Hydel High School’s hopes of advancing to the semi-finals of the ISSA/FLOW football competition were dashed by an Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) ruling yesterday, which docked them three points for using an ineligible player.The challenge was made by Denham Town, following their first-round 0-3 loss to Hydel. They said the Ferry-based school used an ineligible player, Howard Morris, as he had been shown a red card in the preceding FLOW Super Cup game against Clarendon College and should have served at least an automatic one-match suspension.”The boy (Howard Morris) should have missed a game but played. The Disciplinary Committee met and decided that should not have been the case. He should have sat out the match against Denham Town. Denham Town got the three points,” said ISSA’s competition’s officer George Forbes.Denham Town High qualified as the first team through to the semi-finals of the competition as they cannot be caught by any team, even if they lose their remaining group match.Camperdown are also out of the running and can only get a maximum of five points.The result left the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Hydel with one point from two games.Denham Town’s coach Omar Edwards said: “The rules are quite clear. I am not sure if they got our rule book. The player got a match where he should had a Manning Cup match where he should have served his ban and it could not be next year. They got it wrong.”Hydel’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, could not be reached by telephone for a comment yesterday.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has confirmed the nomination of a three-member Election Commission to guide the association to the ballot after six months of constitutional crisis.Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton, Jr said the confirmation of the nominations was finalized on Tuesday after a meeting with the Sports Bureau and consultation with the Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, as per the agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the aggrieved stakeholders and the leadership of the LBA.Minister Yonton confirmed three nominated names, including Mr. Yanqueh Borsay, Chairman and members Madam Linda Steward-Fiamahn and Inez Mardea Reeves.The chairman of the Adhoc Election Commission – Borsay, 61 years, is the founding member of the oldest old-timer fraternity association – Independent and the former Secretary of the Liberian Senate (1996 – 2000).He served as the Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (2002-2006), and General Manager of the North-Star Enterprises (2013-2014) – a conglomeration of North-Star Security Guide, Printing Press, Insight and Focus Newspapers. He is currently the national coordinator of the National Center for Excellence and Creativity – the organizer of the National Excellence Award.“It’s certain that there would be free, fair and transparent elections and after our first general meeting, we would give the guidelines,” Mr. Borsay said. Minister Yonton said according to the MOU, the LBA is expected to provide the congress documents to the Ministry today for onward distribution to 34 clubs and 15 executive members that are eligible to participate in the two-day process which begins Thursday, August 6.“We must express our thanks for step one in the MOU for the nomination of the election commission and we hope to receive the second fulfillment today with the provision of congress documents,” Minister Yonton said.“Upon receipts of congress documents, the 34 clubs and 15 executive committee members are expected to come to the Sports Bureau with valid identification to pick up their respective documents,” he added.It may be recalled that since the suspension of basketball activities in June 2014 due to Ebola and following Liberia having been declared free of the virus, basketball activities are yet to resume.The new MOU, which was signed on Wednesday, June 3, at the Youth and Sports Ministry, on 19th Street Sinkor, scheduled congress – August 6-7 to be climaxed with elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)