The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has announced the lifting of all football activities with immediate effect.
Footballing activities were suspended on 17 March 2020 following an emergency executive committee meeting on 16 March.
The West African country cancelled the 2019/2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic with no champions being declared or any teams being relegated from the Liberian First Division.
At the time of the season’s cancellation, Mighty Barolle was leading the Liberian First Division with 23 points, one ahead of BEA Mountain and two ahead of third-placed MC Breweries.
The Liberia Football Association on Tuesday confirmed it would lift the ban. The announcement followed a sports ministry meeting with associations and federations at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) sports complex in Paynesville on 14 September. The LFA was represented by Vice President Wilmot Smith and Secretary-general Isaac Montgomery at the meeting.
“All members of the LFA, including clubs, sub-associations and sub-committees, can resume normal activities by adhering to strict Covid-19 protocols in preparations for the 2020/2021 season,” the LFA said.
The association has emailed its return-to-play protocols and the government’s protocols on the resumption of sports activities to all members to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Liberia is targeting to have its domestic football season for 2020/2021 begin on October 24. However, the LFA said all league venues will be closed to fans.
The executive committee approved the purchase of Covid-19 materials for clubs and league venues on 11 September.
A Covid-19 return-to-play package distribution will shortly commence as teams gear up for the new season tentatively set for next month.