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Liberia To Play World Cup Qualification Matches Away From Monrovia

Believe it or not, the national team, Lone Stars will play its next home FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Central African Republic on July 11 away from home.

This follows a decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to declare the only remaining international venue in the country, Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Complex not up-to required standards.

In a letter dated May 2, 2021 sent to Liberia Football Association (LFA) secretary-general Isaac Montgomery, CAF deputy secretary-general football and development Anthony Baffoe puts it categorically clear that after receiving a stadium report, photo and video evidence report about SKD Complex, the country has to look for an alternative venue.

“Kindly note that incase of failure to provide the requested information, CAF will fix the venue in the opponent’s home stadium. Once again, we emphasize that quality stadiums are fundamental for the development and progress of African football, hence the regulations and its requirements compliance be implemented strictly by CAF,” Baffoe said.

CAF added that they have given the LFA up to May 7 to select a neutral and approved venue within CAF’s territories to host their “home matches”.

Lone Stars are due to face Central African Republic in their 2022 World Cup Qualifier match two on July 11, just four weeks after their opening clash against Nigeria on June 5.

LFA is reported to have sounded out Morocco, Guinea, Ghana and Ivory Coast of over the possibility of its national team using their stadiums.

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