Liberia will no longer host its matches at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon. The two countries did not agree on the conditions for the granting of the infrastructure, while Liberia must play against the Central African Republic in less than 48 hours. Faced with this dilemma, FIFA quickly found a solution.
Liberia is one of those teams that cannot host their opponents at home due to the lack of infrastructure that meets FIFA standards. For this reason, the Lone Stars had requested Cameroon and the Japoma Stadium in Douala to host their home games. But unfortunately for them, they will not get this brand new 50,000-seater jewel as part of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Indeed, the negotiations started with the Cameroonian authorities have finally come to nothing. According to a source close to the case, Cameroon was claiming up to 27,416 euros from Liberia per match. The Liberian authorities considered this sum excessive and preferred to stop the discussions. They then approached Ghana, which was quick to approve their request.
Despite this agreement with Ghana, George Weah's country will not be able to host their next opponent, Central African Republic in Ghana. The reason: both teams are currently in Cameroon and the failure of negotiations with Cameroon just 48 hours before kick-off has naturally disrupted FIFA's plans.
The deadline did not allow the match to be rescheduled elsewhere, so the world football body preferred to keep the game in Japoma, taking advantage of the fact that the Central African Republic had also chosen the same stadium to host their opponents. However, unlike the other matches in the African zone, CAR vs Liberia will count instead for the sixth day of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and not for match day 2.