROLA in 2001, Mr. Farkollie has been involved in assisting athletes from all sporting disciplines to make their dream come through.
However, Farkollie urged those officials who have been entrusted by the Liberian leader to lend helping hands to those sporting organizations they hailed from.
The PROLA boss has contributed to sports in many ways, including to serve on the Disciplinary Committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) after he was endorsed by stakeholders for the LFA Disciplinary Committee at an Extraordinary Congress held on January 18, 2014. He previously served on the Security Committee and contested for the LFA Vice President for Operations post in 2010.
He was also a board member of IE, one of Liberia’s biggest football clubs. Mr. Farkollie is an ardent follower of football and renders assistance to many Liberian players and athletes at home and abroad.
The man commonly called Farko has served as President of the LPMC Planters football club and helped to form LPRC Oilers.
He served as Deputy Managing Director for Operations of the Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) from 1992 to 1997. He headed the Agricultural Sports Association (ASA) from 1987 to 1990 and the Lofa County Sports Association (from 1987-2002) as Chairman.
He ran for the position of Senator of Lofa County during the 2005 general elections on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). Farko is a member of the Alpha Old-timers Sports Association.
In 1992, Mr. Farkollie sponsored a peace tourney named in his honor in Chocolate City, Gardnersville, styled The Joseph Farkollie Friendship Tournament.
The tourney, intended to awaken a community that had been shattered by the civil war.