The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association B. Alphonso Armah has disclosed that the national U-23 female soccer team has been withdrawn from the qualifiers of the U-23 Summer Olympics.
Armah said Liberia pulled out from the international tournament on Monday, April 27 but failed to state the reason for the withdrawal. But sources at the LFA said the withdrawal was due to the lack of funds.
The female Lone Star were scheduled to face the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon on Saturday and Friday, the 2nd and 8th of May respectively in Yaoundé, Cameroon owing to the banning of football activities in Liberia by CAF because of the Ebola outbreak in the country.
Female Lone Star’s under the tactical guidance of ex-Liberian international, Varmah Kpoto, and his deputy is former female national team defender, Florence Monboe. Assistant Coach is Jonah Sarweah.
Though Armah also failed to state about any possible fine from the continental governing body of football (CAF) owing to the pulling out just four days to the 1st leg, reliable sources said the country might face US$1,500 fine.
Meanwhile, there is no confirmation from the LFA as to whether the country would also honor the 2016 FIFA U-20 Word Cup qualifiers.
The U-20 Lone Star moved to second phase without kicking a ball owing to the withdrawal of the Sierra Leone female national U-20 team.
The inability to secure a venue and the lack of funds are the official reasons given for the withdrawal by the SLFA.
Liberia was scheduled to face Sierra Leonean in the preliminary round of the qualifiers away on the weekend of May 1-3 on a neutral ground, as Sierra Leone is not allowed to host international matches because of the Ebola outbreak.