Football in Liberia
Despite ongoing political unrest, football has experienced an upturn in Liberia, which can be attributed, at least in part, to close cooperation with organisations such as the West African Football Union (WAFU), CAF and FIFA. This positive trend has been accompanied by a number of successes at international level, such as the Lone Star's first appearance at the African Cup of Nations in 1996 (a feat that was repeated in 2002). Liberia's most famous player is of course George O.M. Weah, who was voted African Player of the Year on several occasions and whose clubs included Paris Saint-Germain (France) and AC Milan (Italy). He also had a spell as coach of the Liberian national team and is currently playing club football again in the United Arab Emirates. Other household names are Nyenetu «Santos» Brown (ASEC Mimosas, Côte d'Ivoire), James S. Debbah, Joe Nagbe and Kelvin Sebwe.
Second Goal project
Liberia, where an artificial turf pitch was laid at the national stadium as a pilot Goal project in 2000, requested it to be renovated in the second project. The Goal Bureau approved this request on 21 March 2007. The new one-star generation of turf will thus enable international matches to be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. The annual maintenance costs will be borne by FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme, donations from sponsors and gate receipts.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Renovation of artificial turf pitch at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000