Martina to Contest SWAL Presidency

first_imgThe vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, Martina Brooks has said that due to her relentless desire to take the association to the next level, she will contest the next leadership of SWAL as president“This is a well thought and calculated decision,” she said at a press conference last week in Monrovia.She noted, “Our impeccable record of dedicated service to the institution speaks for us.”She explained that she understands the internal workings of SWAL and am prepared and well equipped for the task.“This is our territory,” Martina said, and borrowing words from President Ellen Sirleaf, noted, “I will be a candidate and I will be a more formidable candidate.”She said her interest is for the betterment of SWAL, a journey began two years ago as vice president.“Looking back two years ago, I will say we made some strides but again, more needs to be done,” she said.On SWAL’s achievement, she said, “We established a charity program, Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow Stars,’ and identified with several schools, orphanages, and slum communities with and sporting materials.”She added: “One of our major achievements as an institution was the role we played in the passage of The Sports Academy Bill.”Without going into details, she attacked what she claimed as “fallacious, misguided and half-baked reports” against her, and said they were slanderous and untruth.“I have never owed SWAL a penny,” she said.“I remain fervently committed to doing what I love to do best, to serve SWAL and no amount of distraction, lies and cheap talk will sway me away from achieving such goal,” she said.The SWAL elections are set on January 24 in Monrovia. Others in the presidential contests are Mr. Richard Manuba and Mr. Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The debate is set on Wednesday, tomorrow at the PUL on Clay Street, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

David De Gea will NOT return for Man United against Aston Villa, confirms Louis van Gaal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is still not ready to consider David De Gea for selection.The Spanish goalkeeper was left out of United’s squad for the season-opening victory over Tottenham last week.Van Gaal claimed the 24-year-old was not mentally ready to play in the wake of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.Summer signing Sergio Romero was given the nod to start against Spurs in his absence, and the Argentine will again be between the sticks against Aston Villa on Friday.Asked if De Gea would be in the squad for the game at Villa Park, Van Gaal replied: “No, it’s the same situation.”United are refusing to sell De Gea unless they get Sergio Ramos in return or Madrid break the world-record fee for a goalkeeper [£32.6million].Senior sources at Old Trafford insist they are happy for the 24-year-old to run down his contract, and Van Gaal is okay with the idea that the Spaniard will not play for him until the transfer window shuts.“I have said that already,” the Dutchman added. David De Gea last_img read more