SOURCE: BY AUGUSTUS AUDEKINA-DOE
Yes it has happened, Women’s Football will for the first time in County Meet’s history be introduced, FOCUS Sport has gathered.
The quarter-final stage will be good enough to see female soccer takes place in the nation’s biggest sporting festival, says Andy Quamie, Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Deputy Minister.
“We are working in collaboration with the Liberia Football Association and counties so that we can have four teams as a case study,” he added.
The theme for this year’s edition is “Celebrating 15 Years of Peace.”
Deputy Minister Quamie is with the hope that women’s football be fully incorporated into the 2019 National County Sports Meet.
8 counties will progress to the quarterfinals and come to Monrovia on January 5, and begin their matches at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
The grand final will be played on Sunday, January 13, while the third place match will be played on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
US$250,000 has been set for this year’s event and each county will receive two sets of jerseys, with a special amount to be presented to each county eventually.
He said the ministry’s goal is to build the country’s young national teams; therefore the tournament will be used to spot young talented players from across the counties.
The preliminary rounds of the tournament which will kick off on December 16, will simultaneously be played at four venues across the country, with the official kickoff scheduled to take place in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.
Group I contains host Nimba, Sinoe, Montserrado and Gbapolu counties.
In Group II, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh will host Maryland and Grand Bassa counties; in Group III Kakata City, Margibi County will host Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, and Grand Kru counties, while Group IV comprises of host Bomi, with Bong, River Gee, and River Cess counties.