The University of Liberia, commonly referred to as LU, is one of a few institutions in Liberia that has a rich basketball history. From epic battles against their rival Cuttington University College to international competition, LU saw young men and women from different generations demonstrate spectacular basketball skills.
This picture is homage to that tradition. Coached by Melvin Hall, this picture features the 1989 LU team that won a Bronze Medal at the 1989 West African University Games (WAUG) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Members of this team include the following:
Standing L - R: Smith Jallah, Aaron Davis Ishmael Jones, James Verdier (Captain), Archiemore Frederick, Emmett Watson, Joseph Robertson, Anthony Fannoh,
Squatting L - R: Cephas Acolatse, Anthony McIntosh, J. Bernard Blamo, and Eric Daniels.
These athletes were the pride of a grateful nation.
Although this team was coached by the Late Legendary Head Coach Alexander Kojo Anderson, aka Psycho, he did not make the trip. Another basketball great, Melvin Hall, who was a professor at LU at the time, substituted as Head Coach. His assistant was the Late Great Matthais Nimley, who was both an alumnus and former basketball superstar of the University of Liberia. Others that accompanied the team to Burkina Faso were Mr. Joseph S. M. Narmah, Director of Sports and Physical Education and Mr. Lavela Pewu, a French professor who played the role of interpreter for the delegation.