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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 17:31

'Bad boy' Gbarmy leads BYC exodus


The midfielder has been told he can leave the Club after more than four seasons in the rank of the Liberian Champions.

Just few days after serving his suspension, Barrack Young Controller (BYC) has put midfielder Benjamin Gbarmy on sale.

The President of the Club Sekou Konneh told a news conference in Monrovia recently that the club is now ready to sell the player to any higher bidder.

BYC prior to their CAF Champions League paring against Stade de Malien last month suspended the outstanding midfielder for allegedly breaching the Club’s Code of Conduct.

Konneh said the communication to the player said his suspension would have been lifted at the end of the first phase of the LFA National League, but he has reportedly refused to turnout for practice as mandated in the letter.

Gbarmy has however denied the allegations.

He described the gifted left-footed midfielder as one of the best players in the squad, but warned that BYC do not take in-disciplinary issues lightly and as such the Club is ready to let go the resourceful lad if he chooses to leave.

However, Konneh did not disclose how much BYC would sell the player for, but confirmed that he still have two and a half-year contract which is subject to a buyout-clause.

It can be recalled that Gbarmy and some players were suspended by the LFA after the National Under-20 Team alleged misbehavior following the youth team failed campaign in the 2015 Caf Under-20 championship qualifiers against the Young Elephant of Ivory Coast.

As Captain of the U-20 team he (Gbarmy) led a protest against the FA for reportedly abandoning the team after the defeat to Ivory Coast. The player is noted for not hiding his feelings.

Some soccer pundits rate Gbarmy as the best attacking midfielder in the local league and some fans were seen calling for his inclusion after BYC frustrating 1-1 draw against SuperSport United on Sunday.

At the same time Konneh has also confirmed the departure of Junior Barshall, Francis Jallabah, and Varney Dukuly.

Barshall and Dukuly were loaned to struggling LPRC Oilers, while Jallabah signed with Monrovia Club Breweries.

Published in LFA League
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:02

Lone Star’s Failure Means First Strike

 

The first week of this month was a busy week for the national soccer teams of several African countries. It was a period when they engaged in friendly international matches to test their preparedness for 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Guinea’s national soccer team defeated the crowning African soccer champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 2-1, in a match played in Belgium.

The Guineans had tied 2-2 with Gabon in France. Egypt defeated Togo 3-0 in Alexandria and South Africa drew 0-0 with Angola in East London (South Africa). Mozambique beat Lesotho 1-0 and Tanzania defeated Burundi 2-1.

In preparation for the 2017 Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Ghana’s Satellites were held 2-2 by Tanzania.

These countries also took advantage of the FIFA international window to play friendly matches to show their teams’ strengths and recognize their weaknesses; and thereafter strengthen them for the real competitions.

In all the above, something was missing: Liberia’s Lone Star did not go anywhere. Liberia did not take advantage of the FIFA international window for friendly matches and yet Liberia will be paired against some of the very teams that have been playing friendly matches and strengthening their defenses and attacks.

Perhaps someone might say that Liberia does not need friendly matches and the fact that national head coach James Salinsa Debbah did not express any regret for his team’s failure to take part in important test matches should be enough to convince fans all is fine with the national team.

However, information from the Liberia Football Association suggests that among all football nations in Africa, Liberia wanted to travel to violence-filled Libya to play its friendly match but the Liberian government did not think Tripoli was the best place to test a football team.

Then I learned that Liberia wanted to engage Tanzania for a test match but the arrangement did not go through; and so the bottom line is that without any of those excuses, Liberia did not take advantage of the window to assemble her players for any meaningful test match.

Officials at the LFA told the Daily Observer that the government should not have cancelled their trip to Libya because after all Ghana’s Black Stars recently camped there without problems.

In fact Liberia was one of the few countries that sent its national team to then violence-filled Iraq to play a friendly soccer match in Baghdad, of all places on earth, and later received an undisclosed sum of money from the Iraqi Football Association.

The President of the Liberia Football Association, Mr. Musa Bility is a good friend of FIFA President Gianni Infantino and he is a member of CAF Executive Committee. And truly, it is the first time for a Liberian football official to rise to such a level, which is commendable.

Since that is the case, then Liberia Football authorities should demonstrate a good example and convince us why their new positions at CAF and FIFA must be celebrated.

If we cannot assemble our players to play test matches as others are doing, how sincere can we be about the future of the national team’s players to represent us in any future competitions? The results will be poor for sure.

 
Published in Lonestar News

 

BY: Christopher C.  Walke
Christopher.walker@frontpageafricaonline.com
0886723075/0777898224

Poor finishing denied Barrack Young Controllers a  victory against SuperSport United from South Africa in the Confederation of African Football Cup match at the famous Antoinette Tubman Stadium, as right back Karleo Anderson missed a penalty in a feisty 1-1 draw on Sunday April 9, 2017.

BYC started the match in fascinating style, with LFA’s last season top goal scorer Mark Paye’s shot in the second minute of the match rolling off the goal post by inches to the disbelief of fans.

 United’s Muchal Morton shot was saved by the BYC goalkeeper Sambeh in the 4th minute.

A minute later Prince Saydee’s cut from the right side of United, but his right footed shot was tip over the cross bar by the SuperSport keeper Ronwen Williams.

With lots of pressure from the home fans BYC dominated the first ten minutes of the encounter with David Tweh three shots towards goal, all off target.

Abdulai Bility, who scored against Club Ferroviario De Beria header was tip over the post by Williams, who produced several spectacular saves during the match.

SuperSport got the match opener in the 11th minute from a Thuso Phala cross which beat the entire BYC defense as the defenders were ball watching leaving  the unmarked Fagri Latay to scored from close range.

The home side mounted pressure on the visitors with lot of long range shots from Karleo, Tweh, Paye, and Gideon Williams all off target.

Randy Dukuly slicing header, from a Hilton Varney cross equalized the score for BYC in the 26th minute. BYC was awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute, for a hand ball on Keegan Ritchie after prince Saydee cross hit Keegan hand in the penalty box.  The Central referee from Cape Verde pointed to the spot for a penalty, and issued a yellow card to the United  left back but to the dissatisfaction of spectators, Karleo Anderson’s poorly taken  penalty was saved by the United goalie Williams.

After the equalizer, BYC brought in Sporo Somah for the injured Abdulai Bility in the 38th minute.

United’s counter attack was stop by Prince Jetoh who intercepted a dangerous ball from the skillful Thabo who tried to connect Phala.

A minute to the end of the first half Mark Paye missed a clear opportunity to give the home side their second goal, his “one on one” ball was miscalculated, rolling off the post, ending the first half 1-1.

Back from the dressing room, SuperSport Michal Morton shot was again saved by Allenton Sembeh of BYC.

BYC control much of the second half with the dominance ball possession restricting the visitor to play much of the second period in their own half.

Dukuly’ s shot from close range was beautifully saved by Williams after a Saydee cross.

United made their first substitution in the 59th minute bringing on Jeremy Brookie the big striker  for  goal scorer Latay, while Keengan who had a difficult match  against Prince Saydee, was replaced by Orismor Bhasera.

BYC had to withdraw Gideon Williams in the 66 minute for experienced midfielder Sylvanus Morris, who’s long ball to his attackers could have killed the game, but Saydee “one on one” ball was saved by Williams; Dukuly, and Paye balls, all denied in the second half.

Paye was replaced by Ketu Jerbo in the 79th minute; his introduction could not save his club from sharing the points with SuperSport United, as the game ended BYC 1: SuperSport United 1.

BYC played the match without two starters:  Captain Van-Dave Harmon (groin) and mid-fielder Koffa “Zeek” Dougbeh suspended after   two yellow cards in their previous matches .

BYC coach Copper Sannah made no excuses for his team’s lack of scoring but said they are working on it and will put up a good show on the return leg in Pretoria, South Africa on April 19.

"What happened was that we played phenomenal in the first half and should have been winning 3-1 or 4-1,  then it ended up 1-1” he told journalist at the post-match press conference.

“Who can I blame? Ourselves! Nobody else. We missed big chances. We felt pressure of the clock running down and lost the quality of our attacking football.” 

Sannah said “we are going into the second leg and it’s open now, if they can come here and get an away goal, we can do the same we will fight to qualify away just as we did in Mali”.

“United is a very good and experience team but we have played them and hope to make some major changes come the second leg the BYC coach said”.

Also, speaking SuperSport United Coach Stuart Baxter praised BYC and said they are going to South Africa to plan more for the young “Go Blue Boys.”

“The coach of BYC is doing well with his team they are a great team with talent, in 1-2 years they should be one of the best on the continent, but we’ll wait and see what happens in  South Africa”.

“We played well in defense because they attack us with everything which made it difficult for us to play, but my guys did well I must appreciate them.”

 

Published in LFA League
Thursday, 06 April 2017 22:36

Liberia in freefall in latest Fifa rankings

 

Liberia were the biggest losers in Fifa's world rankings for April, dropping 39 places to sit in 141st spot - and a lowly 40th best in Africa.

Their position is only 19 places better than their worst ever ranking of 160th place, which they occupied in 2010.

The west African country have been has high as 73rd spot, in 2001, when they could still field former world player of the year George Weah.

Nigeria and Tunisia have swapped in the only moves in the African top 10.

Africa's top 10 in Fifa's rankings for April (last month's rankings in brackets):

1 (1) Egypt

2 (2) Senegal

3 (3) Cameroon

4 (4) Burkina Faso

5 (7) Nigeria

6 (6) DR Congo

7 (5) Tunisia

8 (8) Ghana

9 (9) Ivory Coast

Published in Lonestar News

 

BY LFA Press

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017: The Liberia Football Association and Belgian Club Anderlecht have discussed future collaboration for football development between both entities.

The discussion centered on player development and exchange of modern football practices between Anderlecht and the LFA.

The two entities reached the decision to collaborate following a meeting involving LFA Vice President for Administration Musa Shannon and the General Manager of Sports for Anderlecht   Herman Van Holsbeeck held in Brussels.

 Liberia will receive an open invitation to train at the world class facilities of Anderlecht, according to LFA Vice President Shannon.

A member of the club’s scouting department is to shortly visit Liberia for an exploratory visit.

The Belgian club is excited that one of its former players James Salinsa Debbah is coach of the Liberian National Team.

Debbah played for the R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1997 making seven appearances for the club and scoring 2 goals. 

Published in LFA League
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 01:06

BYC 3rd at WAFU Tournament

 

Champion club Barrack Young Controllers were during the weekend came 3rd in the West African Football Union (WAFU) invitational soccer tournament in Dakar, Senegal, following their defeat in two matches.

The tournament started on March 30 and was expected to end yesterday, April 2.

The Go Blues Boys were on Friday defeated by US Gorée 5-4 in a penalty shootout that denied them the chance of reaching the final of the tournament.

The Liberian champions continued with their dominance in ball position, but failed to utilize their goal scoring opportunities during international matches.

They later had an opportunity in the 3rd place playoff against Wa All Star of Ghana, but were narrowly defeated 2-1.

Wa All Stars took the lead in the first half after BYC had missed several goal scoring chances through Van-Dave Harmon.

BYC got the equalizer in the second half through David Tweh’s left foot strike in the roof of the net after forward Sam Jackson skillfully passed his opposing defenders to provide the assist for the young talent.

Coach Sannah’s boys dominated the match by controlling ball possession and came close to clinching victory after skipper Harmon drove through his opponents’ defense and connected his teammate Kertu Jebro, who lost balance to kick the ball.

BYC’s participation is part of team-building and a means to expose the players to play in places where they have no supporters as they compete in CAF continental championships.

Other teams that played in the tournament were Wa All Stars of Ghana, AS Tanda of La Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal’s US Goree. The four are champion clubs in the four countries and it was sponsored by FOX Sports TV Network of Los Angeles, United States.

Published in LFA League

By Anthony Kokoi

As the twelve (12) clubs in the Liberia Football Association first division league prepare for phase two of the ongoing league season, Daily Observer Sports takes a look back at the performance and stats of the top four clubs.

The first phase of the ongoing league season came to end on Saturday, March 25, with reigning champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) and Invincible Eleven (IE) securing the last two wins and recorded a total of 128 goals.

FC Fassel
Finishing Position – 1st
Points – 28

The “Soccer Missionaries” started the 2016/2017 league season with a 5-1 comprehensive victory that placed them on top of the table from the start of the season with goal difference.

With the news of their team’s president being arrested in the United States, many expressed doubt that the team would perform to expectation.

But the team replied to the news with extraordinary performances winning all three points in their first six matches. Their unbeaten run came to an end after they were narrowly defeated by another top side, LISCR FC; but the team remained on top with two points.

After their first defeat was a crucial encounter against champions BYC at the Blue Field (BYC had earlier lost to Mighty Barrolle before the match) where BYC took an early league, but a double from Fassel’s Christian Doe in each half of the match sent Coach Sam Chebli’s boys five points ahead of BYC to keep the team on top.

The team continued their outstanding performance and was able to secure three wins and a draw in the last four matches in phase one that kept them as league leaders.

Byc FC
Finishing Position – 2nd
Points – 21

It was also a promising start for the Go Blue Boys of BYC following their first league match as defending champions.

The team showed a positive side to their home supporters after they defeated the “Church Boys” of Jubilee FC 4-0 in their first home match.

Following their huge home victory, the Go Blue Boys extended their unbeaten run.

“The secret behind my success is the level of support I am receiving from management,” Coach Sannah after securing his consecutive victories.

But the team later got a shocking result after bottom side, Mighty Barrolle defeated them 3-2 at the Blue Field.
Following this defeat, the Go Blue Boys struggled in their next fixtures that saw them collecting four points out of four matches, but managed to secure seven points in their last three phase one matches that moved them to 2nd place to end phase one.

Monrovia Club Breweries
Finishing Position – 3rd
Points – 21

After being promoted to the 1st division after capturing the 2nd division title, the Brushord Island based club began their campaign with a 1-0 win over one of Liberia’s traditional sides, Mighty Barrolle.

The latter during phase one dropped to a low position on the league table due to their participation in the CAF tournament.

After their elimination from the CAF competition, the Islanders returned to domestic league action with an impressive performance that saw them securing seven points in their last three matches in phase one.

The team’s goalkeeper, Abdulai Koulibaly, was the man of the final moment after scoring four goals in two matches; a hat-trick against Keitrace and the lone goal in their final match against LPRC Oilers.

LISCR FC
Finishing Position – 4th
Points – 19

The “Shipping Boys” of LISCR were the only undefeated side in the just ended phase one of the LFA national league; securing more draws than any other side in the league.

Being coached by a foreign coach, who was coaching in the Liberian league for the first time, it was a surprise to witness the team maintaining their unbeaten record in phase one of the league.

Though coach Tapha Manneh admitted that the start of the season was a challenge for him, the Gambian led his side through their unbeaten run of phase one.

Not only did the Gambian coach lead his side to their unbeaten run, but also broke the unbeaten record of league leaders Fassel with a narrow 1-0 victory.

The draws were not good results for Coach Manneh, but after one of his crucial wins against Monrovia Club Breweries, the Gambian maintained that “we do not play to surrender; winning the three points remains our priority or we share the points, but to lose all three points, that is completely out.”

Fans of the top four clubs including the rest of the clubs are now awaiting the resumption of phase two of the league in anticipation of who will win the 2016/2017 title.

The date for the resumption of phase two of the league is yet to be announced by LFA.

Published in LFA League
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:11

Alex Nimely Joins Norwegian Club Stabaek

 

 BY : Christopher c.walker christopherc.walker@yahoo.com 0886723075\0777898224

Liberian Born English Striker Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely has joined   Norwegian top flight club Eliteserien club Stabæk from Viitorul Constanța  of Romania.

 The gifted Striker completed his move to Stabaek on April 1, 2017 for an undisclosed fee  on a  two year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

 Nimely a former youth product of Manchester  City signed with Romanian Liga I club Poli Timișoara in February 2016 and  he scored three goals in ten games in the 2015–16 season and later   joined  Viitorul Constanța in July 2016 and netted    six goals in 21 matches in the 2016–17 season helping them to top the Romanian league during the first phase.

Speaking at his unveiling ceremony Nimely said he was happy joining Stabaek and want to help his teammates win more games and even going on to win the league.

“I know it will not be easy it’s going to  be ups  and down but we have to do something for this  club”.

“I am a person with Ambition so I love competition this is why i came here to compete for a first tem spot” Nimely said.

He noted that scoring goals is what he love but  most importantly he is a team player and hope his good form from Romanian will continue in Norway.

 

The Former BYC Player said: “This is a dream come true for me to play for such a  big club in  Norway and also to have the chance to work with   a  great Manager like Antoni Ordinas . “I have great belief in my ability and I work hard to strive to achieve my dreams”.

"I have been at Viitorul Constanța since 2016  and I would like to thank them for everything. It was a great moment when  with them and happy to be part of Viitorul Constanța history . This is now a new chapter in my life and one I'm looking forward to.”

 

Antoni Ordinas said: “I know Nimely well from his days at Manchester City so I am hoping to work with him.

 Nimely was in the Stand on Sunday when Stabaek woon their first game of the season 3-1 against Aalesund.

 Profile of Alex Nimey

Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely (born 11 May 1991) is a Liberian footballer who plays as a forward for Norwegian Eliteserien club Stabæk. He is the elder brother of Liberia international Sylvanus Nimely.

A former England under-20 international, he accepted a call-up to play for Liberia in October 2016. He began his career with Mighty Barrolle (Liberia) and Coton de Garoua (Cameroon) before joining Manchester City in 2008. He spent six years at the club but only played one Premier League game, and instead spent time on loan at Middlesbrough, Coventry City, and Crystal Palace. He signed with Port Vale for a short and unhappy spell in November 2014. After a year away from the game, he signed with Romanian club Poli Timișoara in February 2016. He moved on to Viitorul Constanța in July 2016, before signing with Norwegian side Stabæk in April 2017.

Manchester City[edit]

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Nimely began his career at Liberian Premier League side Mighty Barrolle, who won the league title in 2006. He moved on to Cameroonian side Coton de Garoua, who won the Elite One title in 2006, 2007 and 2007–08 seasons.

He went on trial with Manchester City in December 2007 before going on to sign a four-year deal with the club in January 2008. He helped City win the FA Youth Cup in 2008. He made his Premier League debut during a 6–1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on 3 April 2010.[3] He signed a new four-year contract with the club the following month. He featured in a 1–1 draw with Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino on 16 December 2010 that ensured City won their UEFA Europa League group; he was taken off for Pablo Zabaleta on 61 minutes.[4]

On 17 September 2011, he signed a three-month loan deal with Championship side Middlesbrough.[5] His first appearance came in the League Cup three days later as "Boro" were beaten 2–1 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. He went on to make nine league appearances at the club, though did not start another game. On 12 January 2012, he signed a loan deal with Coventry City until the end of the 2011–12 season after manager Andy Thorn described him as a "hot young prospect".[6] He scored his first goal in the Football League on his "Sky Blues" debut in a 3–1 victory over former club Middlesbrough at the Ricoh Arena.[7]

On 10 January 2013, he signed on loan with Crystal Palace until the end of the 2012–13 season, with manager Ian Holloway stating that "I've admired him for a couple of years".[8] He made his debut two days later, coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat at Burnley. He played only one further game for the "Eagles" before returning to the City of Manchester Stadium.

Port Vale

Nimely signed a contract with League One side Port Vale in November 2014 to keep him at Vale Park until the end of the 2014–15 season.[  He began training with Bolton Wanderers in January 2015. The next month he was disciplined by "Valiants" manager Rob Page after staying away from Vale Park without permission. In March he again missed training without permission. Whilst still missing from training he offered to play for Coventry City for free but his offer was rejected by manager Tony Mowbray, who said the player did not perform well during his time at Middlesbrough when Mowbray was manager there. He was released in May 2015.[

Romania[edit]

Nimely signed with Romanian Liga I club Poli Timișoara in February 2016.[15] He scored three goals in ten games in the 2015–16 season.[16] He signed with Viitorul Constanța in July 2016.[17] He scored six goals in 21 matches in the 2016–17 season.

Stabæk

Nimely signed with Norwegian Eliteserien club Stabæk on 1 April 2017.[18]

International career[edit]

In May 2010, Nimely rejected a call-up from Liberia for 2010 World Cup qualifiers and declared to the press that he had chosen to play for England, as his father is English. He was called up to the under-20 squad for the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt. He scored a goal in a 1–1 draw with Uzbekistan at the Mubarak International Stadium on 2 October.[19] This was the only goal England scored in the tournament, and they were eliminated at the Group Stage. He received his first call up to the under-21 side in November 2011 but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury.

He accepted a call-up for Liberia in October 2016, and was an unused substitute in a friendly match against Kenya on 15 November 2016

Stabæk Fotball

Stabæk Fotball is a Norwegian association football club based in Bærum, and a section of the multi-sport organization Stabæk IF. Founded in 1912, the club’s name is an archaic spelling of the suburban area Stabekk, from which it once originated. Their home stadium is the Nadderud Stadion after a three-year-long stay at the Telenor Arena. Their current chairman is Espen Moe.

 

 

After years of lean seasons, they won their first title in 1998 as they emerged victorious in the Norwegian Cup, beating Rosenborg BK 3–1 in the final. After having been relegated to Adeccoligaen after a poor 2004 season, they experienced a successful period under new manager Jan Jönsson, during which they returned to the league in 2005, won the 2008 Norwegian Premier League, their first, and reached the final of the Norwegian Cup, culminating in a very successful 2008 season for the club. Stabæk subsequently won the 2009 Norwegian Community Shield but finished a disappointing 12th and 10th place in the 2010 and 2011 league seasons, respectively, thus narrowly avoiding relegation both times.

Stabæk holds longstanding rivalries with Bærum SK, FK Lyn and Vålerenga, both in the league and by geographical location. The team’s home colors, entirely blue, have earned them the nickname “De Blaa” (The Blue Ones). In 2009, Stabæk became the first Norwegian association football club with both their men's and women’s teams in the premier divisions. Lillestrøm followed suit the next year.

On 30 November 2015, Billy McKinlay was appointed as manager of the club on a two-year contract.[1] McKinlay resigned as manager on 8 July 2016, after being knocked out of the UEFA Europa League by Welsh club Connah's Quay Nomads.[2]

Stadium[edit]

Stabæk played home games at the Nadderud Stadion until 2008. They then moved into the Telenor Arena, which had a capacity of 15,000 people. But their stay at the Telenor Arena became shorter than desired, and after a three-year-long stay at the indoor arena, they moved back to the Nadderud Stadion due to economical problems with the new arena. The women's team, Stabæk FK, currently also plays home games at the Nadderud Stadion. The Nadderud Stadion has a capacity of 7,000 spectators.

Chairman[edit]

On 4 February 2010, Einar Schultz was elected chairman of Stabæk, replacing Ingebrigt Steen Jensen. Schultz has held various positions in the Stabæk system over the last five years. In February 2012, Kjell Johnsen was elected the new chairman of Stabæk Fotball. Johnsen was replaced in 2013 by Espen Mo

 

Thursday, 30 March 2017 13:29

BYC Departs for WAFU tournament in Senegal

By Christopher Walker

 

A high power 25 men delegation of the champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers(BYC) have  departed the country for Senegal (Dakar) to honor the invitation from the West African Football Union (WAFU) four Champions teams’ tournament.

BYC departed the country via the Robert International Airport Wednesday afternoon with LFA named, senior national team head coach James Debbah as head of delegation.

The “Go Blue Boys” will  join the champions of Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Ghana, in Dakar for the Fox News WAFU sponsorship deal tournament that will run from March 30, to April 2, 2017.

Only League Champions from Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, and Senegal were invited by WAFU, putting Liberia’s BYC in the prestigious class of ECOWAS teams.

Invited teams are Ghana-(Wa All Stars), Ivory Coast,-(AS Tanda), Liberia-Barrack Young Controllers), and  Senegal-(US Gorée/Dakar).

FOX news is a giant United States (Los Angeles based) TV network with a massive worldwide audience. 

 

The tournament should have taken place on December 8-10 2016, but was postponed by WAFU due to a conflicting date with a religious festival in Senegal.   

 

The tournament’s is aimed at celebrating WAFU Zone A 25 Million USD long-term sponsorship agreement with FOX news Networks Group (FNG).

 

It is confirmed that CAF President Ahmad Ahmad,  will attend the event and rumored FIFA President Gianni Infantino will also be in Dakar. 

 

One may also say  because of the prestige associated with the tournament, major team scouts from Europe will be in hand to see talents at first hand. Thus, BYC will take along some of its rising stars from feeder team/junior outfit BYC-II. 

They  includes winger Sam Jackson, central defender Solomon Zeah, and goalie Sekou Beyoh

 

The communitcation to BYC from WAFU states that WAFU will shourlder the transportation and hotel accomodation for all of the teams for only a 25 men  delegation.  The delegation headed by James Debbah,  BYC technial team is headed by its Director of Football Thomas Kojo, and Head Coach Cooper Sannah; his team includes Anthony Awi, Ben Perry, Melvin Jerry and Albert Sarweh.

 

Players are:  Sam Jackon, Prince Jetoh, David Tweh, Ketu Jerbo, Hilton Varney, Prince Kenney, Koffa Dougbeh, Prince Saydee Allenton Sembeh, Gideon Williams, Claudius Morris, Kemoh Kamarah , James Kpoto, Abdulai Bility, Simar AT Kamara, Solomom Zeah, Sekou Bayoh, and captain Van-Dave Harmon.

 

BYC who are the champions of Liberia on Januray 29, 2017 defeated FC Johansen in an International frieldly  2-1 in their prepartion for the CAF Champions League and defeated Stade Malien on Feburay 12, 2017 1-0 in the CAF Champions  League and went on to qualifyed over their counterparts from Mali during the second leg in Mali 7-6 on penalties shoot-out after lossing 1-0 during regular time. 

 

The Liberia champions were knock out of the CAF Champions league during the prelimenary round Finals by Mozambique Champions Club Ferroviario  De Beria on penalties shoot-out 4-1.

 

BYC will on April 9, 2017 at  the ATS host South African gaint SuperSport United in the CAF Confederarion Cup and will be hoping to secure good results in Senegal to well prepared them for their tough task aganist United.

 

Speaking to Frontpage Africa BYC President Sekou Konneh said they are optimic of puting up good performence in Dakar. “I trust my team we are able to bring back home the trophy like we did in Freetown few years back.”

 

Mr. Konneh has welcomed the idea of WAFU to host such tournment and wants it to be an annual tournment within West Africa.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in LFA League

 

 

By Christopher Walker

What went wrong for United?

It was a disappointing end to a positive week for Abraham Sessay, who is in charge of the Mountaineers for the rest of the season. Sessay took over from Emmanuel Kaykay who resigned as head coach of United after three months with the Mountaineers due to allege interference on technical matters from the Adolphus Dolo president and owner of Nimba United.   

He noted that his defense should be held responsible for his team’s defeat because they did not play to instructions.

“I feels disappointed because since I left BYC this is the first time for them to beat me in a match, but that’s football”.

BYC is a tough team they give us tough time but we are going to bounce back stronger during the second phase.

 Meanwhile in the only game at the Antoinette Tubman Liberia’s Oldest Football Club Invincible Eleven (IE ) secure their first win of the season over ELWA United.

IE who are currently in the relegation Zone defeated eight men ELWA United 4-0.

The boys from ELWA started the match with nine men and were reduced to eight men in the 43rd minute when they were down 4-0.

The game had to be caught off due to three injured players of ELWA United as central referee  Christopher Nylander, because the rules of the game states that five players cannot start or continue a game.

Sunday result means IE remains in the relegation zone with four points from eleven matches.

 

Van-Dave Harmon scored the only goal for the defending Champions at North Star Stadium against Nimba United, in their final match of the first phase of the Liberia Football Association First Division league.

BYC’s win Sunday over United took their points of the first phase to 21, and into 2nd place, seven points, behind league leaders Fassell FC.

The visitors took the lead in the 71st minute when Van-Dave raced unto Hilton Varney’s through ball, and hammered the ball into the roof of the net.

Mustapha Lormell should have leveled the score with a header from six yards out, but missed, though visitors BYC created more chances, despite their plenty of possessions.

Randy Dukuly could have made more comfortable for Copper Sannah's side when his header kissed the crossbar, ending a run of two games without a win in the league.

Nimba United missed the chance to move up the twelve teams table from seventh to fourth, after their second defeat at home this season; they remain seventh on the log with 15 points.

Five minutes into the match the inform Nimba United winger Stanley Whitfield right foot shot was save by Allenton Sembeh.

A minute later Van-Dave missing goal continue as he missed a one on one with United Keeper Edmund Borloh .

Van-Dave and Abdulai Bility had a “one/two” connection deep in United’s half but Van-Dave’s shot went wild.

Whitfield dangerous pace down the left flank was consistently intercepted by the returning  BYC right back Karleo Anderson.

26th minute United Captain Michael Fahnbulleh was yellow carded for pulling down Randy Dukuly a minute later David Tweh was booked for similar foul on Mustapha Lormall.

Darlington Suwo was introduced in the 35th minute for the injured Karsini Konneh.

Randy Missed an empty post from four yards, to the disbelief of spectators at North Stadium.

38th minute of the first half BYC Abdulai Bility was replaced by Abraham Koffa Dougbeh due to an injury  he sustained.

There had been a sense that BYC’s performance has improved but scoring goals seems to be a major problem for them this season without the results particularly in the league - following suit.

But this was an assured display, coupled with a positive result, and will give Sannah hopes that his side can now build on the troubling run of two draws.

A defeat would have proven extremely costly to the “Go Blue Boys” hopes of claiming the Championship they won last season, and would have put them ten points behind Fassell FC.

Nimba United produced very little, despite their command of the ball, but it was BYC who were the more dangerous side through the attacking pace of David Tweh, Van-Dave and Randy Dukuly. Including Abdulai bility’s neat passing and Tweh's link-up play.

But  it was left back Hilton Varney who created the goal, dispossessing Terrance Jones from the wing of the park, releasing  Van-Dave who control the ball well and blast the ball in the top roof of the United goal. Randy showed occasional signs of menace, forcing a fine save from Nimba United keeper Edmund Borloh after his header hit against the woodwork.

It was all lined up to be the perfect afternoon for Van-Dave, who has not score for the “Blue Boys” since their meeting with IE when he scored a hat trick but turned around his fortunes to increase his goal tally to six goals in the league and three assists.

Sannah told reporters after the match that Bility injury  was not very serious, and expects him to be back in time for their next game of the season against SuperSport United of South African in the CAF Cup next month, at  home on April 9, 2017.

Ability’s absence could open up a return to the side for Claudius Morris, who was an unused substitute against LISCR FC in their disappointing draw at the Blue Field, while Sylvanus Morris and Junior Barshall could also be options.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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