William Smith is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of 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 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 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 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.
Louvette C. Neal
Life Skills Program Officer
Louvette Neal is a compassionately spirited change-maker with two years of experience in education. She is a graduate of Mercer University, where she studied Global Health. This path was inspired by her passion to be a part of the solution and prevention process of several health problems in Liberia.
After her studies, Neal returned to fulfill her scholarship commitment at Ricks Institute, with the hope of creating positive change in Liberia. Between 2015 and 2017, she taught Language Arts and mentored a group of 20 students at Ricks. Additionally, since returning to Liberia in 2015, she has volunteered with Face Africa on a WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) project in River Cess County and served as a mentor for 15 girls at the LITWorld/LITCLUB program in Monrovia.
Currently, Neal serves as the Life Skills Program Officer at Monrovia Football Academy and the Girls Entrepreneurship & Tech program manager at SMART Liberia. She is passionate about working to empower and inspire a generation of change-leaders that will lift Liberia into a more prosperous future.
Development & Evaluation Officer
James Kiawoin is the Development & Evaluation Officer at Monrovia Football Academy. Prior to joining the Academy, Kiawoin worked as a partnerships officer and program coordinator at Last Mile Health, an extremely successful Liberian-run NGO that provides healthcare for Liberia's most remote communities. In addition to his work at Last Mile Health, Kiawoin has held brief posts at the Mandela Institute for Development Studies in South Africa and multiple Liberia-based organizations, including Youth Action International, KLW Consultants, and Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation.
Kiawoin is one of Liberia's brightest young minds. He graduated second in his class from B.W. Harris Episcopal High School at the age of 14 and subsequently attended the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. He holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado College, and he is currently completing a master's in Public Policy at Princeton University.
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.
Cecelia P. Tyler
Cecelia Tyler teaches Social Studies, Language Arts, and Reading/Writing at MFA. 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.
Isatta S. Musahson
Isatta Musahson teaches Health, Social Studies, and Language Arts at the Academy. After graduating from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, USA in May 2017, Musahson returned to Liberia to contribute to the growth and development of her country’s youth by teaching at both Monrovia Football Academy and Ricks’ Institute. Musahson excelled as a student, graduating with honors from Ricks’ Institute in Virginia, Liberia and earning a scholarship to attend Mercer University. She is particularly passionate about creating opportunities for Liberian girls, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Academy’s team.
Musahson holds a BA in Global Health and Women & Gender Studies from Mercer University.
Sona Traore 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.
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 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 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.
Equipment Manager & Coach
Varney Clark is the Equipment Manager & Coach at Monrovia Football Academy. Prior to joining the Academy, Clark was a professional footballer in Liberia. Today, he works closely with our football staff to ensure our equipment is safe. In addition, he supports our assistant coaches on the pitch.
Director of Catering
Sharon Ajavon prepares 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 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 Patern College of Health Sciences at Stella Maris Polytechnic.