Liberia to Play Two International Friendlies against Saudi Arabia

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Liberia’s senior national football team is set to play two international against Saudi Arabia U-23 national team on March 27 and 30 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has said in a release.

The friendlies are part of Saudi Arabia U-23 team preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

This follows a technical cooperation agreement between LFA and the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) during a meeting held on the sideline of the 43rd Ordinary and Elective General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on March 12 at the Sofitel Hotel in Rabat, Morocco.

According to the LFA release, Liberia will feature a senior team while Saudi Arabia will field their U-23 team.

“In a letter to LFA Secretary-general, Isaac Montgomery on 14 March, SAFF secretary-general Ibrahim S. Alkassim said they will provide round trip tickets, accommodation, transportation and training facility for a delegation of 30 persons,” the release said.

Saudi Arabia qualified for the 2020 Olympics after booking their ticket to the semifinals of the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship in January 2020.

The championship acted as AFC qualifiers for the Olympic men’s football tournament with the top three teams qualifying as AFC representatives to the 2020 Olympics.

Saudi finished as runners-up in the AFC Championship when they lost 1-0 against South Korea in the final. This means South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Australia that finished as 3rd Place winners, are the three countries that will represent the AFC.

The Tokyo Games were originally due to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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