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FIFA regional technical consultant on global football development division for Africa Ousmane Savadogo says he sees a bright future for Liberia on the FIFA talent identification scheme (TDS).

Savadogo was speaking during an interactive session with the executive committee of the Liberia Football Association.

It was attended by President Mustapha Raji, 3rd Vice President Jodie Reid-Seton and executive committee members Ivan Brown, Cyrus Yenay, Nyemah Nyanway and Tickly D. Monkoney, Jr.; secretary-general Kollie A. Dorko (Atty.) and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on 7 April to brief them about the football ecosystem and plans by technical director Henry Browne regarding it and linkages to the TDS.

The plans, with a joint-funding from FIFA and government, will see the establishment of regional training centers in Liberia to further nurture talents identified from the national domestic youth leagues, which kicked-off in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi in December 2022 and spread to Gbarpolu, Sinoe, Nimba and Maryland Counties in 2023.

“This is a good plan but you need to put timelines in terms of what we want to achieve with an estimated cost. We need to see key objectives and key areas of achievements.

“So we will share the final document with the government, stakeholders and potential sponsors while looking up to FIFA. The document, according to the FIFA roadmap, should run from 2023-2026,” said Raji.

Savadogo also held a meeting with Browne and roundtable sessions with several resource persons connected to the TDS from 4-7 April.

They include Browne, TDS coordinator Nathaniel Sherman, grassroots football coordinator Barent Karr, Sr., youth football coordinator Wind Gargar, women’s football desk officer Aletha Massaquoi, women’s football assistant Kebeh Lamie, club licensing assistant manager Benjamin Blessing Barchue, beach soccer coordinator Clarence Lee Chea, coach educator Kesselee Kanneh, men’s under-20 head coach Tapha Manneh, women’s head coach Robert Lartey and media manager Danesius Marteh.

“From what I have seen from these discussions, Mr. President and executive committee members, you have a good plans that needs to be finalized. The football ecosystem is such that what works in Senegal or Sierra Leone may not work in Liberia for various reasons.

“You need to stick to your plan and finance it with the help of FIFA. FIFA has appropriated US$200 million for the TDS. Each member needs to find how to tap into that money with tailored-made programs. I have no doubt that you can succeed.

“You now have a talent identification manager. It is his role to identify and recommend young players to an academy director that you need to recruit among several staff that will be part or full time.

“Those identified talents need to be trained with playing opportunities for them and you can transition them from one youth team to another. That is why FIFA announced at the congress in Rwanda that it will hold its youth competitions for boys and girls annually instead of the two-year cycle,” said Savadogo.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino launched TDS in April 2022 to offer tailored assistance to members to help them achieve their full potential and continuing the measures taken to reduce the disparity in the level of football between different regions of the world.

Former Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger was recruited as FIFA chief of global football development to roll out a worldwide implementation.

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Apr 04,2023

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