Liberia implementing ambitious pilot development schemes; refurbishment of the Antoinette Tubman stadium and construction of the national FA headquarters; projects financed with the help of the FIFA Forward Programme.
At the end of September, a FIFA delegation traveled to Liberia to tour the new facilities that the Liberian Football Association (LFA) has worked hard to install, with the assistance of world football’s governing body and its FIFA Forward Program .
“On behalf of the people of Liberia, I would like to express my gratitude to you once again for your visit,” said LFA President Mustapha Raji. “My thanks to the FIFA Council for approving and launching FIFA Forward, a program that has changed the dynamics of Liberian football and the development of infrastructure in our country.”
The axis of the pilot project, which was put on hold as a result of the pandemic, was the remodeling of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, starting with its lighting system.
“We are proud of what has been achieved here with the installation of a state-of-the-art lighting system,” said Carlos Gazapo, FIFA Infrastructure and Environment Manager, who heads FIFA Forward’s infrastructure projects.
Thanks to the new system, it can now host night games across all age groups, giving the general population the opportunity to enjoy a bit of recreation after work and school hours.
“Having these projectors is a real boost,” said LFA Vice President Sekou Konneh.
“Schoolchildren who don’t have such facilities in their neighborhoods can now come and sit and watch games or even do their homework.”
Women’s football in the spotlight The extension of the stadium’s operating hours means that it can now host more women’s football matches.
“A lot of girls go to school during the day and they are thrilled to be able to come here and play at night,” said Jodie Reid Seton, LFA assistant vice president and director of women’s soccer.
“It is important that FIFA continues to support the domestic FA and women’s football in particular.
It will encourage new approaches and ensure that more girls play and participate in FIFA’s women’s football development campaign.
It will also help us train more female coaches.” A giant LED screen has also been installed in the legendary national stadium in Liberia.
As well as displaying the sheet music, you can also project advertisements, which helps generate revenue that can go towards upkeep of the venue.
The Samuel K.
Do Stadium, attached to the ATS, has also undergone extensive refurbishment, with the idea of expanding the appeal of the city’s main football venue, home to the local football community, and the services it offers.
“Our plan was to install three artificial pitches, renovate the roof of the stand, which has a capacity for 600 people, and remodel the locker room,” explained Diop El Hadji Wack, director of FIFA’s regional development office in Dakar, Senegal.
“As you can see, these renovations are complete and the federation is now in a position to organize league matches and club training.
Players can now enjoy better football on standard pitches that reduce the risk of injury.”
Another piece of good news for Liberia is that the construction of the first LFA headquarters will be completed very soon.
The new headquarters will allow the federation to develop all its activities from a single place and make the most of all its resources.
The offices, which were also built with funds from FIFA Forward, will give new impetus to the development of the game in Liberia and will reflect the desire of FIFA President Gianni Infantino (https://fifa.fans/3CF04yR) to make the football is truly global.