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LFA Allots US43K To Insert Bucket Seats At Doris Williams Stadium

As means to upgrade various soccer pitches around the country, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has allotted US$43,000 for the planting of bucket seats at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

A view of the stands at the Doris Williams sports pitch, during the dedication of the artificial turf in April 2021

It follows the allocation of US$43K for the placement of bucket seats at the sporting facility and the VIP section of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

Notably, the funding for the project will be provided by the world football governing body, FIFA, from the entitlement of the LFA to FIFA Forward funds for the 2019-2022 cycles.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino

This amount in question was allocated in the Liberia Football Association’s (LFA) draft budget for the fiscal year 2022, as the project is expected to commence in the coming months. 

LFA on Monday, March 21, sent a draft budget of a little over US$6.385 million along with other formal documents to member clubs for the 25th ordinary congress slated for April 18, 2022.

This was done in keeping with Article 34.4 of the LFA revised statutes, which states: “The formal convocation shall be made in writing at least 15 days before the date of the Congress.”

It furthers, “This convocation shall contain the agenda, the President’s activity report, the financial statements, the auditors’ report, and any other relevant documents.”

A view of bucket seats being planted at the ATS

The budget, which is currently being reviewed by stakeholders, will be submitted for approval by Congress on April 18.  After several years of enduring a poor playing pitch, the Doris Williams Stadium, along with the SKD Practice Pitch and the Tusa Field each got artificial turf in 2021, a project valued at US$1.8m from the FIFA Forward 2.0 Fund.

The three projects, along with other infrastructure projects, have been outlined as huge milestones under the Mustapha Raji-led administration.

Since the installation of artificial turf at the stadium, the facility has been used to host national league matches and is currently being used as the home ground for Liberia’s traditional club Mighty Barrolle.

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