Confederation Cup: CAF Grants Oilers permission to use SKD Stadium for Orlando Pirates Clash

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly granted Liberian champions LPRC Oilers the permission to use the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex near Monrovia for their CAF Confederation Cup first leg clash against South African Club Orlando Pirates.

The game is set to take place on November 28 at the SKD, a venue CAF denied Liberia from using for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

What remains unclear is whether the African football governing body has finally withdrawn the ban on the Liberian national Stadium.

But CAF’s latest fixtures released for the second tier competition for African Clubs has the SKD Sports Complex as venue for the Oilers versus Orlando Pirates encounter set for later this month.

The Club said in a statement on their official Facebook page on Monday: “The seven times Liberian league champions and one time CAF Cup Winners Cup now Confederations Cup quarter-finalists, LPRC Oilers FC will on November 28, hosts nine times South African league champions and one time CAF champions league winners Orlando Pirates at the SKD in the CAF Confederations Cup play-off for place in the group stage.”

LPRC Oilers were forced to search for a home away from Liberia in the first leg of the second preliminary rounds of the CAF TotalEnergies Champions League against Moroccan giants Raja Athletic Club due to the sanction placed on Liberia’s two most recognized stadiums, Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Stadium and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium from hosting international competitions.

The Royal Morocco Football Federation (RMFF) through a negotiation with the Liberian football authority granted LPRC Oilers used of a stadium in Marrakech, Morocco where they hosted Raja.

Liberia senior national football team were denied the right to play their last two home games of the FIFA World qualifiers against Cape Verde and Nigeria in Liberia after a fourth inspection of the SKD came out negative with the Stadium failing to meet the minimum requirements according to reports from CAF.

Liberia hosted the Blue Sharks in a home match at the Accra Sports Stadium early October before taking on Nigeria at the Stadé Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco last Saturday owing to the ban.

Liberia will again host their last home match of Group C in the qualifier series against the Wild Beasts of Central African Republic on Tuesday, November 16 in Morocco.

Howbeit, the latest report means that the reigning Liberians back-to-back champions are now eligible to play against the Sea Robbers at the SKD.

Oilers were drawn against the South Africans giants at the Confederation Cup draw held at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt last month.

They turned to the Confederation Cup following a 4-0 aggregate defeat in the CAF Champions League to Moroccan champions Raja Athletic.

The Sea Robbers progressed to the second playoffs following the elimination of Congo-Brazzaville club Diables Noirs in the first preliminary round of the playoffs.

Oilers defeated Togolese giants ASKO de Kara 3-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at the ATS in September before grabbing an important away goal in the return leg in Togo to advance to the next phase of the competition on a 4-2 win on aggregate.

With the lifting of the ban of the SKD, it may serve as a boost for the Oilers who will be hoping to put a good display in the first leg as the second leg is away to Pirates on the weekend of December 3-5 in South Africa.

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