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Team Doctors (AJ)

Ahmed Jallanzo/Twenty Ten

Location: Monrovia, Liberia

Well-qualified doctors treat players in Monrovia.

During the Ministerial Tournament at the Antoinette Stadium in Monrovia, footballers were in safe hands. Three well-trained doctors sat on the side lines with medical kits at the ready in the event of an injury on the pitch.

Patrick Konuwah, Liberia's national football team's doctor, watched the players with a keen eye as the games unfolded. Besides working with The Lone Stars, Patrick offers his services to local clubs, schools, and community projects around the country.

Emmet N. Potter works for the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) as a medic, first aider, and trainer. At one stage in the game he rushed out to a local pharmacy to get supplies to treat a footballer who collided with another player in the air during the tournament. On his return to the stadium the player was treated by Emmet and other Red Cross staff for a head injury. Emmet is currently a student at the United Method University majoring in peace building studies.

Wilson Cooper, team doctor for the National Youth Street Soccer Academy (NYSSA), spent his time massaging the tight muscles of his young players on the side lines of their games. Wilson was trained at the Soko Sackor Medical Clinic, the Liberia National Red Cross Society and the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Futuro Sport Medics Training in Monrovia.

Thanks to the Liberia National Red Cross Society, in collaboration with Liberia Football Association (LFA), football players can rest assured that the team of doctors on call are well qualified to treat any of their injuries, aches and pains.

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