CAF Temporarily Uplifts Ban On The SKD Sports Stadium


The Confederation of African Football (CAF), the body responsible to steer the affairs of football across the continent of Africa has temporarily withdrawn its ban imposed on the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

The African football governing body on Sunday, 2 May 2021 announced in a communication to the Liberian football body that it has sanction the SKD from hosting matches of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which is expected to kick-off June of this year.

CAF said in its communication to the Liberian football body (LFA), that the SKD did not meet with its minimum stadium qualification after a video and pictorial view of the facility.

CAF further informed the Liberian football body that they had to find approved stadiums for their home matches in Guinea, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Morocco amongst other.

The news actually broke the hearts of many Liberians, especially those following the beautiful game of football after about 25 million dollars have been spent to renovate this same facility between 2007 and 2017.

However, less than 24 hours following the Sunday’s decision the CAF again announced that it has temporarily removed the ban on the SKD until a further assessment is conducted.

This comes as a result of intervention by executives of the LFA.

Meanwhile, the CAF has announced that it will hold an important video conference zoom meeting with the Liberian football authorities on Friday, 7 May.

The Samuel Kayon Doe Stadium near Monrovia is the official home ground of the Liberia national football team, the Lone Stars.

In 1995, Liberia international George Weah was named FIFA World player of the year, but the country has never been at the World Cup finals.

In another development, President George Manneh Weah, will on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 meet the President of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino.

Mr. Infantino, accompanied by the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), will arrive in the country on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 as part of his tour of Africa.
President Weah, a legendary footballer and friend of the FIFA boss, is expected to use the occasion to discuss wide range of issues relating to football development in Liberia and Africa.
The President is particularly expected to thank Mr. Infantino and FIFA for the innovative leadership skills he brought to the global football body, as well as the
numerous support he is rendering the Liberian Football Association.