‘Bad Pitch’ Pauses President’s Cup Tourney

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The on-going President’s Cup which brought 20 teams from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions was suspended on Saturday, May 16 owing to complains about the poor condition of the Blue Field.

The clubs complaint to the Liberia Football Association on Friday, May 15, said the venue of the game, BYC home ground, dubbed the Blue Field, isn’t only injurious to their players but also cost demanding as it relates to destroying teams’ materials.

The letter, under the signature of three clubs, indicated that their observation dated from the just ended Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament in which some of their players are still undergoing treatment, while players’ boots have been torn.

The Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah in a telephone interview yesterday said a committee; headed by Technical Director Henry Brown has been set-up to investigate the complaint for further action.

In the opener, Keitrace FC whipped Aries FC 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 pulsating draw.

In the second derby, Darling Club, IE defeated Mighty Barrolle 2-0.

Meanwhile, statistics indicated that 13 players sustained injuries during the Coca-Cola Tournament from bad condition of the Blue Field. Three other players also sustained injuries from the two games on Friday.

An LFA engineer told the Daily Observer that the bad condition of the Blue Field is because the groundwork under the artificial turf is concrete, instead of sand.

However, if the LFA rules against the Blue Field, there would be no LFA sanctioned games there.

The Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium are two artificial turfs in Monrovia.

The third artificial turf is the Kakata Sports Stadium in Margibi County.

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