Orange First Division: LFA Reschedules Matchday-5 for Wednesday, 1st December Due to Oilers Vs Pirates Confed Cup Clash

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The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has postponed matchday-5 fixtures of the 2021/22 Orange 1st Division League set for Sunday, 28th November.

The cancellation comes as a result of LPRC Oilers’ CAF TotalEnergies Confederation Cup first leg tie at home to Orlando Pirates of South Africa on the same weekend.

The Match-day 5 encounters of the domestic Top-flight have now been rescheduled for the midweek of Wednesday, December 1st 2021 with fixtures, venues, and kick-off time remaining the same.

The Liberian domestic league champions are expected to play host to the South Africans’ giants in the first leg of the second tier competition for African football clubs on Sunday 28th November at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex near Monrovia.

It will be the first time that Oilers are playing on home soil in the continental showpiece since defeating Togo’s ASKO de Kara 3-1 in the CAF Champions League first leg clash at the ATS back in September.

Following this win, Oilers have since played their last match in a CAF’s competition away from home due to a ban which was placed on the Sports Complex (SKD) and Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) respectively by Africa’s football ruling body.

The ban caused Oilers to play their CAF Champions League second preliminary rounds first leg clash against Moroccan side Raja Casablanca in a home away from at the Marrakech stadium in Morocco after negotiations between the LFA and the Royal Morocco Football Federation (RMFF).

Oilers played both legs in Morocco and lost on a 4-0 to Raja (meaning they lost 2-0 in each of the leg).

Howbeit, the postponement and rescheduling of the much anticipated matchday-5 actions are meant for clubs to stand in solidarity with the Oil boys as they look to engage the Sea Robbers in a titanic showdown this Sunday, the same day of the 1st Division fixtures.

Though the new date was earlier scheduled for the kick-off of the 2021/22 LFA Petro Trade Cup, but the Liberian football authority has informed football stakeholders that a new date will be announced for the Petro Cup soon.

Oilers should have been away to current league leaders Bea Mountain this weekend in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County, but the postponement means that the Gold boys who are hungry to extend their lead on the table as they look to engage the champions will now have to wait until next month.

Meanwhile, there is also a hold on the rebirth of the biggest and most historic rivalry between Liberia’s two oldest clubs Mighty Barrolle and Invincible Eleven (IE).

However, the fixtures will now take place on the rescheduled date at the refurbished Doris Williams Stadium in Buchanan, Grand Bassa.

The match is set to be the first meeting between the two clubs in nearly a decade.

Both clubs currently sit at the bottom of the league table at the respective 10th and 11th place.

Yekepa giants Heaven Eleven trip to Gardnersville to take on Second-placed Freeport at the TUSA Field has been put to a hold as well.

The Gangra boys are desperate to bring to an end the unbeaten run of the Go Greens who have been flying high since the start of the campaign collecting two wins alongside two draws.

The boxing day matchup involving 4th-placed Watanga and third-placed LISCR at the SKD Mini Stadium have also been cancelled from this weekend to early December.

The Shipping boys were preparing to upset their closet contenders on the league table this weekend as they hope to recover from a 2-1 defeat suffered to Nimba Kwado over the weekend in the ATS showdown.

After holding the champions to a dramatic 2-2 draw the past weekend, it is obvious that Watanga are not willing to compromise their push for the top spot.

Monrovia Club Breweries who have been without a win in their last two league encounters were expected to play host to relegation battlers Nimba United at the ATS this weekend.

Breweries have been without a win since a matchday two victory over Mighty Barrolle ( their only win of the season so far) at the ATS.

United who have recorded only a point after bowing to 3 defeats and recording just a draw from 4 games in the 2021/22 league season were also hoping to lay hands on their first three points of the league against the Beer boys at the weekend.

But, both clubs now have more time to prepare for the cracker which will happen next week at the ATS.

Similarly, Nimba Kwado will also take on newly promoted Sandi FC at the Nimba County Sports Stadium in Sanniquellie next week.

Kwado have recorded one win and a draw from their last two home games this season.

They were held to a disappointing nil-nil draw to First League’s debutants Heaven Eleven on the opening day before upsetting title holders Oilers a weekend after to clinch their first three points of the season.

Meanwhile, Margibi giants Sandi have been without a win in their last two outings since the commencement of the season.

They lost to reigning champions Oilers in their opening league game at the TUSA Field in Gardnersville before bowing to a humiliating 8-2 defeat to title contenders LISCR at the same venue on match-day 3.

Kwado are presently positioned 5th on the table, while Sandi hang a step (9th-placed) above the relegation area.

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