Liberia Football Federation Shuts Down National League Over COVID-19 Pandemic
Monrovia – The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has nullified both the 2019/2020 Orange National League and Petro Trade Cup due to the global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The decision which comes into effect following an emergency executive committee meeting on 4 May means there will be no promotion and relegation of clubs at all levels, including the third division and community leagues in the 15 counties.
The executive committee resolved to use a play-off of the top four teams in the first division in the event the Confederation of African Football (CAF) requests a representative from Liberia for the (CAF) Champions League.
The same format will also be used for the quarter-finalists in the Petro Trade Cup when football activities were suspended on March 17 to determine Liberia’s representative for the CAF Confederation Cup.
Players and or coaches, who had contracts with clubs, including those whose contracts were due to end at the end of the 2019/2020 season, will start anew.
Clubs were also mandated to produce financial reports from January to December 2019 and January to December 2020.
The executive committee’s decisions were discussed with clubs at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on May 5.
LFA President Mustapha Raji, Vice President Sekou Konneh, executive committee members Beatrice Mamie Kpoto and Pawala Janyan; secretary-general Isaac Montgomery, deputy secretary-general John Bonah, technical director Henry Browne, legal and competitions director Benedict Yarsiah and women’s football director Francis Tamba attended the meetings with the clubs.
First division defending champions LPRC Oilers, LISCR FC, Mighty Barrolle, Freeport FC, Monrovia Club Breweries, Small Town, Nimba FC, Bea Mountain, Watanga FC; second division defending champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC-II), Tony FC, Muscat FC, Mighty Blue Angels, Gardnersville FC, Jubilee FC, Sandi FC, Stages FC, Heaven Eleven and female division defending champions Earth Angels, Blanco FC, Determine Girls, Senior Professionals, World Girls, Island Queens, Professionals Sisters, Ambassador FC and Hippo FC attended the meetings.