Anderson 100% Sure of Winning August 7 Election

first_imgThe embattled President of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) said he is confident of winning the August 7 election in spite of the misunderstanding between his leadership and some aggrieved stakeholders over the “legitimacy and expiration of tenure” of his administration.Mr. Anderson confirmed the certainty in the pending election which has been suspended four different times. He said as his statutory duty as the head of basketball, he is carrying out renovation of the Sports Commission that will last two weeks.The basketball boss said the “blank benches” would be changed to “concrete” and subsequently the entire Commission would be refurbished.He said the renovation is expected to precede the official closing of the 2013/2014 LBA League which is scheduled anytime in July.He said the LBA would adhere to 100% of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was on Wednesday, June 3, crafted at the Youth and Sports Ministry, on 19th Street Sinkor.According to the MOU, Congress is scheduled for Thursday – Friday, the 6th -7th of August, to be climaxed with elections.By Friday, July 3, the Election Commission should have been set up by Mr. Anderson in consultations with the Executive Committee, and the Commission would have responsibility to provide guidelines in consonance with the Constitution of the LBA.The Congressional documents would be distributed to the stakeholders in mid-July through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.“Forty nine stakeholders are expected to go to the polls, including 34 clubs and 15 members of the Executive Committee,” Mr. Anderson said. “We were able to reach a common ground for the 3rd division clubs, with eight clubs being accepted while six clubs dropped.”He added: “Only current presidents of clubs and members of the Executive Committee are eligible to contest the presidency.”Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., having failed in previous negotiations, including the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), initiated the reconciliation for the third time.It may be recalled that Minister Yonton banned basketball activities and wrote FIBA-Africa for intervention.The aggrieved stakeholders raised five issues, which include: the violation of the constitution of the LBA by the ongoing president, Mr. Rufus Anderson; the failure to holding elections on the fourth year.Another contention was that clubs which didn’t participate in the immediate past basketball league season should be scrapped and the leadership should publish listing of teams eligible for congress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Atletico Madrid want to sign £27m Chelsea ‘flop’ following impressive loan spell

first_imgAtletico Madrid are keeping close tabs on the in-form Juan Cuadrado, who is on-loan at Juventus from Chelsea.The Stamford Bridge club splashed the cash to land Cuadrado from Fiorentina in February for a fee which could rise to as much as £26.8m.However, he started just four Premier League games in the second half of the season and was then shipped out on loan to Juventus earlier this term.But he has enjoyed a promising start to life back in Serie A, impressing during his six appearances for his new club.And now reports in Spain have claimed that Atletico Madrid are exploring the possibility of signing him permanently from Chelsea once his loan in Turin ends.Atletico have held a long-term interest in the Colombian winger but know the fee may be a stumbling block.However, it has been suggested that they may look into a part-exchange deal if Chelsea express an interest in any of their players – with the likes of Koke currently on Jose Mourinho’s wish list. Juan Cuadrado [left] 1last_img read more