Following several months of works at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, FIFA, along with a local construction company, the Associated Energy System, has dedicated the Stadium to the Liberia Football Association at a colorful ceremony on Saturday December 3, 2011, but there are huge challenges with the lighting setup at stadium.
During the past few matches witnessed in the President Cup has displayed the error in the positioning of the lights. Most of the lights are not flashing on the pitch.
The result of the wrong positioning of the light has led to lots of shadows on the pitch and the entire pitch is not bright as it should.
The US$400,000 FIFA goal project refurbished bath rooms, dressing rooms, and wrong position floodlights among others has added value to the stadium.
FIFA Development Officer for West Africa, Sampon Kablan, presented the keys to the president of the LFA having received them from the construction company that over delay the completion of the project.
He thanked the LFA for the teamwork during the period of the renovation. He promised to help the LFA gain other FIFA goal projects.
For his part, LFA President Musa Bility that returned to football after serving the Unity Party political agenda thanked FIFA for the project, which he said, has given the ATS a modern look with the state-of –the –art floodlights that is yet to be well position. He specifically thanked FIFA for making it possible for Liberians to once again witness night games at the ATS.
“For many, many years, Liberians have been denied of seeing games here at night due to the lack of floodlights, we are happy that the light has brought added momentum to our national league.
The contractors then guarded a tour of the facilities at which time FIFA rep Kablan caught the ribbon to the powerhouse and switched the powers on, commencing the night match between Mighty Barrolle and Nimba United in continuation of the president’s cup.
The program extended at the RJ resort in Paynesville for a dinner in honor the FIFA Development Officer. The LFA led by Bility also certificated him and presented him a jersey of the Liberia national team.