Yesterday, Determine Girls FC was officially crowned champions of the 2021/2022 Orange Women’s Division League in Liberia.
It was also reported by Liberian sport journalist, T. kla Wesley that after the win, international player, Bountou Sylla who is originally from Guinea, was discriminated against taking her country’s flag to the podium to receive her team’s medal by Liberia Football Deputy Secretary General for Legal Affairs, Mr. Benedict Yarsiah (guy in colorful striped).
During the celebration, T. Kla, said, Mr. Yarsiah told, Sylla, “it’s a Liberian league, and you are not to use your flag.”
“Yarsiah’s action led to Sylla folding her flag as tried sending it out of the pitch before being consoled by some teammates and team officials. She wept and didn’t want to form part of the team’s celebration.”
Since the incident, Mr. Yarsiah has received backlash from many sports lovers online including Mr. Kla. Below are four screenshots from his post’s comments section on Facebook.
Liberians are known to be very hospitable. It’s extremely disappointing to hear that a young woman who deserves to be celebrated by us and with us, was discriminated against for wanting to wave her country’s flag after winning is something that should’ve never happened.
Master Queen who is the new appointed president for the Determine Girls FC, took to Twitter, where she shared “That will be discuss! Absolute No Room for discrimination.”
According to reports , Sylla is the league’s most scorer with 51 goals under her belt.
So, what punishment will Mr. Yarsiah receive for discriminating against Sylla?
According to Mr. Kla, “Determine Girls will reportedly send an official complaint against Deputy Secretary General for Legal Affairs for humiliating their star player.”
As they should because the Liberians we know, DO NOT discriminate against people. Some people in our beloved country act like they’re above the law. The world outside is big and it teaches you how to act like you got some sense. Travel and experience that.
I always say, I will support who support me! And Guineans are one of our closest neighbors so we must also treat them well when they come to our country.
We hope this behavior never repeats itself. No matter the outcome, hopefully, he’ll take this experience and be a better human being.
DISCRIMINATION IS WRONG!!
Sylla, we love you , we appreciate you and we apologize!!
Written by First Lady/ Augustina KOU Monpleh