Qatar 2022 WCQ: Liberia Hopeful of getting Green Light after CAF Completes Fourth Inspection at SKD Stadium

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Ugandan club licensing manager and CAF stadium inspection expert, Ivan Bayige Kintu has completed a one day pitch and facility inspection at the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex on Saturday, 16 October 2021.

The inspection is intended to justify whether the stadium is ready to host international matches especially Liberia’s last two matches of the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The SKD is amongst several venues across the African continent that is being banned from hosting 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers over CAF Licensing Stadium Requirements for the improvement of African football.

Against this backdrop, the Liberian government through the Sports Ministry has been carrying on some quick impact rehabilitation works at the facility over the last few months after the stadium was being sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Major works done on different areas of the SKD include: Medical Room, Official Rooms, Team Dressing Rooms, VVIP and VIP Lounges, Stadium Control Room, Bathroom facilities, Media Tribune and Media Room, and etc.

However, the playing pitch, bucket seats, floodlights, and turnstile (electronic ticket system) are amongst key facilities that the Ministry of Sports and the Liberia Football Association (LFA) reckoned were still challenges.

The inspection on the SKD was the fourth conducted by the continent’s football governing body after [SKD] failing to meet CAF and FIFA’s required standard in the last three inspection exercises which have seen Liberia being denied the right to host a home match in the qualifying series and other international competitions including club’s competition.

Following Kintu’s inspections, determination will be made by FIFA after the CAF Inspector has filed in his report.

CAF's Stadium Inpector Kintu at the SKD Photo by: Liberian Sports Journalist T. Kla Wesley Jr.
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CAF’s Stadium Inpector Kintu at the SKD Stadium Photo by: Liberian Sports Journalist T. Kla Wesley Jr.

Liberia’s Sports Minister Dexter Zeogar Wilson and executives of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) are hopeful that the SKD can reach CAF and FIFA’s standard this time in order to get a green light for hosting international matches.

SKD is home to Lone Star since the stadium was opened in 1986, but was sanctioned this year by CAF and FIFA ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers after the football governing bodies deemed the venue not conducive for FIFA competitions.

Lone Star has their final two games (against C.A.R and Nigeria) at home in November. Liberia will know their fate in the coming days.

Mr. Kintu leaves Liberia via ASKY Airlines on Sunday, October 17,2021.

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