The consistency in cleaning the beaches in the New Kru Town area has made it possible for its hosting, for the first time, of a beach soccer tournament by the Liberia Football Association.This weekend, the second edition of the LFA Guinness Beach Soccer Tournament will be held at the New Kru Town Lagoon Beach. The first tournament was held in the Township of West Point’s Serie A sports pitch, with PHP winning the two-day tournament.The tournament, according to the Liberia Football Association (LFA), is part of its preparation for the winning side to represent Liberia in the forthcoming beach soccer tournament to be held in Nigeria later this year.This weekend’s tournament will run from May 28 to 29. Four teams will participate, including the original three that played the inaugural game in West Point, along with a team from New Kru Town.The teams are PHP, West Point, Ambassadors and New Kru Town. Buzzi Quarters, which took part in the inaugural tournament, is not part of the second tournament.So, what should soccer fans expect from the two days? The LFA said the tournament is being played on a knockout basis, with the winners advancing to the finals on the second day.The Beaches & Waterways Project, embarked on by the Liberian government, has ensured that beaches in New Kru and West Point, among others, are cleaned regularly to enable those who want to visit the beaches to do so with their families.The Beaches & Waterways Project under George A. Young that operates in Monrovia communities is a Liberian government sponsored project that provides income for residents of slum communities to clean the beaches.Mr. Young told the Daily Observer that for the Liberia Football Association to deem it wise to begin its beach soccer tournament on beaches managed by his group demonstrates the success of the project.“As workers of the Beaches and Waterways Project we are glad that our work is bearing fruit; and now, a national association can host such an important tournament on our beaches,” he said.He called on the President of the LFA, Mr. Musa Bility, through Mr. Musa Shannon, who is responsible for the tournament, to identify with the workers who are committed to ensure that “our beaches remain safe and clean for all Liberians to enjoy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
When he appeared before principal Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday morning, 24-year-old David Austin pleaded not guilty to the offence with which he was charged:- an allegation that on December 1, 2017, he had in his possession one .38 revolver whilst he was not the owner of a firearm licence in force at the time.According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, police on mobile patrol in the Albouystown area spotted the defendant sitting on a push cart acting in a suspicious manner. They approached him and conducted a search on his person, unearthing the gun in a shoulder bag belonging to the accused.He was subsequently taken into police custody and charged with the offence.The court prosecutor objected to bail being granted on the basis of the prevalence and seriousness of the offence, a position which was upheld by the presiding magistrate.Austin will remain incarcerated pending the outcome of the trial, which is expected to commence on December 11, 2017.