Liberia Football Association Executive Committee member and Chairman on Competition, Ansu Dulleh has pulled out of the contest to become LFA Vice President for Operations, leaving Barrack Young Controller President, Sekou Konneh as the sole candidate in the race.
Football stakeholders are expected to vote in a by-election on Saturday, November 25, 2017 to replace Cassell Kuoh, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence in the United States for frauds.
The former LFA Vice President for Operations sent a communication from his cell in the U.S in December 2016, announcing his resignation.
“As you may be aware, LFA’s election commission has qualified me [Ansu Dulleh] and Sekou Konneh, who I considered my brother to contest in Saturday’s election.
“But following consultations with my colleagues in the media, football stakeholders, prominent people in society, and the president of LFA, who has asked me to stay on as Competition Chairman, I’m proud to announce to you, I respectfully summit and withdraw from this race and let Mr. Konneh to go unopposed,” Ansu Dulleh, alias Prime Minister told a news conference on Wednesday.
“Besides, Mr. Konneh himself placed a call to me this morning and I understood what he told me – I am not going to discuss that. He’s a brother, we have talked and we have negotiated,” Mr. Dulleh added.
He further explained that his withdrawal was in fulfillment of an agreement reached in by members of LFA Executive Committee, which calls for the vacant post to be occupied by a representative from the clubs.
“I also said many times that should any club president decide to run, we will relinquish our ambition to that person to come within the Liberia Football Association to help us so I will step aside for Mr. Konneh and we will work with him in the best interest of football” LFA Chairman on competition said.
Dulleh said he was overwhelmed by the many calls from club presidents, including Mustapha Raji, Andy Quamie and other who continue to encourage me to contest for the post since no club president showed interest in vying for the vacant post at the time.
BYC President announced his ambition to contest for the vacant post on Saturday, promising to introduce new ideas that would contribute to the growth of the beautiful game.
LFA Ad-hoc committee chair, Malcolm Joseph disclosed that a third candidate, Jeremy Russell has been disqualified to contest in Saturday’s election on ground that he failed to meet up with the necessary requirements.