Quamie Wants LFA to Host Periodic Regional Training

first_imgDeputy Minister Andy Quamie suggests LFA should organize periodic training for administratorsDeputy Sports Minister Andy Quamie has called on the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to host periodic training ahead of every football season.Quamie, a CAF and FIFA match commissioner and inspector, was speaking in Buchanan during the first phase of two-day regional training from 25-27 January.He lectured on football administration to participants from the sub-associations of Margibi, River Cess and hosts Grand Bassa.Quamie said he was grateful to the executive committee for the training and his preferment as a facilitator in the training.“I am not sure if this is the first [the LFA organized such training], but most of the people who attended are their first time attending administrative courses.“The last time I ever attended an administrative course in Liberia was Futuro II, which was organized by FIFA in 1997/1998 and this is the first Liberian-organized training that I have attended,” he said.Quamie praised the LFA for decentralizing the training and said the periodic course will go a long way in improving football.“Every year we can organize one in Gbarnga, Ganta and other places so that administrators will have the opportunity of knowing their role.“Most of the people, who attended this training didn’t know their roles. We started with the major lesson of a president interfering with the work of coaches. So we explained the functions of a president, secretary-general, coach and team manager.“When everybody knows his/her role, the president will not leave the VIP stands to go to the coach to interfere with his job because when you interfere, how can you say you want to fire him?” Quamie asked.LFA director of referees, Ebenezer Stanley Konah and referee fitness instructor, Jay Exodus Flanjay, who are former FIFA-badged referees, former soccer head coach Kaetu Smith, and medic Boakai Kamara, facilitated the sessions on refereeing, coaching, and sports medicine.The sub-associations of Grand Gedeh, Maryland and hosts River Gee also gathered in Fish Town for similar training.Former LFA referee committee chairman, Mason Chumud Goe and referee fitness instructor, Joseph Momolu Hoff, who are also former FIFA-badged referees; LFA director of women’s football Francis Tamba, who serves as CAF education officer; Emmanuel Bafford and Lydia Grant Boi, served as facilitators.“The participants were enthusiastic. They were hungry for knowledge. I have been conducting training but I have not seen such enthusiasm from the participants,” said Tamba.“They were willing to even sit on blocks or on the bare ground just to obtain knowledge. My only regret is that the leadership of the county wasn’t receptive to us but the training went well in Fish Town,” he added.Each sub-association presented five medics, 10 administrators, 15 referees, and 25 coaches, bringing the participants to 330.The second phase runs run from February 1-3 in Tubmanburg and will include the sub-associations of Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties.Facilitators will include former FIFA-badged referees Alex Nagbo and Sylvester Johnson; coaches Francis Tamba and Lucretius Togba; Dr. Torsu Jallabah and former LFA vice president for administration, Pennoh Bestman.Each sub-association will present five medics, 10 administrators, 15 referees, and 25 coaches, bringing the participants to 165.Sinoe, Grand Kru and Montserrado sub-associations should have been part of the previous training but they will form part of the final training along with Nimba, Lofa and Bong sub-associations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img(Screenshot) TEMPE, Ariz. – The health of Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has been a much-discussed topic, whether it was in-season regarding a possible return that never happened or since the 2017 ended.To say Johnson’s health is of utmost importance to the Cardinals’ success in 2018 would be an understatement.On Thursday, Johnson put any health concerns to rest.“It’s 100 percent,” he said, referring to the wrist he dislocated in Week 1 of 2017. “I’ll be full-speed. I got cleared so I’m good to go” for when the Cardinals ramp up their offseason program with organized team activities (OTAs) and mini-camp. Right now, though, the focus for Johnson and his teammates is strength and conditioning work, which is really all Johnson has done for the better part of six months while rehabbing from surgery.Related LinksArizona Cardinals’ David Johnson participating in offseason programJohnson believes he’s in the best shape of his life “because all I did was run and all I did was work out.”He credited strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris for being innovative and changing up the workouts early in the rehab process “to where I could still get a bench or a chest or an arm workout in. Even though I couldn’t do a bench press, he was able to use machines and straps and stuff like that.”And it’s because of that, Johnson added, that he doesn’t feel like he’s lost any strength, either in the wrist or upper body.Johnson called dislocating his wrist “the best case of a bad injury” when compared to hurting a knee.When healthy, Johnson is among the better dual-threats out of the backfield. Without Johnson, the Cardinals struggled.In 2017, the Cardinals rushed for 1,386 yards, or 147 fewer yards than Johnson totaled by himself the year prior. Three different running backs started once Johnson went down, with Adrian Peterson (448 rushing yards) having the most success. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 9 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “When I got home and seeing his smile — he’s a very happy boy, he’s laughing at everybody and he’s always cheerful,” Johnson said. “Going home after being down on myself, it really uplifted me and made me realize that there’s a lot more important things in life”Still, there’s nothing like playing the game of football, and Johnson, like many of his teammates after an 8-8 season, is anxious to get back on the field.The question now is whether Johnson will be the same player he was two years ago? Johnson earned his first first-team All-Pro honors and was named to his first Pro Bowl after leading the NFL and establishing a franchise single-season record in scrimmage yards (2,118) and touchdowns (20), including a franchise-best 16 rushing.“I feel like there’s really not going to be any difference. I think, actually, I’m going to be a lot better because with me being hurt last year, I feel like I got smarter in watching,” he said.“Unfortunately, with (former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer) being hurt, I was able to talk to him on the sideline, and he was able to tell me some of the stuff what quarterbacks look at, and he was able to talk to me and teach me some of the stuff to where I can use it in my offense and use it when I’m out there on the field.” Overall, the Cardinals had their troubles finding the end zone. The offense as a whole finished with 27 touchdowns. Johnson scored 20 in 2016.“We all know what David can do,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said Thursday. “It’s no secret that he’s a special talent, he’s a special running back; and we definitely need him to make our offense go.”And from all indications, Johnson is going to be the focal point of the offense. From Day 1, first-year head coach Steve Wilks made it known he prefers a run-first offense.Johnson smiled when asked that.“I’m very encouraged,” he said. “That was really uplifting to hear Coach Wilks talk about that right away, about how demoralizing it is on a defense to run the ball. I was very excited to hear that.”Even more so, one would think, given that Johnson is entering the final year of his contract. He insisted, however, that the injury and learning the new coaching staff and teammates are his primary focuses.Johnson said having to sit and watch last season was “the toughest year of my football career.” And while his teammates tried to encourage him, it really was his family, specifically his soon-to-be three-month-old son David Jerome Johnson Jr., who lifted his spirits up the most after a bad day. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more