MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia Football Association has given local football fans a little hope of watching the local league again after confirming that the association is set to meet with clubs from the first, second, and women’s football divisions over a possible opening of the new league season.
The meeting with the clubs was confirmed to The Bush Chicken by the secretary general of the Liberia Football Association, who said the meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 5. According to the secretary general, the primary reason for the Thursday meeting is to discuss the possible opening of the new league season.
“The football house sees it important at this moment because football activities must resume. The leagues have been closed for a long period now and the opening of the new season will be the primary discussion,” Emmanuel Deah said. “We have newly elected executive committee members and the vice presidents including Mr.[Musa Hassan] Bility, who is the president until the presidential election. With all these people, we can get football running again.”
Deah told The Bush Chicken that the league might run up to early October, depending on the outcome of Thursday’s meeting. He also revealed that the football house is prepared for the task as they have created two league proposals for the clubs to help the leagues move smoothly and fast to meet up with Confederation of African Football deadline for submission of clubs for the CAF club competitions.
“We have the option of running a one-phase league or placing the teams in two groups where teams will play each other and the top two teams from each group played for the championship. Whichever is agreed on, we are ready to work with them,” Deah said.
The country has been without local football league since August 2017 when LISCR FC won the FA Cup against Keitrace Football Club. The football house has been hit with elections disputes, which put halt to football activities.
Featured photo courtesy of Anthony Kokoi