Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) While the revitalized Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Red Lions FC have expressed their preparedness to win their Friday’s 1/16th final match against their Algerian side, C.S. Constantinois, a higher LFA official, (name withheld), was prepared to wreck the players’ commitment.Sports writers watched in utter amazement as the official threw insults at the Ghanaian investor, who has spent thousands of United States dollars to get the team where it is today.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday, sports writers covering the LISCR FC versus Watanga FC FA semi-final tie, (Watanga won 3-2), were attracted to the official, who was not prepared to back down his insults at the Ghanaian investor.The LFA official, having thrown caution and respect to the wind, exposed his own weakness, and many soccer fans wondered how he even got to the LFA, or how was he elected as an LFA official at the last elections.“This attitude is unbecoming of an LFA official,” soccer fan James Weah, Sr., told the Daily Observer, expressing his disgust at the official’s nasty behavior.He said the official’s action is a shame to Liberian football, which has always encouraged level-headedness, especially at the highest level in ‘force majeure’ (unexpected) situations.“A formal complaint should go to the LFA’s Ethics and Grievance Committee to ensure that such a disgrace does not happen in football circles,” he recommended.A spokesman for the Ghanaian representative told the Daily Observer that while the LFA official’s action is regrettable, “We are resolved to help develop Red Lions FC so that Liberians will be proud of the team.”He refuted the LFA official’s accusation that the investor does not mean well for Liberian football, and was quick to add that it was not the most responsible way to address any form of misunderstanding, if there ever was any.He told the Daily Observer that the Red Lions management did not abandon or did not decide to withdraw from the CAF Confederation Cup.“We calculated the amount, close to US$70,000.00 for the Algerian trip and since our players are new to each other, we have not been achieving the successes anticipated.“We wrote letters, with the assistance of the LFA secretariat and sent them to corporate Liberia, including TOTAL, NOCAL and many others.“Our position was to raise the concern of the Liberian people and the business community to lend us a hand in the process.“It was never our intention to abandon the CAF Confederation Cup but for an official of the LFA to publicly insult our Chief Executive Officer has shown that the real motive is elsewhere,” he said.He explained that the management of Red Lions is determined to provide all necessities to the club, adding, “We are grateful for the involvement of relevant authorities to ensure that Red Lions defend the Liberian flag on Friday.”“Our CEO loves his team, and cares about the playing body,” he added, “it is true that he is a Ghanaian but it also true that the players of Red Lions are all Liberians.”He regretted the political grandstanding that surrounded reports about Red Lions being placed under new management, pointing out that football as a sport must be devoid of politics.He meanwhile commended LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji and the former president of Nimba United FC for their strong support and advice when Red Lions FC’s CEO had been abused and he was in a state of frustration, due to the lack of appreciation for his commitment to raise Liberian football to another positive level.
Romelu Lukaku: The Belgium international looks set for a move to Manchester United talkSPORT has taken a look at the two clubs seemingly in the race for Lukaku, in a bid to work out which is the best option…READ MORE: Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United ‘fits’ and Everton striker will improve by joining Jose Mourinho’s side, says Danny MurphyHow he will fit inWith both clubs on the lookout for a new first-choice forward, it looks like he would start in both teams.Manchester United released Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer, a man whose 28 goals and 10 assists were key to the club’s sixth-placed finish and triumphs in the EFL Cup and Europa League.In comparison, Lukaku scored 26 and set up seven in an Everton side with much less creativity. In Mourinho’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, Lukaku could be the focal point of the team with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata supplying.He has often been criticised for not scoring against the big teams, but with these world-class players providing good service to suit Lukaku’s range of skills – hold up play, instinctive finishing in the box, his left foot – he should find the net on a consistent basis.Manchester United often struggled to find the breakthrough at home last term and they failed to turn draws into wins. Not only could Lukaku help with goals, his movement and physicality against opposition defences could open up space for United’s attackers to create further chances.Chelsea, meanwhile, are close to sanctioning Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid and will be in the market for a top-quality striker as they return to the Champions League, while looking to secure back-to-back Premier League titles. Costa and Lukaku are quite similar in the sense they are physical strikers who are clinical in the box while possessing a surprise turn of pace.Chelsea are expected to receive around £22million from Atletico, while they will have to fork out around four or five times as much to bring back Lukaku, a man they sold for just short of £30million in 2014.Costa racked up 22 goals and eight assists for Antonio Conte’s side and when Costa was unavailable or out of form, they missed him in the final third. Chelsea’s season-changing 3-4-3 formation features a fluid attack, but you would imagine it to be more rigid in order to get the best out of Lukaku, allowing Eden Hazard to keep his free role but also to keep their width, allowing Lukaku to attack free spaces through the middle.Should they lose Costa and miss out on Lukaku, Andrea Belotti could be their next option, but he will not prove any cheaper as he has an £86million release clause in his Torino contract.Both sides’ alternative to Lukaku is Alvaro Morata (Manchester United and Chelsea) and Belotti (Chelsea) and Lukaku has something the two do not – Premier League experience, he is proven and well suited to England’s top flight. 2 ManagersJose Mourinho is a man Lukaku knows from their time at Chelsea – the Portuguese boss sent him out on loan before approving his sale in 2014. He was often critical of Lukaku’s attitude as the Belgian wanted to be first choice at Stamford Bridge, but Lukaku has clearly proved to Mourinho he is of the quality to lead United’s line next term.When Lukaku left Chelsea for good, Mourinho was one of the first to wish him luck via text and that move probably helped in making sure the pair parted on good terms.That move would complete Mourinho’s spine of the Manchester United team – David De Gea, the newly added Victor Lindelof in defence, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in midfield and Lukaku leading the line, certainly a good starting point.A return to London would see him link up with Antonio Conte for the first time in his career, and you can certainly see the Italian boss getting the best out of him.Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Steve Clarke, Roberto Martinez, briefly Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman – they are the managers Lukaku has worked with since arriving in England in 2011 and a manager of Conte’s calibre is an attractive proposition.Conte’s tactical nous could improve Lukaku’s game considerably, especially playing the 3-4-3 formation, as mentioned previously. Lukaku would learn when to drop in and out of positions more often, taking in different aspects of the game.You feel under Mourinho he would keep doing what he did last season – possibly adjusting quicker – while Conte would help his game improve further but it would possibly take more time.EnvironmentSigning for Manchester United means Lukaku can stay settled in the north west, probably not even having to move.He would undoubtedly settle quickly due to his well-known friendship with Manchester United’s current world-record signing in Paul Pogba.Both are 24 years old and share the same agent in Mino Raiola. They are currently on holiday together in Los Angeles, something you would know by following either of the two on social media. This closeness could also help on the pitch, with an understanding that could see Pogba really come into his own as well as Lukaku. Chelsea is a place all too familiar to Lukaku, so moving there would be nothing new, with the chance to return to England’s capital.From Stamford Bridge to the club’s Cobham Training Centre, Lukaku will soon find his feet and there are members of the Chelsea team still present from his time there, including Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard.