LFA Mandates Stadium Managers To Prevent COVID-19


The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has mandated all stadium managers to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Convid-19).

In a circular to all presidents on 13 March, LFA secretary-general Isaac Montgomery said the decision is necessary following the WHO’s declaration of Convid-19 as a global pandemic.

Montgomery mandated all stadium managers to place drums of chlorinated water with the appropriate medical substances for the washing of hands.

The 2019/2020 Orange league is being played in Montserrado, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties.

According to Montgomery, the pre/post-match shaking of hands by players and match officials and exchange of jerseys have been temporarily banned.

He said the LFA will take further actions based on the directives of the WHO, Liberian government, Caf or Fifa.

Meanwhile, CAF has postponed three upcoming qualifiers amid the rapid spread of Convid-19.

Qualifiers postponed include the men’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) match-days three and four, which should have been played from 25-31 March; 2020 Fifa under-20 women’s World Cup qualifiers, which was scheduled for 20-22 March and 27-29 March and women’s 2020 Afcon qualifiers scheduled for 8-14 April.

CAF also postponed a workshop for match commissioners, which should have been held from 19-20 March in Cairo, Egypt.

Liberia were due to play Cameroon in the under-20 and Senegal in the women’s qualifier.

In a letter to members on 13 March, Caf said it was indefinitely suspending the qualifiers despite the fact that only a few cases had been reported in Africa.

“Several players, who are supposed to play the next Afcon qualifiers come from countries [in Europe], which have been severely affected by the virus,” said the letter.

CAF also explained that many African governments have imposed strong travel restrictions with many clubs unhappy about releasing players, having previously stated it would “maintain its schedule” until an African country was declared high-risk.

There was no mention of the African Nations Championship (Chan), which is scheduled to take place in Cameroon from 4-25 April.

A delegation from CAF medical committee is set to visit Cameroon – which has reported two cases of coronavirus so far – on 7 March, with a view to assessing ‘the preventive measures taken by the local organizing committee’ ahead of the tournament for locally-players.

CAF said it will announce a new date in due time.