The Liberia Football Association said it takes serious exception to the late disapproval of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City by the Confederation of African Football to host the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers.
The latest decision by CAF according to the Liberia Football Association runs contrary to its August 15, 2021 communication which previously permitted Liberia to host its first home match while she continue ongoing works at the SKD.
“It is worthy to note that after all of this CAF 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 LFA added.
The LFA through a statement stressed that it is frustrating on the part of CAF to take such a late decision after it has galvanized funds and subsequent purchase of air tickets for all its players from abroad to Nigeria and back to Monrovia including hotel costs, a combination of accommodation and feeding.
Well despite the dissatisfaction by the Football house, CAF maintained that in a move to ensure best playable conditions in the upcoming qualifying matches and through a communication dated August 24, 2021 disapproved the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports complex from hosting the September 6, 2021 World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic.
“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 30 August to 7 September window due to non-compliance as at the time of inspection”, the statement added.
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.
As part of the new decision Liberia is now expected 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, 2021 at 16:00 hours.
It can be recalled that since the commencement work at the SKD in spite of some progress made, inspectors have repeatedly complained and recommended more work to be done at the playing pitch.
According to experts, apart from the playing pitch Liberia still have a lot of work to be done at the SKD to ensure that it meets international standards.