CAF to Pay Stadium Inspection Visit to Liberia

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A team of inspectors from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is expected to visit Liberia soon to inspect the SKD Sports Complex.

The inspection exercise is meant to ensure that matches are hosted in facilities that meet international standards particularly for the safety and security of the stakeholders – Players, officials, and fans. It is also in preparation for international fixtures, including the 2021 AFCON and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Ministry of Youth and Sports is said to have carried out some works of recent at the national stadium to meet the standards.

According to CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, the temporary relaxation of the requirements- regarding certain aspects such as the stands – has taken place due to the organization behind closed doors of the next international matches.

Seven (7) stadiums from nine (9) member associations that were earlier visited have been suspended, while six (6) others received temporary approval, due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The stadiums were suspended based on the poor state of the pitch and surrounding areas, the inconsistency of dressing rooms and match officials’ rooms, medical facilities, media or TV or broadcasting areas, training pitches, and to a lesser extent, spectator area and VVIP or VIP lounges.

CAF said it is currently working with Member Associations concerned in order to improve the targeted points within the allotted time, and in case of difficulties in achieving the set objectives, they will be able to play their teams away.

During the launch of the initiative last March, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad explained that this decision was a major step towards the long-term objective of having African matches organized matches under conditions that meet global standards.