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by Christopher C Walker
 
Liberia’s Champions Barrack Young Controllers(BYC-I) Sunday put behind them their recent poor form in their domestic league, played excellent football to beat FC Johansen of Sierra Leone 2-1 in an International Friendly match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

 The visitors FC Johansen started the match very optimistically taking an early 1-0 lead through George Matta header in the tenth minute beating BYC’s Morris Tarr.

After the opening  goal BYC reconsolidated  and mounted  pressure on their Sierra Leonean counterparts, dominating the showpiece as   Johansen   play  much of the first half on their side of the pitch.  

BYC first real attempt on target  came in the 22nd minute  after  David Tweh set-up Sylvanus Morris’s   who shot was blocked by Johansen’s defender Abu Suma.

in the 30 minute FC Johansen Yeami Dunia had a free header saved by Morris Tarr.

Three minutes later LFA top goal score Mark Paye missed a clear opportunity from close range after a “one/two” with Van-Dave but his  effort was  saved by Johansen’s keeper Mohamed Kamara.

 Paye had another glorious opportunity in few minutes later but  his placement went inches off the goal post   sending BYC fans in agony.

Junior Barshall long range shot was saved by Johansen goal keeper Kamara who put out a beautiful display by making several decent saves.

In  the 40th minute BYC pressure the defense of Johansen with their interchanging play which cause the visitors to make elementary mistakes by giving out balls out to BYC.

 With three minutes to the end of the first half BYC got the equalizer from Mark Paye   after a missed calculation between Abu Suma and Mohamed Kamara as   Gideon Williams intercepted their pass to sets-up Paye he dribbles the  keeper, and walk the  ball into  Johansen goal to level the score 1-1 as  the Stadium erupts in celebration.

Back from the break BYC was awarded a penalty after central FIFA badge referee Jerry Yekeh   pointed to the  spot after Paye placed the ball on the hand of Abu Kanu. BYC right back Karleo Anderson converted (BYC-2/FC Johnasen-1.

Two goals down Johansen took control of the game pushing BYC to play deep in their half, BYC’s defense puts up a stiff, “bend but don’t break” resistance.

Ketu Jerbo  in  for the injured  Mark Paye.

 Copper Sannah brought  in Randy Dukuly for David Tweh as  Tweh sustain also-FC Johansen play a more   physical game.  Tweh had a fantastic game-keeping  Johansen on their back heels with  his excellent foot work.

BYC had to replace goalie Morris Tarr with Mulbah Urey  while Abraham Koffa Dougbeh,  was introduced for Sylvanus Morris-who was very tired a substitution the BYC Coach Said was intended  to strengthen  his back line.

93 Minutes-Final whistle.  Final Score BYC-2/FC Johnasen-1.

 After final whistle the entire BYC football team including Chairman/CEO Robert Sirleaf  walk across the entire length of the pitch, as they  exchange hand shake  with the  FC Johansen players, and staff . 

BYC will face Stade Malien on February 12, 2017 at the ATS while Johansen will take on Rus Rabat of Morocco on the Weekend of February 10-12 2017 in Free Town Sierra Leaon.  
 
It is confirmed that FC Johansen will face Liberia other CAF representative Monrovia Club Breweries in another friendly on Tuesday February 31, 2017 at 4pm the Blue Field (Home  of  BYC Football).   
Published in LFA League
Monday, 30 January 2017 14:51

BYC WINS FIRST INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

 

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Squad: Barrack Young Controllers                                                                                                                                                      FC Johansen

 

The champions of the Liberia Football Association Barrack Young Controllers has won its first international friendly match the champions of the Sierra Leone Football Association FC Johansen at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

The international friendly between the two champions is used as a preparation for their CAF confederation Cup where BYC will face the mail side Stade Malien on February 12 this year at ATS in Monrovia, while the Sierra Leonean side will lock horns with Moroccan champions Rus Rabat on February 11 at the Sierra Leone National Stadium.

A one on one save was done by BYC keeper Mulbah Urey who came in for Morris Tarr in the 15minutes s of the second half. According to the hand coach of FC Johansen John Kiester, his team played a very good game and he was happy with his team’s result. He said playing BYC was not about winning but trying the team and knowing their weakness to have them prepared for their team.

Also speaking the coach of BYC Copper Sannah said playing FC Johansen was a very good reception by the club because it shows what they need to work on as a team. He said getting a strong team was when one can get out there and be tested.

During the friendly match between BYC and FC Johansen, the visiting team’s number 14 player George Matta got the first goal in the 13 minutes of the game, putting his team in the lead. The goal was a result of a corner kick coming from Sorie Barrie.

The second corner kick came in the 18 minutes of the game for FC Johansen, but it was sent away by BYC’s Kemoh Kamara. In the 27 minutes of the first half, FC Johansen number 14 player George Matta gave a good pass, but it was taken away by Prince Jetoh.

 
Published in LFA League

The champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers defeated FC Johansen 2-1 at the ATS in an international CLub friendly.


George Matta put the visitors ahead but Mark Paye got BYC equalizer one minute to the end of the first half and created a penalty in the second half.


Karleo Anderson score for BYC from the penalty spot to end the friendly encounter 2-1 in favor of BYC.details to follow.

Published in LFA League

ATS comes alive Internationally
BYC (Liberia) versus FC Johansen (Sierra Leone)

The Champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers will face Sierra Leon FA Cup Champions FC Johansen in a club friendly at Antoinette Tubman Stadium Sunday January 29, 2017. 3:45pm kick-off.
The two sides have met on three occasions with BYC having the better record as BYC-II knock out Johansen from the CAF Cup in 2013 after Johansen lost away 1-0 and played BYC-II to a goalless draw in Freetown.
The fixture comes two days after BYC was defeated at home to Fassell FC in the title race of the 2017 LFA first division league. Fassell increased their winning spread to six game undefeted.
Both teams are using the match as warm up for their CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup match. BYC-I will face Stade Malien while Johansen will lock horns with Moroccan top flight club Rus Rabat on the weekend of February 10-12 2017 in Freetown.
Johansen arrive in the country on Friday and had their first training session at Blue Field the home of BYC.
BYC president Sekou Konneh said Sunday’s match is important for the club’s preparation for the Champions League.
“We are using this game to get our players in the right frame of mind to face Stade Malien.”
He said BYC is having difficult times in the league, which happens, but is sure that they will make Liberians happy against Stade Malien noting that it will start from Johansen game but said playing at the local stage and international is different.
“Johansen is a good team to test our boys against because they played good football something that may be similar to our opponent Stade Malien.”
FC Johansen coach John Keister said he’s expect a good game against BYC but said the result does not matter all he hopes to see is a tough match.
“We want to see our players against a foreign team in different situations and what is important is to play in different environment.”
Johansen also may have another friendly match against LFA Cup winners and Super Cup winners Monrovia Club Breweries on Tuesday at the same venue the ATS, though up to press time, it has not been confirmed.

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The Champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers will face Sierra Leon FA Cup Champions FC Johansen in a club friendly at Antoinette Tubman Stadium Sunday January 29, 2017. 3:45pm kick-off.
The two sides have met on three occasions with BYC having the better record as BYC-II knock out Johansen from the CAF Cup in 2013 after Johansen lost away 1-0 and played BYC-II to a goalless draw in Freetown.


The fixture comes two days after BYC was defeated at home to Fassell FC in the title race of the 2017 LFA first division league. Fassell increased their winning spread to six game undefeated


Both teams are using the match as warm up for their CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup match. BYC-I will face Stade Malien while Johansen will lock horns with Moroccan top flight club Rus Rabat on the weekend of February 10-12 2017 in Freetown.


Johansen arrive in the country on Friday and had their first training session at Blue Field the home of BYC.
BYC president Sekou Konneh said Sunday’s match is important for the club’s preparation for the Champions League.


“We are using this game to get our players in the right frame of mind to face Stade Malien.”
He said BYC is having difficult times in the league, which happens, but is sure that they will make Liberians happy against Stade Malien noting that it will start from Johansen game but said playing at the local stage and international is different.


“Johansen is a good team to test our boys against because they played good football something that may be similar to our opponent Stade Malien.”


FC Johansen coach John Keister said he’s expect a good game against BYC but said the result does not matter all he hopes to see is a tough match.


“We want to see our players against a foreign team in different situations and what is important is to play in different environment.”


Johansen also may have another friendly match against LFA Cup winners and Super Cup winners Monrovia Club Breweries on Tuesday at the same venue the ATS, though up to press time, it has not been confirmed.

Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 22:21

BYC announce friendly vs. FC Johansen at ATS


BY Christopher C Walker

The Champions of Barrack Young Controllers have announced a friendly against the Cup Champions of Sierra Leone at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in central Monrovia on January 29, 2017at 3: 30 PM.

Sunday International Club Friendly is organized in partnership with the Liberia Football Association and is intended to test both teams strength as they get ready for their CAF champions league/Confederation Cup matches next month.

According to a release from the Liberian Champions they are pleased to let the sporting public in Liberia know that Sunday’s encounter will prepare both clubs for their 2017 CAF Champions League/Confederation Cup matches.

the meeting is the fourth between both clubs with BYC having the better record as BYC-II the feeder side of BYC eliminated Johansen from the CAF Cup four years ago.

As far negotiations is Concern FC Johansen will be transported from the Sierra Leone/Liberian boarder camped and fed by the LFA, While BYC Football will be responsible for all aspects for the game at ATS, including advertising, promotions ticketing, and security.

An Advance team of Johansen is expected in the country later Wednesday while the entire delegation will arrive in Liberia Friday afternoon and will be guest of BYC as they battle league leaders FC Fassell at Blue Field.

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BYC-I will face Stade Malien on February 12, 2017 at home the ATS while FC Johansen will lock horns with Moroccan FUS Rabat on the weekend of February 10-12 in Freetown.


The Management of BYC Football wants Liberians to turn out in their numbers to cheer their Champions to victory against FC Johansen.

BYC head coach Copper Sannah told reporters after his side draw with Watanga that the Friendly is important for his team ahead of their Showpiece with Stade Malien.

“It will show us how our players can performed against a Foreign team something we hope to notice.

He promised a good performance from his players Sunday but urged Liberians not to expect too much from BYC against FC Johansen because the game is a friendly.

Meanwhile a minimum entrance fees first game will be Charge.
VIP-$10 USD
Around VIP-$5 USD
Around the Field-100 Liberian Dollars

Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:23

BYC Closes Gap On FC Fassel

 

Anthony Kokoi

First division champions, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC-1) Friday closed the gap with FC Fassel after Van-Dave Harmon strained himself to get the winning goal in their 2-1 win over Gardnerville-based Keitrace FC at the Blue Field in Monrovia.

Following a one-all draw in the first half, captain Harmon fought to put his leg through to hit in a cross from the left flank in the 66th minute which led to the striker sustaining a knee injury.

The “Go Blue Boys” of BYC conceded their first defeat against Mighty Barrolle in their final 2016 league fixture.

It was in the 5th minute when BYC’s Prince Saydee broke the deadlock with his left foot strike from the left corner, outside of the 18 yard box, which entered through the lower left corner of the goalpost.

Keitrace thereafter made their first unsuccessful attempt after Titus Kamara took a left-footed strike that traveled over the bar.

Coach Cooper Sannoh’s boys tried to double their goal advantage but Saydee missed a low cross from the left wing. Keitrace were preventing themselves from conceding their first defeat in their unbeaten run, and got the equalizer in the 31st minute after Emmanuel Dee headed in a cross from left-back Kamara down the left angle to end the half 1-1.

Upon resumption, the Go Blue Boys through forward Saydee repeated the same strike that led to the opening goal, but goalkeeper Godfred David of Keitrace was in a better position to bring the ball under control.

Both teams continued their attacks to get a winner, with BYC creating most of the chances and finally getting the winner through Harmon.

The win was BYC’s fourth out of five matches in the new league season and is now three points behind FC Fassel. On the other hand, it was the first defeat for Keitrace FC out of five matches and they are now 5th on the table.

In other league matches, Monrovia Club Breweries dropped one step down following a goalless draw against ELWA United, who moved a step above to 10th place in Saturday’s first game, while Invincible Eleven, who are yet to secure a win, were squeezed out 1-0 by Watanga FC.

On Sunday, two goals from Varney Sando and a goal from Grosso Sloboh gave LISCR FC a 3-1 victory over Mighty Barrolle, who defeated BYC in their last league match at the Blue Field.

LISCR FC are now third on the league table with 9 points out of five matches and are yet to concede a defeat, while the defeat for the Rollers moved them to the 11th position on the league’s table.

Published in LFA League
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:48

Government upsets LFA

 

By Sylvester Worwee‎

Liberia Football Association has angrily reacted to Government decision to cancel Liberia’s Friendly with Libya.

The Lone Star was scheduled to play the Mediterranean Knights in a non-approved FIFA friendly on January 24, but the match was cut off barely eleventh hour to kickoff.

No international football has been played on Libyan soil since the uprising in 2011.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Yonton said Government acted in line with FIFA and CAF ban imposed on the North African nation.

“Owing to the prevailing situation in Libya, it’s not advisable for us to send our citizens to that country.

“It’s Government obligation to ensure the safety of its citizens, so it’s on this basis that we have communicated with the LFA not to send the national team to Libya,” Minister Yonton disclosed at the weekend.

However, LFA Vice President for Administration Musa Shannon says Government action to cancel Liberia-Libya friendly was premature.

The LFA first vice president said Government’s decision is purely based on rumors circulating on social media, rather than advice from security experts.

Shannon wonders when it became a concern for the Government of Liberia that sending the national team to war-torn countries is a risk.

“I traveled to Congo Brazzaville and other war-torn countries with Lone Star, the Ex-Liberian international pondered.
He further iterated that it was prudent then, to send him and others to war-torn countries but forbidden to do so now.

According to Musa Shannon’s Wikipedia page, the former Marítimo forward represented Liberia at senior level between 2000 and 2001, scoring 1 goal in 12 appearances.

Published in Lonestar News
 
 

 

Monrovia - The government has mandated the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to cancel a planned international friendly with Libya in Tripoli on January 24.


Report by Danesius Marteh, danesius.marteh@frontpageafricaonline.com


According to Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Sports Minister Saah Charles N’Tow wrote LFA President Musa Bility on January 19 to register government’s objection to the match because of the security situation in Libya.

“It is not too safe to take the national [football] team to Tripoli, Libya on grounds that CAF and FIFAhave not cleared Libya of safety [to play matches at home]. As you may be aware, Libya didn’t play her World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches in Libya.

“They played it in Tunisia. And because of that, we don’t want to risk [the safety of] our team. We have informed the LFA that the government of Liberia is not in support of the LFA carrying the national team to Libya for any test match. We trust that Mr. Bility will act in keeping with the letter that was sent to him,” Yonton explained on January 19.

Libya have not played any international match at home since a 2-0 victory over Togo in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at the June 11 Stadium in Tripoli, which was watched by 40,000 persons, on June 14, 2013. 

But the match was moved from the Martyrs of February Stadium, Benina to Tripoli following security incidents in Benghazi.

Libya’s 2013 Afcon qualifier with Algeria on September 9, 2012 was ordered by CAF to be played in Morocco due to the political situation and has used Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt as home venues.  

Football is the most popular sport in Libya but the football federation was only able to hold a mini league in 2016 from May to August, two years after the civil war, preceded by political unrest, began. 

In his briefing to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on September 13, 2016, the secretary-general’s special representative for Libya said the political divisions underpinning the conflict are deepening although political space has opened and there is progress in the fight against terrorism.

Drawing attention to the challenging security situation, further illustrated by the most recent violence in the Oil Crescent area, Martin Kobler called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to prevent any damage to the important oil industry – its only source of income.

“Libyan natural resources belong to all Libyans. They must be protected and exported legally under the authority of the Presidency Council (PC).

Otherwise, Libya’s citizens will pay the price,” said Kobler, who heads the UN Stabilization Mission to Libya (UNSMIL).

It has been tasked by the UNSC to support the political process through mediation and good offices, conduct human rights monitoring and reporting, support key institutions and efforts to secure uncontrolled arms, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, and coordination of international assistance.

Libya Football Federation (LFF) and its clubs have been desperately trying to convince CAF and FIFAthat it is safe to play football in Libya.

Al-Ahli Tripoli Football Club said it had received a preliminary approval from CAF to lift the ban on the Tripoli Stadium for the 2017 Champions League.

CAF’s approval came after a bundle of measures were taken by Al-Ahli in late December in a bid to get the ban on Libyan stadiums lifted to play home matches.

And Ghana’s Aduana Stars landed in Tripoli for an international friendly against Al Ahli on January 20, having left Accra on January 18 via a Royal Air Maroc flight and had to transit in Casablanca.

CAF should have sent a special delegation to check on the general status and security during the friendly in order to determine the fate of the ban.

This may have delighted the LFF, which had initially arranged the friendly with Liberia on December 28, 2016 but the government saw it from an acute angle, which annoyed the LFA.

“We respect their decision but I believe it wasn’t properly scrutinized. Currently Danesius, three top Ghanaian clubs are doing pre-season in Tripoli.

One of them should have played yesterday [January 19], including Asante Kotoko. So football is being played in Libya. Unfortunately, Liberia will not participate now,” said a disappointed LFA vice President Musa Shannon.

Kotoko canceled their trip to Libya due to “communications breakdown from the agent who was facilitating the process,” operations director Ernest Owusu Ansah told asantekotokosc.com on January 20.

According to Shannon, there is nowhere on Earth that is safe and Liberia should empathize with countries having instability.

“Liberia was at war for 14 years and we played numerous international matches when fighting was taking place at Po River [in Bomi County]. I was part of a national team that traveled to Congo-Brazzaville when they were at war.

"We traveled to Sierra Leone when they were at war. And we traveled to Sudan when they were at war.

“The government of Liberia felt it necessary to put my life at risk at that particular point in time during a qualifying match.

Libya is not the perfect environment; I agreed. However, football transcends that. And football is the reason why people wake-up in the morning and feel like their lives have hope.

“I think it is unfair. If there is a legitimate threat against the Liberian national team that has been verified by security professionals, we will respect that but the information received from the Ministry of Youth and Sports is that they are following social media.

“It would have been okayed with us if the information [to cancel the game] had come from the NSA [National Security Agency], Liberian defense department or Liberian personnel in Morocco, who are covering Libya. But Danesius, where in this world is safe?

I was almost bombed in Brussels, [Belgium]. I was landing on a flight that was arriving at Brussels airport,” argued Shannon.

The former Liberia international, who won 14 caps, also argued that Liberia have been to trouble spots to play football, including a 0-1 defeat to Yemen in Sana’a on November 17, 2010 and a 1-0 victory over Iraq in Baghdad on May 27, 2013.     

But the game in Baghdad increased the levels of blood pressure of families and friends following two bomb explosions near the stadium, leaving James Salinsa Debbah, who was a critic of the LFA but is now a praise singer, to take to Facebook. 

“Why Bagdad? Why not played the game at a neutral ground? Let say another country. Why choose a region where warfare is prevalent?

Oh I see! It’s all about the US$200,000 that will be given to the Lone Star by the Iraqi Football Federation that is more important, not the lives of the players.

“Why put our players in harm’s way for some money that they will not get?

This friendly encounter is intended as a preparation match for our scheduled World Cup qualifier match against the Cranes of Uganda,” Debbah wrote on May 27, 2013.

Four years later, Debbah was hoping to make the same perilous journey he critiqued by summoning 18 local players to a training session at the uncompleted George Weah technical center in Caresburg, Montserrado County.

 
Published in Lonestar News
 
 
 
By Christopher C Walker
 
Barrack Young Controllers have appointed former National team and BYC  goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman as President of BYC-II replacing Mark Tweh on a permanent basis. 
 
In addition, the former shot stopper has  also been promoted to a newly created post of Vice-President for Administration of BYC Football Inc.
 
According to the Club release Sherman will report directly to the President of BYC Football Inc Sekou “Ayatollah” Konneh.
 
Sherman  got injured while on national team duty in preparation for Tunisia game at home and damage his eyes which ended his playing career.
 
He was instrumental in BYC winning the 2016 First Division Championship by his motivational words to his teammates.
 
The club said “System,” as Sherman is called, brings not only his enormous wealth of football knowledge, administrative skills, but his depth touch of player’s personnel relationship/management. 
 
BYC noted that Sherman will be responsible for recruitment of players, contracts, and player’s personnel management.   
 
But the technical staff will continue to report to Sekou Konneh, now via Nathaniel Sherman.  The medical team will directly report to Sherman the released stated.
 
In addition to Sherman BYC has also announced that Anthony Y. Beh will now serve in a newly created post of Deputy Director of Football Operations. 
 
Beh who is a former President of the feeder Team BYC-II will be responsible for management of relationship between BYC Football and the Liberian Football Association (LFA).
 
 
In addition , Beh’s job will also include, management of BYC Football relationship with all other LFA club members, coordinate all aspects of logistics, equipment management, including boots, uniforms, and trophies.
 
The Board, Chairman/CEO have welcome the needed expansion of BYC’s management team.  
 
 BYC CEO Robert Sirleaf said “With this, the club’s management, can focus more on expanding the institution internationally, including sponsorship, player transferee in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.”
 
Mr. Sirleaf noted that Barrack Young Controller (BYC Football) organization vision is to build a world class football team that develops the well-being of players domestically as well as providing them opportunities for international contacts, for future opportunities.
 
“Our mission is to promote a positive and competitive football environment/experience for all players, who have the talents, skills, and are committed to taking these attributes to the World stage” the BYC CEO noted.
 
 Accepting his new position Nathaniel Sherman called on players of the team to see his ascendency as a motivation for them.
 
Sherman noted “I will do my very best  to be a very good president, so we need to work as a team to achieve,”
 
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