Liberia FA president Musa Bility admits trafficking errors

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The president of The Liberian Football Association (LFA)  should have done more to prevent the trafficking of 23 youngsters to Laos, according to its President.

A BBC investigation discovered that Laos side Champasak United imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy.

Fifa prohibits movement of players to a foreign academy until they are 18.

LFA President Musa Bility said: “Whatever role we might have played, I believe it is regrettable.”

“Maybe we should have done more than we did,” Bility told BBC Sport.

“At our level, we probably need to have an investigation as to why they didn’t do that.”

Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, but the club, based in the southern city Pakse, denies any wrongdoing.

Bility – who intends to run for the Fifa presidency – wants the remaining children to return home.

“We have to bring them home,” he insisted.

“Not only that, we asked the foreign ministry a month ago to ask the Laos government to intervene. They have to come home.

“I went to the foreign minister myself. They have diplomatic protocols and they are going to make the necessary representation.”

However some of the boys do not want to come home despite a lack of work permits and very little freedom.

And Bility admits that Liberia needs to make improvements in order to prevent similar issues in the future.

 

Source: BBC

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