The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has proposed the complete cancellation of the 2019/20 Orange national league season based on Force Majeure.
The LFA on March 17, suspended all football activities across the country following the confirmation of a coronavirus case in the country and a nationwide address by president George Weah.
The top tire league should have ended on May 13, 2020, with nine rounds of games still remaining, while the second division should have ended on May 19, 2020, with 12 rounds of games still left and playoffs ending on June 1, 2020. In the upper women’s division, the league was still in its first phase with five rounds of games being played so far.
The LFA in its recommendations wants the end date of the leagues to be considered as a cutoff point of the 2019/20 league season.
The recommendation, according to the football house, is to avoid “leaving stakeholders in limbo and unwarranted expenditures” as the actual end of the ongoing global pandemic is yet to be predicted.
It further recommended that there should be no promotion or relegation, excluding the women’s lower division league that was almost at a climax.
Unlike the First Division where the points margin is very narrow with one point separating the league leaders and the second division that has more games remaining, the football house believes that “it will be unfair to deny the leading club in the lower women’s division a promotion to the upper division.”
“It is our fervent optionsand recommendations that the women’s lower league which was almost at its climax with at most six matches remaining, the club with the highest points according to the table, be promoted to the women’s upper division to have 10 clubs in the upper league, which shall be in confirmative with FIFA request to have at least 10 women’s football clubs in the higher division of member associations.”
LFA has at the sametime recommended that if the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decides to have the Champions League and Confederation Cup, the first six clubs on the table should have knockout tournament in order to determine Liberia’s representation in the Champions League.
Petrol Trade Cup
In the Petrol Trade Cup that had already reached the quarterfinals, LFA recommended that the competition should be played to determine Liberia’s representative for the CAF Confederation Cup, but based on the prevailing health crisis.
LFA has for the past days held meetings with various clubs to solicit their views and participation considering the impact of the decision of the decision that will be reached. The football body is expected to come out with a final decision after today’s meeting with clubs in the women’s division.
CAF’s Member Associations, including LFA have been requested to decide on the fate of their respective suspended leagues by May 5, 2020.