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A view of the playing pitch at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville City, Outside Monrovia A view of the playing pitch at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville City, Outside Monrovia

No Mercy, As SKD Banned Again Featured

Despite some improvements done in recent weeks at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex or SKD the country's foremost international stadium has once again been banned by the Cconfederation of African Football (CAF) for hosting international matches.

The SKD is situated in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia. The latest ban is the third of its kind by the continental football governing, which deemed that the stadium has not still reached the minimum criteria.

Having already been banned from two previous inspections, the country last week requested CAF to do another inspection of the SKD in an attempt to host its last two 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Nigeria and Central African Republic respectively.

Upon the invitation, CAF mandated Ugandan Club Licensing Officer, Ivan Bayige Kintu to do the inspection of the entire stadium including the playing pitch, which has over the times been at the center of the ban action.

Following his inspection, the CAF official informed Liberian football authorities that the SKD does not still fully meet the set CAF Stadium minimum requirements to host international matches.

"Reference to the reinspection visit conducted by CAF in Samuel Kanyon Doe Complex as part the stadiums assessment for homologation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022-African qualifiers, based on the inspection report, while we commend the efforts made to improve the stadium in the past period, we regret to inform you that the stadium still does not fully meet the set CAF Stadium minimum requirements and consequently will not be approved for the qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup Quatar 2022 matchday 5 and 6," CAF said in a letter to Liberia Football Association (LFA) Secretary General, Isaac Montgomery.

"Unfortunately, following the various inspections conducted by CAF to the SKD, the stadium still lacks several CAF criteria and requirements in order to properly host international senior competitions," furthered the CAF communication.

"Kindly note that in accordance with the CAF Stadium inspection and approval procedure, before a stadium can be re-approved, all the comments and remarks must be strictly respected and implemented and a follow up-reinspection by CAF must confirm," it , among other things, added.

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