SKD Sports Stadium Unapproved by CAF, But LFA Takes Serious Exception

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has banned the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium for the World Cup qualifying match between Liberia vs Central African Republic expected to take place on September 6, 2021.

Liberia Football Association was informed of the decision by CAF to not approve the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium for the match which contradicts the initial communication from CAF dated August 15 of a one-match approval.

The authority of CAF has noted a “setback” in the progress made on the quality of the pitch which it said occurred last week even though the inspection team conceded that considerable works have been done worthy of the one-match approval.

A statement from CAF’s 15th August communication to the LFA Secretariat summarily quoted, ’grant the SKD a one-match approval for use on Match day (1 & 2) and after in the event of non-implementation, the stadium will be formally prohibited.’

But in CAF’s latest communication dated 24th August, it said due to the need to ensure the best playable conditions in the upcoming qualifying match, the following decisions have now been taken:

·Former prohibition is made to use the SKD Sports Complex or any other stadium in Liberia for the qualifying matches of the World Cup by FIFA, Qatar 2022, starting from 30th August to 7th September window due to non-compliance as of the time of inspection.
. Your national association is requested to play the qualifying Matchday 2 for the FIFA World Cup against Central Africa Republic in Stade de la Reunification Douala (Cameroon)on September 6 at 1600Hrs GMT.

Hence, the LFA takes serious exception to the communication and has vehemently reacted following galvanization of funds and subsequent purchased of air tickets for all its players from abroad to Nigeria and back to Monrovia including hotels costs a combination of accommodation and feeding.

It is worthy to note, that all this after CAF has encouraged the LFA to continue the ongoing renovation program and to confirm the purchase of all required stadium equipment to fulfil the SKD to be ‘’homologated.’’ the football house said in its respond to the latest CAF decision.

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