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2015 LFA National League opens soon

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Some clubs in action at the ATS in Monrovia
Some clubs in action at the ATS in Monrovia

(elbcradio.com/May 8, 2015)-The   Liberia   Football Association (LFA)   national football   league   will   officially open in May 2015 across the   country.

The  2015 league  season will feature  several  football  teams  playing  in the  first, second,  and  female  divisions.
LFA Chief Scribe, Alphonso Armah, made the disclosure Wednesday, May 6 when he spoke to   ELBC Online Sports at the   Headquarters of the FA in Paynesville.

Mr. Armah said the  local  football  house  has set  May  25  as official date  to   start  the  league,  after several  months of  delay.

He said  the  activities should  have  commenced last  December, but because of the  Ebola  crisis in Liberia,  all  football  activities  were  put   on  hold  as mandated   by  the  Confederation  of  African  football (CAF).

The Confederation barred Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from staging football activities, because of the spread of the virus in the three West African countries.

But with Liberia almost completing the 42-day Ebola-free countdown Saturday, the resumption of the league will, once again, show-case those hidden talents.

Although   the league will   begin in   the rainy season, the LFA Chief Scribe said participating clubs were already aware of the challenges ahead of them, especially playing in the rain.

The  LFA  Secretary General  also said due  to  the  ongoing renovation of the Antoinette  Tubman Stadium (ATS),  the stadium will  not  be among the venues earmarked by the LFA for the games.

He named  the  Blues  Field,  Nancy B. Doe Stadium  in Kakata, Margibi County, the Doris  Williams Stadium  in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and  the  Ganta Sports ground  in   Nimba County  as    venues  for the up-coming national football fiesta.

Commenting on the CAF licensing program  for clubs  operating under the  Local  football  house, Armah  also told  ELBC  Online Sports: “It  was  necessary  for  football  clubs   to  meet up  with  the requirements set forth by CAF.”

“It was saddened for clubs to exist without Headquarters, pitch-mail addresses, bank accounts, amongst others.

These  requirements  formed  part  of  the registration  documents, being  submitted  by  local clubs   to   the  LFA,” the  local  football official  also said. 

The  Liberia  Football  Association  has closed the  door on  those clubs  that  have  failed  to    meet up with the requirements.

ELBC Sports understands  that several  clubs  may  not  part  take  in  the  upcoming   league, because  of  their  failure  to  satisfy such requirements.
Clubs such as LPRC Oilers, Club Breweries and Ganta Black Stars, are all victims.

Mighty Barrolle, IE, LISCAR FC, NPA Anchors, among others will form part of the 2015 national league.
Barracks Young Controllers are the defending champions of the LFA.

 


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