With the acceleration of ongoing works at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex (SKD) in Paynesville, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Zeogar Wilson is confident of completion if there is limited rainfall.
Speaking Monday, May 9, 2022 during a tour of the Complex by the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, headed by Abraham Darius Dillon, the MYS boss pointed out that in addition to artificial turf, there are also some renovation works including the renovation of the inner fence.
“Holding all things equal, we are hoping that the playing pitch will be ready by September for action. What do I mean is that if the rain doesn’t come so heavily then we will be playing our next set of matches on home soil. But it would be impossible to complete if there is heavy rain in this rainy season, because when it rains the contractors will not be able to lay the turf, because they are using glue to do so. Under the rain the glue wouldn’t hold,” he asserted.
And though every Liberian, especially sports fans seem to be so happy with new development at the SKD in line with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) regulation, on the flip side of this development is that the stadium’s capacity has dropped drastically due to the bucket seat.
Instead of the initial 35,000 capacity, Minister Wilson disclosed that the capacity has been drastically reduced to 22,000 plus.
However, the Minister is hopeful that a new stadium would be constructed under this government that would have bigger capacity.
“I hope and pray that in a foreseeable future things will get better; the President is working with us and the FA to see how we can get another field that will meet all FIFA requirements and have huge capacity,” added the Minister.
Making remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, Abraham Darius Dillon, said he is impressed with ongoing development at the stadium, especially as it relates to the bucket seats and the build-up to the laying of the artificial turf that aim to satisfy FIFA’s requirements.
“Our interest is to ensure that the stadium is renovated so as to meet the requirements set by FIFA and CAF. This one is without politics; it’s about our country, our national field,” stated the Montserrado County Senator.
“What we are going to communicate with our colleagues is that that the budget that was approved by plenary is working and we are satisfied with the look of things,” he added.
For his part, River Gee County Senator, Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie, also expressed great satisfaction, stressing that from all indications a lot has been done at the SKD.
He vowed to lobby with other Senators so as to lend more support to the Ministry of Youth and Sports in projects that are in the interest of the public good.