William Smith is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of LEAD Monrovia Football Academy. Inspired by his participation in President George Weah’s 2013 Liberian Peace & Reconciliation football match, Smith co-founded Liberia’s first football school to empower Liberia’s future leaders through quality education and sport. Under Smith’s direction, the Academy’s rigorous academic model and commitment to gender equality has been recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an “exciting, innovative approach to academic and leadership training that must be watched.”
In addition to his work at LEAD Monrovia Football Academy, Smith has consulted for sport for social change organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and the UK. He also speaks internationally on social entrepreneurship and sport for development, most recently at FC Barcelona, the University of Oxford, and a FIFA conference in Dubai. Smith’s talks advocate for a radical rethinking of international development, with a focus on increased investment in locally-driven, evidence-based solutions.
Smith holds an MSc in African Studies from Oxford University, BA’s in Government and French from the College of William & Mary, and a degree in social entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University. He is a 2018 Cordes Fellow and a member of the Barça Foundation and UNICEF’s Working Group on Sport for Development.
Sekou Dgeorges Manubah
Co-Founder & Director of Football
Sekou Dgeorges Manubah is the Co-Founder & Director of Football at LEAD MFA. At a young age, he quickly rose through the Liberian ranks, catching the eye of various clubs from around the world. His first three professional stints would bring him to Oman, where he played as a center midfielder for Al-Seeb FC, Al-Tali'aa FC, and Al-Salam SC. After he left Oman, Manubah pursued a new opportunity in Vietnam, where he played for Binh Duong FC. Before returning to Liberia in 2015, he was in Myanmar playing for Hantharwady United.
Throughout his professional career, Manubah periodically returned home to represent the Liberian national team. In addition, he consistently gave back to his local community by coaching local youth teams. In April 2016, Manubah received his FIFA 'C' coaching license, and he aspires to attain an 'A' license by 2020. Manubah is excited to be fulfilling his lifelong dream of coaching at the first football school in Liberia.
Musa P. Sheriff
Director of Academics
Musa Sheriff is the Director of Academics at LEAD Monrovia Football Academy. He arrived at the football school highly recommended by Mr. Sekou Konneh, an accomplished Liberian academic who is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Liberia. Prior to joining the Academy, Sheriff taught biology at a number of Monrovia's high schools, held a post as the Vice President of Student Affairs at one of Monrovia's top schools, worked as a consultant for multiple NGOs, and lectured at Liberia's United Methodist University. In 2014, Sheriff received WHO Ebola awareness training and worked as a community outreach officer for Ebola awareness and sanitization.
Sheriff holds a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Liberia. His work ethic and commitment to the lives of young Liberians make him the ideal leader of our academic program.
Life Skills Program Officer & Teacher
Sona Traore serves as Life Skills Program Officer and teaches Mathematics and Science at the Academy. In June 2018, she graduated from Gaziantep University in Gaziantep, Turkey with a BSc in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, Traore returned home to give back to the children of Liberia. She is deeply passionate about education – especially the equal education of boys and girls. She recognizes the potential in every child and believes every child can succeed.
Traore is a 2010-2011 YES Alumni and an emerging young leader who is making her mark amongst her peers in Liberia and around the world. She has inspired a lot of girls in several leadership roles, voicing her opinions about issues affecting girls and women in her community. Traore is ecstatic to be working at the Academy.
Finance & Compliance Officer
Joseph Yengbe is the Finance & Compliance Officer at the Academy. An economist by trade, Yengbe also works full-time as a Treasury Analyst at the Central Bank of Liberia. Within the same time period, Yengbe volunteered with the National Elections Commission as an elections observer and simultaneously worked with several youth community organizations. Upon receiving his MBA in Turkey, Yengbe returned to Liberia with a renewed determination to develop Liberia’s most coveted asset – its youth. As both a teacher and football coach at the Academy, Yengbe challenges the Academy’s student-athletes to be the best they can be both academically and athletically.
Yengbe holds an MBA from Istanbul Kemerburgaz University in Turkey, as well as a BSc in Economics from Cuttington University in Liberia.
Social Welfare Officer
Winston Browne is the Academy’s Social Welfare Officer. Prior to joining the Academy’s staff in September 2018, Browne was the head of the Academy’s Parent Association. After retiring from careers as a community worker and builder, Browne was reinvigorated to return to work upon seeing the Academy’s impact on his son and daughter, both of whom joined the Academy in September 2016.
Cecelia P. Tyler
Cecelia Tyler teaches Social Studies, Language Arts, and Reading/Writing at the Academy. After growing up in Paynesville, Liberia, Tyler started teaching at a local elementary school in 1999. Since then, Tyler has taught at the primary level in four different schools across Montserrado County. Most recently, she was the principal of a community school in Paynesville.
Since joining the Academy in September 2016, Tyler has helped diversify our instructional methods. As a teacher trainer at Monrovia's WE-CARE Library, she is well-equipped with interactive lesson plans that make learning fun for our student-athletes.
Tyler holds a BSc in Primary Education from the University of Liberia, as well as teaching certificates from the WE-CARE Library and the Ministry of Education.
John Kobeh Mills
John Mills teaches Social Studies and Language Arts at the Academy. Mills began his teaching career in 2000 and has taught at several primary and secondary schools over the past 17 years. Notably, he taught Phonics, Reading, Writing, and Spelling at J.J. Roberts United Methodist School, one of Liberia’s best schools, from 2006-2011. From 2011-2017, Mills served as a teacher trainer in the southeast of Liberia with IBIS, a Danish education organization. Mills brings experience and expertise to our dynamic teaching staff.
Mills holds a BA in Sociology and Demography from the University of Liberia, as well as teacher training certificates from several international and Liberian institutions.
Meskora Amoussou teaches French, Language Arts, and Creative Arts at the Academy. Prior to joining the Academy, Amoussou taught French for four years at the School of Prime Systems in Paynesville. Beyond the classroom, Amoussou has used her creative eye as an employee at MBL International and Cachelle International. She is a widely sought after creative artist, and she is thrilled to be introducing a foreign language and the arts to the Academy’s student-athletes.
Amoussou is currently pursuing her BA in Political Science from African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia.
Garkonjue T.H. Whiegar
Garkonjue Whiegar teaches Math, Science, French, and Vocabulary to 5th and 8th graders at LEAD MFA. His role as a teacher started in 2003 and has since taught at many primary and secondary schools in Liberia. In 2006, he was awarded a certificate of hard work for his dedication and determination at the James E. Cooper Child Foundational Academy.
Mr. Whiagar holds a BBA degree in Accounting and Economics from the African Methodist Episcopal University, AMEU. He has a C- certificate in general education from the LICOSSES teaching college and since joining the academy he continues to show his desire to ensure that students are given quality education.
David Allison teaches General Science, Health, Math and Agriculture to 7th and 8th graders at LEAD MFA. For three years (2015-2018), he taught Math and Science to secondary school students ages 8-14 in Liberia. Allison has also worked with primary school students. He worked with Street Child of Liberia and the Liberian Education Advancement Program (LEAP). At Street Child of Liberia, he participated in a six-month program aimed to improve literacy and numeracy for Liberian children.
Allison holds a BSc. degree in General Agriculture from the University of Liberia (2017). He is a staunch believer of early childhood education. And, he uses his skills and energy to improve the learning of students at the academy. We are glad to have him at the academy.
Ibrahim B. Nyei
Ibrahim Nyei is a self-contained teacher at LEAD Monrovia Football Academy, LEAD MFA. He teaches 4th grade. Nyei brings to LEAD MFA more than 10 years of teaching experience at both primary and secondary levels. He taught at St. Edwards Catholic High School, D. Tweh High School, and the Robertsport Government High School in Grand Cape Mount county. He also served as the dean of students for the Sinje Public High School in Grand Cape Mount County in 2015/16.
Nyei has a BSc. degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Liberia (2010). And, he is currently pursuing an MSc. degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology at the Cuttington Graduate School.
Nyei uses his energy and many years of experience to nurture future leaders at the academy. We are happy to have him at LEAD MFA.
Joseph K. Hina
Head Football Coach
Joseph Hina is the Head Football Coach at the Academy. He joins the Academy with extensive playing and coaching experience in Liberia. As a player, Hina starred with the renowned Invincible Elevens. As a coach, Hina has worked with footballers of all ages – from youth to professionals. Coach Hina brings a wealth of experience to the Academy’s football program.
Assistant Football Coach
Florence Monboe is widely known as the best female footballer in recent Liberian history. As the former captain of the women’s national team and one of four women in Liberia with a FIFA ‘C’ coaching license, Monboe brings a wealth of leadership and expertise to MFA. In addition to participating in sessions with the entire group, she joins Naomi Peters and works closely with a few of MFA’s female student-athletes.
Assistant Football Coach
Naomi Peters joins MFA after an illustrious professional career. As a veteran of the Liberian women’s national team and a number of women's professional teams in Liberia, Peters has played at the highest level of Liberian women’s football. In addition to participating in sessions with the entire group, she often works closely with a few of MFA’s female student-athletes.
Agnes Togbah is the medic/trainer at LEAD MFA. As a former member of the Liberian national team's training staff, Togbah is a highly respected medic in Liberian football circles. She attends to our student-athletes at every training session and match, and she provides injury reports for our coaches on a daily basis.
Togbah is a favorite of our student-athletes – she is affectionately referred to as "Aunty Agnes" – and she brings positive energy to the Academy on a daily basis.
Abraham Z.B. Washington
Abraham Washington is a Medic at LEAD Monrovia Football Academy. Washington has been a practicing nurse since 2007. He started his career as a nurse assistant at Ahmadiyya Muslim Clinic. In 2011, he transitioned to the classroom, teaching Chemistry and General Science at several schools across Monrovia. In 2016, Washington left the classroom and joined one of Liberia’s most historic football clubs Mighty Barolle, as their chief medic. At Monrovia Football Academy, Washington works directly with Agnes Togbah to ensure our student-athletes are safe and healthy.
Washington holds a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Liberia.
Director of Catering
Sharon Ajavon prepares LEAD MFA’s lunches. As a young woman, she learned to cook under the tutelage of her mother, who is a renowned chef within the MVTC community in Paynesville. Since then, she has run a catering business and been the head chef at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center's restaurant. Ajavon has a wonderful rapport with the student-athletes, and we are lucky to have her.
Zoe Anderson works with Sharon Ajavon on a daily basis to prepare school lunches. Prior to joining the Academy, Anderson was running her own catering company in Paynesville, Liberia. As a full-time caterer, she regularly cooked for hundreds of people at weddings, parties, and other big events.
Anderson's cooking career began in 1997, when she attended a culinary school in Ghana. Upon completing her culinary course, Anderson opened a small restaurant called Red Copy in the Buduburam refugee camp. She has a wealth of cooking experience and we're delighted to have her ensuring our student-athletes are eating nutritious, delicious food.
Melanie B. Toe
Melanie Toe is the Administrative Intern at LEAD Monrovia Football Academy. Since joining the Academy in September 2017, Toe has performed general clerical duties and provided support to the rest of the Academy staff. Before Monrovia Football Academy, Toe interned for several Liberian organizations, including J-Palm Liberia and SHALOM, Inc.
Toe holds a high school diploma from St. Teresa Convent High School. She is a sophomore student at the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences at Stella Maris Polytechnic.
Head of Security
Josiah Foley is the head of security at LEAD MFA. Before joining the academy, Foley served 3 years as the head of security for the community watch team in the New Hope Community, Jacob Town.
Foley is a graduate of the St. Francis High School. He is also a student at the University of Liberia, where he studies General Agriculture. Foley uses his many years of community policing to help provide a safe and conducive environment for our student-athletes to learn, grow, and develop.