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It appears that the President of the Liberia Football Association president Mustapha Raiji administration is facing some unexpected crisis as the local civil society organization enter the crisis with accusing fingers being pointed at two officials of the LFA.

The Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSNL) is drawn to recent allegation against the President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Rajji by some former executives of the LFA that he worked in cohort with the contractor that constructed the LFA headquarters, CEASF Liberia to inflate the cost of construction by additional US$319,000.00 for his person enrichments.

Given the grave nature of this allegation, the Civil Society Network of Liberia launched a full scale investigation involving all stakeholders related to the contract, to ascertain the veracity of the allegation.

The investigation conducted by the Civil Society Network of Liberia on the allegation against LFA President Rajii that he received kickbacks from CESAF Liberia to inflate the cost for construction of the LFA Headquarters by additional US$319,000.00 as ‘farfetched and groundless’.

The group said findings from their investigation established that the additional cost of US$319,000.00 for the construction of the LFA Headquarters was approved by the LFA Selection Committee.

The company that constructed the LFA Headquarters, CESAF Liberia has been established as Liberia’s most renowned and reputable real estate Construction Company in Liberia in the last ten years.

Based on the integrity and honest principle of CESAF, the company has won several contracts involving the construction of buildings of major institutions in Liberia, CBL, NASSCORP and the renovation works on the Executive Mansion.

The consultant for the LFA headquarters construction contract also affirmed that there was no act of bribery between LFA President Mr. Mustapha Rajii and CESAF Liberia, as being insinuated by some former executives of the LFA.

The additional cost of US$319,000.00 was necessary to offset additional cost of construction materials since the construction works commenced three years after the signing of the first contract with the original cost.

However, investigation conducted by the Civil Society Network of Liberia on the LFA headquarters bribery allegation made against President Mustapha Rajii also reveals that the allegation is a concocted scheme being designed by some misguided former LFA executives to undermine the administration of the LFA President.

It is established that Mr. Isaac Montgomery, former Secretary General of the LFA, and Cassel Kuoh, a former executive member of the LFA, are reportedly the masterminds behind the purported allegations against Mr. Rajii.

“These known rascals within the LFA have embarked on, not just using fake propaganda like the lie of the US$319,000, but have begun using surrogates to protest against Mr. Rajii administration in the name that Liberian Football is dying under his administration as LFA President.

Cassell Kuoh and Isaac Montgomery are the faces behind the protest led against Mr. Rajii by a little known Yodu Miller, a former employee of the dead FC Fassell owned then by the very Cassell Kuoh.

It is naïve to hold Mr. Rajii responsible for results of the Liberia National Team, as the performance of the team is based on collective effort and responsibility,” the group said through its head, Sensee Kiadii.

The Civil Society Network of Liberia, being knowledgeable of these established facts from its investigation calls on Isaac Montgomery and Cassell Kuoh to desist from spreading falsehood against the LFA President.

The allegations have no basis in truth, and are just intended to distract from the many gains the Liberia Football Association have made under the administration of Mr. Rajii.

The construction of the state of the art headquarters for the LFA; development of female soccer; financial support towards the improvement of grassroots soccer, rehabilitation of major soccer stadiums across the country, including the Tusa Field in Gardnersville, Doris Williams Sports Pitch in Buchanan; Nancy Doe Stadium in Kakata, among others are major achievements of the LFA under Mr. Mustapha Rajii.

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