Two corporate entity football clubs, LPRC and Monrovia Club Breweries have been disqualified to participate in the 1st division 2014/2015 LFA League for falling short in the CAF Club License.`
The Chairman of the First Instant Board of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Ansu Dorley, said the two teams failed to meet-up with the minimal requirements to include an ‘Article of Incorporation (AOI), an office space, list of personnel, including a medical doctor as well as an ownership letter of a practice pitch (which can jointly be owned by at most four clubs) and hiring of at least a “B” license coach amongst others.
Mr. Dorley said, Darling club, IE and Keitrace FC have been given provisional licenses to take part in the 1st division League up to the May 30, and would be disqualified if they fail to settle the full requirements.
Mr. Dorley, who is also the Chairman on Competition, said eight 1st division teams have been certified. They include BYC I, FC Fassell, Nimba United, Aries, LISCR FC, Watanga FC, Jubilee FC and NPA Anchors.
The CAF Club License System is a mandate given member associations to ensure that football clubs acquire certain requirements to be certified as a recognized football club.
The continental football governing body, CAF and the LFA entered into the implementation agreement in 2008. The actualization didn’t realize since 2008 and was greeted by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
Meanwhile, in the 2nd division, six teams have also been certified – Mighty Blue Angels, Barrolle, ELWA United, Gardnersville FC, BYC II and Holder FC.
According to Mr. Dorley, Georgia Conquerors and Sesay FC have been given provisional clearances, which also last up to May 30.
Small Town, Ganta and Mighty Dragon FCs have been disqualified, while Sime Darby, Gedi & Sons and Red Lions failed to apply.
“Clubs can seek redress to the Appeal Committee, headed by the Vice President for Administration, Musa Shannon,” Mr. Dorley said. “And they have three days to do so.”
Meanwhile, the LFA 2014/2015 league has been set to begin on May 13.