Prior to opening matches, there will be an official opening ceremony with President George Manneh Weah, Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson and an array of officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and central government as well as members of the county leadership in attendance at th Doris Williams Sports Pitch.
According to the fixture, the other two counties of the group, Margibi and Sinoe Counties will interface in football and kickball the following day; Sunday, January 5, 2020.
The other three groups will also kick off on Sunday (January 5) as well.
Group B pairs host Lofa, neighbor Bong County and Nimba County in Voinjama.
Group C is an all-Southeastern solidarity with host Maryland, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Sinoe in Harper City fighting for supremacy.
It is a tense battle in Group D as defending champions Bomi County and three former champions including Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu together in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.
As the preliminary rounds of the tournament are to be played across these four major venues, the quarter, semifinals and grand final will be staged at the popular Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Stadium in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Like the previous years, this year’s event is officially sponsored by Orange-Liberia.
Accordingly, the NCSM has become Liberia’s premium sporting competition since its inception 62 years ago, even though there have been series of pauses due to some political crisis or monetary issues.
The tournament was first inaugurated in 1956 during the regime of former President William V.S. Tubman as a unifying tool for Liberians, who had been divided on the basis of the Congue-native divide, and also for the development of sports in the country.
From the onset of the annual sports festival, it was only played under one category, and that was only football. And as record today shows, Nimba and Grand Kru Counties are the joint highest carriers with four football titles and are followed by Grand Bassa, three.
It was until the regime of slain Liberian President Samuel Doe, that basketball was added to the tournament in the 1989 tournament.
Following the historicity of this, Liberians have come to realize that the significance, especially with the development of sports and unity cannot be overemphasized owing to the fact that even up to today, Liberians still remain more divided than ever before. Therefore, the pending tournament will be played under the theme: “Sustaining the peace through sports.”