The official opening ceremony of the ongoing NCSM took place on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium or ATS in Monrovia. And as sports fans gathered at the 12,000-seated stadium, re-elected Montserrado County Senator Dillon of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) and the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) by extension and his most bitter political rival, Rep. Fallah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change embraced each other in the VIP stand of the stadium. Interestingly, Rep. Fallah was already seated alongside Youth and Sports Minister Dester Zeogar Wilson and Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy when Sen. Dillon entered the stadium.
Sen. Dillon, upon approaching the seated officials, greeted them and in particular, saluted Rep. Fallah. Rep. Fallah, in return, woke up from his seat and with smile, hugged Sen. Dillon over four times and then the both men laughed and in unison waved to the teams of Montserrado and Maryland County. The two Montserrado County lawmakers also briefly chatted with smiles and laughter before holding each other’s hands and walked down the stairs to officially greet the two teams along with Minister Wilson and Supt. Brandy on the main carpet. Following the greetings of players, the two lawmakers and other officials of government walked to the main VIP stand and together observed the games together as they waved their respective county’s flags.
Accordingly, that level of friendship and togetherness came at the dismay of Liberians, most of whom perhaps, had been into bitter arguments about the pair in different political corners during and after the much publicized Special Senatorial Elections. Certainly, on the overall, it was a good day for the pair as Montserrado cruised to victory in kickball, female soccer and in male soccer. Meanwhile, in the kickball encounter, a well-experienced Montserrado came from 2-0 home runs in the first innings to thrash Maryland 11-2 innings. The host went on to win the male soccer 3-1 and settled to a 0-0 draw with the Marylanders.