Liberia: Football Authority Sanctions Three Playing Pitches From Hosting League Games Over Bad Conditions

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The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has sanctioned three match venues from hosting games of the ongoing 2021/22 Orange National League season.

The decision from the Liberian football authority was provoked by the poor conditions of those playing pitches following recent findings by the Club Licensing Committee of the LFA.

Venues affected by the LFA’s decision include the Kinjor Sports Pitch located in Grand Cape Mount County, C. H. Dewey Pitch in Bomi County, and the famous Blue Field situated in the hearth of Monrovia.

The Kinjor Sports Pitch have been used to host home games of First Division Club Bea Mountain with the C. H. Dewey playing Pitch in Tubmanburg, Bomi serving as the home ground for PAGS Football Club, whilst the Blue Field is being used by newly promoted 2nd Division side CeCe United Football Club in the Liberian domestic Second tier.

Current status of the turf at the Blue Field in Monrovia Photo courtesy: LFA Media
Current status of the turf at the Blue Field in Monrovia Photo courtesy: LFA Media

The depleted condition of the Kinjor Sports Pitch was brought to the spotlight back in November when they hosted Heaven Eleven FC in a Match-day 3 encounter of the current campaign which the Gold boys won 1-0 against their visitors. There was a heavy downpour of rain which even worsen the deplorable condition of the playing pitch.

The LFA came under a huge criticism from football fans including some local and international football Journalists after photos of the [Kinjor] pitch went viral on the social media especially Facebook with plenty of damning reactions from the public against the local football governing body.

The Cape Mount giants have played only four of their nine league games at the Kinjor Sports Pitch so far this season winning two and drawing two as well.

Sitting area for VIP at the Kinjor Sports Pitch in Grand Cape Mount - Photo by: LFA Media
Sitting area for VIP at the Kinjor Sports Pitch in Grand Cape Mount – Photo by: LFA Media

The Liberia Football Association (LFA) decision to enjoin the three stadiums from hosting the remaining matches of the current campaign was announced earlier on their (LFA) official Facebook page on Friday, 14 January.

A communication sent to the concerned clubs by the secretariat of the LFA said, ‘’your club stadium…is hereby banned with immediate effect until otherwise based on findings from our Club Licensing Department relative to the club failure to meet up with the minimum requirements set by the LFA.”

“Hence, all home matches that were initially scheduled at those venues for the current campaign will be re-scheduled and determined by the LFA.” The statement continued.

Those three disqualified venues were amongst eleven stadiums being used by clubs in the ongoing season.

There are 2 games left to close the first phase of the Orange 1st Division league with the other 11 games taking place in the second half of the season.

Despite the Liberia football house’s decision to keep league games away from those venues, there will still be games of the Third Division and Community League despite the findings against the stadiums.

Football facilities, especially stadiums remain a serious challenge for football development in the country despite efforts from the football authority through the FIFA Forward 2.0 which has helped the LFA refurbish couple of stadiums in Montserrado and Grand Bassa last year.

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