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SKD Ban was completely ‘CAF’s Politics’ - Minister Wilson Asserts Featured

Although the decision to ban the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been taken  and dealt, it has also affected the senior national team of Liberia, the Lonestar. 

This is to a larger extend evidence of the Lonestar’s elimination from the World Cup Qualifiers.

Accordingly, the discussions and debates surrounding the Lonestar’s elimination still remain a talking point around the sporting corridors of the country, especially with the latest development from the CAF.

It can be recalled that CAF cleared the same SKD that was banned from hosting Liberia’s remaining two home matches in the World Cup Qualifiers, something the Minister of Youth and Sports D. Zeogar Wilson described as a complete CAF’s politics.

The latest clearance by CAF on the SKD will now give Liberia’s Representative in the CAF’s Tournament; LPRC Oilers to use the former banned SKD to play her home match against South African side, Orland Pirates on November 28, 2021.

“This is sad and unfortunate,” Minister Wilson told University of Liberia(UL)Students on Fendell Campus following concerns and barrage of questions relative to the reason why the SKD was banned but said is now playable according to CAF.

He said after their discussion with CAF, they all agreed that due to the time factor that the artificial turf and bucket seats could not be possible but it was shocking to him for CAF to take such a decision.

He pointed out that there were some interventions made at the SKD by the Government of Liberia during said period which may not have been visible to the spectators including the addition of medical room, media room, dressing room for both teams, media tribune, match commissioner room and anti-doping center, among others.

According to him, Liberia was not the only country whose stadium was banned by CAF rather about thirty six others including Senegal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso.

He said those countries stadiums were built in the 80s including Liberia.

However, the Youth and Sports Minister stressed that the story of ban will soon be of the past.

He disclosed that that in 2022 the SKD will be renovated including the construction of an artificial turf to give it a new, modern and international face unlike before.

He mentioned that the 2022 budget of the Ministry has captured one million seven hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars to ensure the execution of said task beginning 2022, which upon full completion, will laid to rest said issue.

Meanwhile, the ban of the SKD and that of other stadiums by CAF came as a result of recent requirements by CAF since 2015 by the continental football house and said current requirements, especially for a stadium constructed in the 80s will actually require a total re-engineering of the entire facility, something that has already begun at the SKD as the total finishing touches assured by Minister Wilson is poised for 2022.

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