By: Edwin Boy Dolo –
Liberia two representatives to the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup have been mandated by the Africa Football Governing Body (CAF) to search for foreign venues for their home matches.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has maintained its ban on football activities in Liberia, meaning Barrack Young Controller and Football Club Fassell will have to explore new venues for their home matches.
CAF also took the action against Guinea and Sierra Leone. The three countries are badly hit by the lethal Ebola virus which has taken way the lives of over 5000 people in the Mano River Union region.
FC Fassell, Who are LFA Cup winner were due to battle Guinean Club Horoya Athlétique Club on the weekend of February 13, 2015 in Conakry, but with the new decree Horoya themselves are to secure a country to play the match.
However, Gambian Club Real de Banjul will host BYC in Banjul on the weekend of February 13-15 with BYC left with the responsibility to look for new home ground for the second leg that was to be played two weeks after in Monrovia.
Both Liberia and Sierra Leone suspended all domestic football activities in July in an attempt to prevent the spread of Ebola, but Liberia lifted hers earlier this month and the latest decision taken by Caf has come as a shot to many football followers in Liberia.
LFA Secretary General Alphonso Armah confirming the CAF mandate Thursday in an Exclusive Interview with Insight Sports said the local football governing body was disturbed by the news.
“It is a sad news for Football in Liberia. BYC and Fassell qualified so that they can play in front of their supporters back home, but the matches have been referred to a foreign land by CAF, this is the decision that has taken, and we have nothing to do but to support our clubs.We didn't look for Ebola,but it is a sickness that we did expect”, Armah lamented sorrowfully.
According to Armah Caf has warned BYC and FC Fassell through the FA to ensure that their delegations traveling to the selected country must be examined before departure in order to allay fears centered on the EBOLA virus.
CAF further added that "each national association or Club receiving delegations from Liberia, Sierra Lone and Guinea must communicate the necessary information delivered by health authorities to ensure the reception of teams… and if necessary to provide additional checks at arrival points".
The LFA Secretary General also disclosed that the two clubs have said they are prepared to play abroad.
Armah further stated that the FA will work in collaboration with the two teams to seek support from Government and others football partners.
It can be recalled that CAF ordered Sierra Leone and Guinea in August to relocate their home Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because of the Ebola virus outbreaks in their countries.
Both BYC and FC Fassell are yet to officially respond to the latest decision taken by CAF, with the directive coming within a month to the return legs. READ MORE OF THIS STORY