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As students, nationals, citizens and patriots of the Republic of Liberia, hailing from the shores of West Africa, we were always obliged to pronounce the Pledge of Allegiance - "I pledge allegiance to Flag of Liberia, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all." This Pledge of Allegiance signified a declaration of Pride, Dignity and Freedom for every Liberian to enjoy the way of life that we have all encountered and become, anywhere, at home or wherever we find ourselves in the world.
There is a group of Liberians that find themselves in one of the most prosperous cities in the entire world. Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. When a city has as much going for it as Edmonton, it is easy to see why the region is enjoying exceptional economic growth, high employment and increasing prosperity. Home to Canada’s most diverse metropolitan economy, Edmonton offers an exceptional quality of life, a highly skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business environment making it one of the best places to work and live in the Canada.
The pros and cons as to whether or not, or how much and to what end or advantage Liberians are engaging, benefiting or utilizing their talent in this city, that remains relative. As the parlance goes - "To Each His Own." There is a thriving Liberian community with a local leadership that is struggling to maintain a solid foundation of unity. But that is not the subject matter here. What prompted this article are the actions of groups of Liberian sports enthusiasts that are making rather negative headlines in the city.
The Edmonton Lone Star is a soccer sports club that has made some remarkable headlines in the soccer arena here in Edmonton. Rising from the depths of 4th division a couple of years ago, they heralded extraordinary labor and talent to make to the ranks of 1st division. Now that they are amongst the elite at the top in 2014, one would think they would be gearing up in unity to face the challenges of 1st Division competition. To make a conscious effort to work together, play together, win together. There is no better time to live out the Pledge as one nation, one team, indivisible with liberty and participation for all. Instead, there is war or rumors of war in the ranks of the team. There has been a break away faction that we understand are willing to start all over from 4th division. The thought of now having two Liberian teams in the 2014 Edmonton Division League is sad.
By this article, I am hoping to provoke an urgent and intense discussion that could reverse this negative course of actions before it is too late. We are calling on the two de facto leaders of the two soccer teams to reason and resolve their differences. We are calling on the leadership of the Liberian Friendship Society of Edmonton to remain neutral, unbiased, to intervene and make things right. This is one time Liberians have a chance to rise together and become Soccer Champions in Edmonton. The fact that we have more enough players, enough to form two teams should be used as an advantage, and not as a divisive tool.
"A hint to the wise is quite sufficient."
Prince CT Darpoh
A Concerned Liberian