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By Martina Brooks

Former Monrovia Club Breweries player Sylvanus Nimely has signed a 4 and half year deal with Russia’s Spartak Moscow 2 for an undisclosed fee from MFK Karvina of Czech Republic.
Nimely left Breweries for MFK in 2014.


He has now joined his new teammates on a pre-season tour in Cyprus and will make his official debut in March.


The former Breweries play maker described the move as a great opportunity. He attributed his success to hard work and determination, but was quick to mention that God’s favor and support from his family and friends have kept him going

. “I think this is just something any young player would dream of” he said. He said he remains grateful to his management team globalgroup11 for always looking out for the best for him. He has promised to keep working hard with his new team.


FC Spartak-2 Moscow is a Russian football team from Moscow, founded in 1964. It is a feeder club for the Russian Premier League team FC Spartak Moscow.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:29

Breweries Coach Apologizes

 

 

By Roland Mulbah

 

The coach of Liberia Football Association (LFA) Knock Out champions, Monrovia Club Breweries,Francis Sarploh, has apologized to fans of Liberian football for his club’s 4-0demolition by Algerian top rated outfit, JS Kabyliein the preliminary first leg first round encounter of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup.

The 4-0 thrashing last Sunday, led to the youthful Liberian team’s elimination from the competition even though the red and white outfit won the first leg 3-0 two weeks ago at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.

While at the Robert International Airport last Friday, February 17, 2017 before their departure for the Sunday, February 19, 2017 match inTiziOuzou, Algeria, Coach Francis Sarploh wrote on his official facebook page saying “One hour to departure at Robert International Airport. Long flight: Monrovia to Accra (Ghana), Istanbul (Turkey) to Algiers(Algeria) and later TiziOuzou (Algeria) which is the match’s venue. Nineteen hours of flight. Oh God, I pray this does not negatively impact my players' physiological response to the game,” the coach concluded.

True to his post on facebook, the coach said in a post match interview that the long flight and weather affected the team a lot.

“We did not perform the way it was expected of us. We could have done better if we have had good rest,” he said.

“The long flight affected the team a lot. Upon arriving in Algeria, we had just an hour to rest before the training session. To a very large extent, the weather too played a major part. If we had reached there earlier, we would have adjusted a bit to the weather there. Like the way BYC arrived in Mali earlier for their match against Stade de Malien, we would have made the difference if we had done the same.”
He apologized to the fans for the result and has called on them to keep supporting the club.

“The fans have been behind us,” he added. “Certainly, they won’t be happy about the way we were pulled out of the competition. We apologize to them and assure them that next time, we will do better. We hope they keep supporting us,” he said.

 

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:24

BYC vs. Stade Malien Players Ratings

 
 
 
By:  Christopher Walker
 
Bamako, Mali-Barrack Young Controllers produced as complete a performance they had last  season to dismiss Stade Malien by a score of 7-6 on penalties shoot out in Mali. Though the home team were well-organized and attacked on numerous occasions with pace.
 
Stade Malien De Bamako the Champions of Mali had no answers for the tempo and precision of a well-designed Cooper Sannah/BYC defensive tactics and good precise passing through the midfield which was at times  a joy to watch.
 
The Positives:
The Liberian Champions were very strong from the midfield to defense, with Sylvanus Morris, Abraham Koffa Dougbeh, and David Tweh, been  a brilliant trio of playmakers. Prince Jetoh, Kemoh Kamara, Hilton Varney, and Prince Kennedy were excellent at the back; while Allenton Sembeh was  extra brilliant in goal for the “Go Blue Boys,” making several one on one saves and saving three crucial penalties, including the last one for the win.
 
The Negatives:   
If there were any black marks, they were against the finishing of strikers Van-Dave Harmon, and Mark Paye in the first half; had they been more accurate, this would doubtless may have been a rout.
 
Manager: Ratings (1-10; 10=best)
 
Copper Sannah: (8/10) --Made only one change in his starting lineup and still got a  resounding victory away from home. His ability to do that, stands his team in excellent stead for their qualification to the second round of the CAF Champions League.
 
Player ratings: Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
 
GK Allenton Sembeh: (9.5/10) --Was sharp whenever called upon in either half, hanging on to well-struck drives and calmly clearing his lines when under substantial pressure from forwards. Made six real saves throughout the game and collected most of the areas balls. He saved three crucial penalties with two been score and win. Converted his own penalty,  sending the keeper the wrong way. named Man of the Match.
 
 
DF Prince Kennedy:  (8/10)--Excellent again. Was seldom troubled down his flank, and when getting forward his crosses were not too good.
Defended well with good air power.
 
DF Prince Jetoh: (8.5/10)--He made his defensive assignment look far simpler than it was. He stopped his opponents with  strength , while also passing with pace and precision. Intercepted balls frequently; head injury  sustained, but continue and ended the match.  
 
DF Kemoh Kamara: (8/10)--Had a couple of uncomfortable moments in the first half as his opposite man attempted  could not elude him . His missed penalty ended his display on a disappointing note.
 
DF Hilton Varney:  (7/10)--His eye for a pass was essential to BYC second -half possession, during which he could often be found breaking forward. Had a tougher first half as Malien national team member Abubarcar Diarra harassed Varney with  his full array of tricks.
 
MF Sylvanus Morris: (8.5/10)--A key reason for BYC maintenance of an extraordinary defensive displayed by the Liberian Champions. Endlessly prompted the attack and screened his defense throughout.
 
MF Abraham Dougbeh: (8/10)--His runs forward both with and without the ball were good . He was again a tough mid-fielder  in dispossessing his opponents,  and spread the play with ease.
 
MF Gideon Williams: (6/10)--His touch, movement and vision were not good, as he gave away the ball to his opponents regularly, was good at wining balls; poor in his final delivery.  
 
MF David Tweh: (8/10)--The only thing that his super performance was missing was a fight for winning the ball defensively had his defensive ability been better, he might have been the Player of the Match.  from  start to finish,  his first-time passing was exceptional.
 
FW Mark Paye: (7/10) -- He regularly raced past multiple players on the dribble, combined beautifully with Van-Dave, finishing poor
 
FW Van-Dave Harmon: (7/10) -- Should have scored the  first goal of the match from a Sylvanus Morris pass  in the first half. His link-up play, particularly with Paye, was very good throughout, and his one-touch passing in tight spaces was typically outstanding. Scored the last penalty of BYC before Sembeh save the Malian penalty to seal the victory.
 
Substitutes
MFS Junior Barshall: (NR)-- His passing was not fairly prompt; he got into dangerous attacking positions, though these were not fully exploited by him.
 
MF Sporo Somah: (NR)--Immediately made his trademark run cutting in from the left, and his pace further stretched an already strong Stade Malien defense.
 
MF Abdulai Bility: (NR)-- By the time he entered the fray, it was all over, with BYC patiently playing keep-ball to run down the clock. Netted his penalty during the shoot-out.
 
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By: Anthony Kokoi

A late goal from Julius Wotoe of Mighty Barrolle yesterday saw the “Kanyan Pepper Boys” defeating their traditional rivals Invincible Eleven 2-1 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Striker Wotoe, who was on the score sheet in his side’s two previous wins against ELWA United and Barrack Young Controllers, was introduced midway through the first half and got the winner in the 72nd minute after he forced his way through to get the ball at the back of the net.

Both teams missed a lot of goal opportunities in the first half; with Augustus Tanyoun of IE missing two clear chances while Barrolle’s Sam Johnson’s header from close range was knocked out of the goalpost.

Following a goalless first half, when both sides displayed poor performances that supporters described as “blind and crippled,” the two teams returned in the second half with better performances that saw the Rollers taking the lead in the 47th minute after Alieu Kamara swung in a free kick from about 20 yards down the right flank.

It was midfielder Kamara’s second consecutive goal after his opener in their 4-0 win against ELWA United.

The “Sun Shine Yellow Boys” (IE) in less than two minutes responded to their opponents to get the equalizer after Morris Janteh netted a rebound from a free kick that was knocked by goalkeeper Tito Wesseh.

The result marked IE’s eighth consecutive defeat as they remained bottom of the league table without a point, while Barrolle moved above the regulation zone with nine points out of nine matches.

The win for the Rollers was their third in the presence of their President Eugene Nagbe who described it as coincidence.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Nagbe said although his team continues to struggle to escape the regulation zone, the win against their traditional rivals was crucial.

In the day’s first encounter, league leaders FC Fassel missed an opportunity to extend their lead to seven points ahead of LISCR FC after they were forced to a 2-2 draw against Keitrace FC.

Fassel began the match on good a note after Aloysuis Samujulah put the league leaders ahead in the 16th minute in the first half and dominated until to end the half.

The “Soccer Missionaries” (FC Fassel) in the second half doubled their efforts and in the 51st minute got a goal through Captain James Walatee.

But Keitrace scored through David Mollie in the 57th minute and finally managed to secure a point when Dauda Kamara got the equalizer in the 61st minute.

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By-Christopher Walker

Liberia’s Champions Barrack Young Controllers have qualified to the second round (Preliminary Finals) of the CAF Champions League.

The Go Blue Boys achieved the feet on Sunday away from home with a win against Stade Malien in Bamako.

With regular time ending 1-0 in favor of the host, the final result for qualification had to be determined from the penalty spot because of BYC’s 1-0 first leg win at home.

BYC made it to the second round after nine spot kicks by both teams. Captain Van Dave Harmon netted home a kick at 6-6, giving the Go Blue Boys a 7-6 penalty kicks lead. BYC’s goalie Allenton Sembeh would save State Malian’s next ball to seal the victory.

Playing away from home BYC played much of the first 45 minutes defensively in their own half, as the well-organized Malian champions went all out for goal; scoring one late in the first half.

Ten minutes in to the match Van–Dave Harmon had the first real opportunity of the match after been setup by experienced midfielder Sylvanus Morris, but the BYC skipper blasted the ball over the cross bar to the disbelieve of his teammates and officials.

Stade Malien De Bamako dominated possession from the start of the game, they were denied on many occasions by BYC shot stopper Allenton Sembeh, who put up his best performance of the season.

Sembeh who was promoted to the senior team of BYC made over six one on one’s saves during the match.

Mussa Kone got the only goal of the match from a right flank cross as the strong attacker was in the right position to place the ball at the back of BYC net sending the 27, 000 capacity stadium in total celebration ending the first half 1-0 in favor of the home team.
Four BYC players were yellow carded: Sylvanus Morris, Allenton Sembeh, Prince Jetoh, and Mark Paye.

Knowing that 1-0 defeat could take the game in to penalties kicks, Copper Sannah brought in Sporo Somah for Gideon Williams, Sylvanus Morris replaced by Junior Barshall. Abdulai Bility was also introduced late in the second half for David Tweh.

The winner of the tie eventually would be decided from the spot.

BYC’s Allenton Sembeh became the hero of the day by saving three of nine penalties.

Junior Barshall and Kemoh Kamara had their penalties missed.

Van-Dave Harmon scored BYC’s last penalty while Stade Malien last was beautifully save by Sembeh, sending BYC into the next round

BYC will face Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique in the second round of the CAF Champions League in March.

Ferroviario Beira qualified after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Zimamoto of the Comoros Island. The first leg in Comoros Island 2-1 in favor of Zimamoto

 
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Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:55

Monrovia Club Breweries FC bows out

Monrovia Club Breweries FC bows out of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup following a 4-0 defeat to JS Kabylie in the return leg of the preliminary qualifying round. Details to follow. .....

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:23

BYC Qualifies


Liberia Football Association (LFA) champions, Barrack Young Controller (BYC) beat Malian champions, Stade Malien de Bamako in Bamako, Mali 7-6 on penalties in the preliminary first leg first round encounter of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League after regular and extra time ended 1-0 in the Malian favor.


BYC managed a hard earned 1-0 win over Malian champions, StadeMalien de Bamako last week at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in the CAF Champions League.


The Liberian Champions will play either Zimamoto of the Comoros Island or Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique in the second round of the competition. details coming soon

 

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By  Christopher C Walker

The “Go Blue Boys” have a 1-0 advantage going into today’s match against Stade Malien de Bamako; Head coach Copper Sannah took no chances as Mark Paye leads the line once again

Sannah has named a strong side to take on Stade Malien de Bamako in the second leg of the CAF champions league tie against their Malian counterparts, but there is still no place for right back Karleo Anderson and goalie Morris Tarr.

The defender and goalkeeper were omitted from the 18-squad due to injuries sustained in the first leg 1-0 victory at home; both missed out despite showing some improvement in training.

Sannah make only one change to the side who snatched all three points late on against the Malian in Monrovia. Abraham Koffa Dougbeh step into the first XI, replacing Junior Barshall; while Ketu Jerbo is out of the 18, replaced by Randy Dukuly.

The BYC coach has maintained a strong defensive minded look to his side, with Gideon Williams, Van-Dave Harmon, David Tweh, Kemoh Kamara, and Allenton Sembeh all starting.

The home side may make few changes from the side who lost 1-0 to BYC on Sunday, including the enforced absence of Yacouba Songne who was red carded during the first leg in Monrovia while Aboubacar Diarra who came on as a second half substitute in Liberia may start on Sunday.

BYC hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg in Monrovia, with the winners going on to the second preliminary round of the Champions League to play either Zimamoto of the Comoros Island or Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique in March.

BYC starting XL, Allenton Sembeh, Prince Kennedy, Hilton Varney, Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, Sylvanus Morris, Gideon Williams, Abraham Koffa Dougbeh, David Tweh, Van-Dave Harmon, Mark Paye
Subs: Mulbah Urey, Francis Jallabah, James Kpoto, Abdulai Bility, Junior Barshall, Sporo Somah, Randy Dukuly.

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By Christopher C Walker

Barrack Young Controllers players and officials were attacked by Stade Malien fans on Saturday evening during the Liberian champions final practice session ahead of their meeting with Stade Malien on Sunday at 5pm. 

Around 40 supporters, including kids, boys, and the elderly verbally insulted and threw rocks at BYC players and officials thirty minutes to the end of the teams’ practice session at the National Stadium in Bamako Mali. The Video was Captured by BYC.

The home fans came to the stadium to see the visitors training session, but they turn into elements of disturbance by calling the Liberian team “rebels”, and other derogatory names.

BYC President Sekou Konneh went to the fans to acquire their issues but they insulted him, and began tossing both raw and boil eggs at the team and Konneh. Players and officials of BYC quickly ended their practice session and ran to enter their buses.

The Malians fan continued the name calling, then began throwing rocks and other objects at BYC. The visitors had to cut their practice short because of safety concerns and returned to their hotel.

By CAF regulation all home teams, are responsible for providing security to visitors as BYC did for Stade Malien in Monrovia.

The home fans attacked came just a day to the match on Sunday, Feb 19 at 5pm between Stade Malien de Bamako and Barrack Young Controllers in the Second leg in the CAF Champions League.

Stade Malien lost the first leg in Monrovia 1-0 on February 12, and will have to defeat BYC 2-0 to qualify. Either a draw or win for the three times Liberian Champions will see them through to the next round of the competition.

Since the arrival of BYC into Bamako, the team has been mistreated, they were made to charter taxis from the airport to their hotel. CAF rules that the “home” team should provide internal transport for visiting from the airport” In addition, it took three days before officials of Stade Malien and the Malian FA visited the “Go Blue Boys.”

BYC President Konneh said “The violence was orchestrated by 5 persons who turned up at the stadium and began provoking players, Something like this should not be accepted in CAF football.”
He said “I am surprise that we do not have security with us from our host (Malian FA or Stade Malien) because they promised to give us protection but up to present nothing of such.”
He noted that BYC will complain, and file an official grievance on both the violence and transportation treatment to the Match Commissioner and CAF. Konneh stressed that if this could occur at a practice session he would have serious concerns for his team at the actual match.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:38

Copper: BYC players must fight to

 
 
 
BY Christopher C Walker
 
 
 
 
After seeing his team defeating Stade Malien de Bamako at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia during the first leg the “Go Blue Boys”  head coach Copper Sannah   has urged  his players  to fight for their futures on Sunday away from home.

Copper Sannah  says his BYC  players must fight to prove their worth against their host Stade Malien to seal qualification.

The  Liberian League champions have struggled in their  league of late  this season, where they are  currently  3rd  on  the table, and have lost two games at home this season but put up super performances against FC Johansen in a friendly which the Liberia Champions won 2-1 and beat Stade Malien on Feb 12, during the first leg 1-0.

  Having already won at home Copper said he will select a strong lineup for  Sunday encounter but says his  players must be ready  to fight for their qualification something he is hopeful of.

"Everybody at the club has a job, and, of course, our management has done everything  necessary, now is our time to give back," he told a the SKY FM ahead of Sunday's game against Stade Malien in the CAF Champions League.

"We have to fight only  players who wants to fight until the end will play Sunday because we need to work hard to win or qualify ."

"I will make few changes because I need to adopt different style of Play," he said.

"Now we have to be focused on Sunday match and collect a point so   we have to fight."

When asked if the treatment from their host will have any part to play on his players the current best coach in Liberia said his players are in the right mind set for the game.

He noted that his target is to win away from home or get a point to seal their qualification.
 
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