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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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BY ‎T Kla Wesley Jr.‎

 

Liberia's representative in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup, Monrovia Club Breweries will today depart the country for the North African state of Algeria to honor the return leg of preliminary qualifying round.

The 2016-17 LFA Second Division championing won the first 3-0 and will have to defend their lead on Sunday, Feb 19 when they meet JS Kabylie if they are to go through to the next round.

The team departs the country at 11: 40 AM with a 26-man delegation headed by Keitrace FC president, Beatrice Korpo Kpoto. Breweries will land in Ghana where they will transit for 8 hours before a six hour flight to Turkey. The team will depart from Turkey for Algeria on the 18th of February, a day before the encounter.

Full list of the delegation.
1. Beatrice Korpo Kpoto-Head of Delegation
2. David Zorwah- Club President
3. FRANCIS Sarmujeabo Sarploh - Head Coach
4. Julius Gerald Taplah - Deputy coach
5. Reo Testimony Nyanti - Trainer
6. James W.K. Vincent -Team Doctor
7. Eric Panton - Administrative Manager
8. T. Kla Wesley Jr- Journalists
9.Marvin Blapoh - Player
10. Raymond Franciah - Player
11. Prince Balde - Player
12. Melvin Jackson - Player
13. Abdulai Koulibaly - Player
14. Daniel Swenwetee - Player
15. Lumuba Panton- Player
16. George Weah - Player
17. Benjamin Sackor - Player
18. James Konuwa - Player
19. Theo Nimely - Player
20. Samuel Boe - Player
21. Adama Swaray - Player
22. Festus Blapoh - Player
23. Curtis Koon - Player
24. Mulbah Mitis - Player
25. Ramson Gee- Player
26. Nicholas Andrew - Player

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By: Omari Jackson

Barrack Young Controllers’ President Sekou Konneh was apparently speaking his heart out when he told journalists before his side’s narrow victory against Stade Malien of Mali in the CAF Championship League encounter last Sunday that he has a different approach to continental engagements.

This answer came following the team’s poor league performances in four matches, where they have collected four points and suffered two defeats.

Despite President Konneh’s optimism, his boys managed a narrow 1-0 victory, courtesy of a penalty award. Now the team has arrived in Bamako and will be clashing against their opponents on Sunday.

Playing in their own backyard, the Malians may explore some opportunities in their favor. How would BYC defend against any challenges? Perhaps events in the first leg could be enough to get an idea of what might happen on Sunday.

Reports at the game indicated that contrary to the position of President Konneh about the team’s different performance against outsiders, his side has a loose midfield, and there was not an efficient distributor to push his men upfront.

Playing at home, a day after locals Monrovia Club Breweries had disgraced Algerian champions JS Kabylie 3-0, there was enormous pressure on BYC to produce more goals.

Unable to regain their smashing form, BYC simply played along, struggling to stamp their authority on the match. Even on the penalty award that gave them the 1-0 victory, many did not think the match deserved to be won by that.

“Winning 1-0 indicates that BYC will have a lot of work to do to avoid their opponents scoring two goals against them,” said a Go Blue Boys (BYC) fan.

Technical director Thomas Kojo of Lone Star fame told OK FM Sunday program recently that his boys were prepared for the Algerians but a narrow result, coupled with a game that did not bring the best in the boys at home lives much to be considered.

True, every game has its own challenges and surprises and it is possible that even the Malians may not be able to show their supremacy at home, though no one can bet on that.

It is possible that Stade Malien may be good at home and trailing 1-0, they may be invigorated to do their best. But Coach Josiah Johnson, the man who coached the national soccer team for 15 years, is the genius who coined the consolation phrase: “Football is like biscuit,” meaning that when you intend to break it on a certain line, it unexpectedly breaks elsewhere else.

What about that philosophy for the BYC versus Stade Malien return-leg match?

Now comes the big one. I am talking about the incredible performance of Monrovia Club Breweries over JS Kabylie of Algeria in the CAF Confederation Cup assignment.

The Algerian champions fell 3-0; an incredible score that Coach Samuel Saploh was moved to confess was a surprise.

Playing the return leg on Sunday in Algeria, the Liberian side is prepared to play against any attempt by the Algerians to dream about scoring an incredible score of 4-0 with their aged players against young and skillful players that made them run out of gas after the first half in Monrovia, and exposed their weakness that led to their horrible defeat.

Published in LFA League
 

 

 
By: Omari Jackson

Barrack Young Controllers’ President Sekou Konneh was apparently speaking his heart out when he told journalists before his side’s narrow victory against Stade Malien of Mali in the CAF Championship League encounter last Sunday that he has a different approach to continental engagements.

This answer came following the team’s poor league performances in four matches, where they have collected four points and suffered two defeats.

Despite President Konneh’s optimism, his boys managed a narrow 1-0 victory, courtesy of a penalty award. Now the team has arrived in Bamako and will be clashing against their opponents on Sunday.

Playing in their own backyard, the Malians may explore some opportunities in their favor. How would BYC defend against any challenges? Perhaps events in the first leg could be enough to get an idea of what might happen on Sunday.

Reports at the game indicated that contrary to the position of President Konneh about the team’s different performance against outsiders, his side has a loose midfield, and there was not an efficient distributor to push his men upfront.

Playing at home, a day after locals Monrovia Club Breweries had disgraced Algerian champions JS Kabylie 3-0, there was enormous pressure on BYC to produce more goals.

Unable to regain their smashing form, BYC simply played along, struggling to stamp their authority on the match. Even on the penalty award that gave them the 1-0 victory, many did not think the match deserved to be won by that.

“Winning 1-0 indicates that BYC will have a lot of work to do to avoid their opponents scoring two goals against them,” said a Go Blue Boys (BYC) fan.

Technical director Thomas Kojo of Lone Star fame told OK FM Sunday program recently that his boys were prepared for the Algerians but a narrow result, coupled with a game that did not bring the best in the boys at home lives much to be considered.

True, every game has its own challenges and surprises and it is possible that even the Malians may not be able to show their supremacy at home, though no one can bet on that.

It is possible that Stade Malien may be good at home and trailing 1-0, they may be invigorated to do their best. But Coach Josiah Johnson, the man who coached the national soccer team for 15 years, is the genius who coined the consolation phrase: “Football is like biscuit,” meaning that when you intend to break it on a certain line, it unexpectedly breaks elsewhere else.

What about that philosophy for the BYC versus Stade Malien return-leg match?

Now comes the big one. I am talking about the incredible performance of Monrovia Club Breweries over JS Kabylie of Algeria in the CAF Confederation Cup assignment.

The Algerian champions fell 3-0; an incredible score that Coach Samuel Saploh was moved to confess was a surprise.

Playing the return leg on Sunday in Algeria, the Liberian side is prepared to play against any attempt by the Algerians to dream about scoring an incredible score of 4-0 with their aged players against young and skillful players that made them run out of gas after the first half in Monrovia, and exposed their weakness that led to their horrible defeat.

Published in LFA League
Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:13

Stade Malien Apologize to BYC

By Christopher C Walker
 
The Malian FA and Stade Malien were forced to apologized yesterday for poor sportsmanship to Liberia’s Champions Barrack Young Controllers after abandoning the team at the airport in Bamako Mali.

The Liberian Champions had to charter taxi to take them to their hotel after they arrived in Bamako as no one from Stade Malien or the Malian FA came to welcome BYC for the second leg of the CAF champions’ league clash with Stade Malien.

BYC defeated Stade Malien de Bamako 1-0 in Monrovia during the first leg.

The Malian FA and their Champions Stade Malien de Bamako were informed of the Liberian team delegation arrival date and time in Mali by officials of both the Liberian Champions and LFA.

BYC had to wait at the airport for over one hour thirty minutes but later opted to take taxi to the Mande hotel where they are in camp.
 
According to CAF rules all home teams are responsible for internal transportation of visiting teams something the Malian champions  failed to do up to present.
 
The Liberian Champions however wrote the Liberia Football Association complaining stade Malien about such poor treatment they  are getting, the LFA communicated to  CAF   about the situation and CAF has step in to bring the poor sportsmanship from the Malian FA under control.
 
After the intervention of both the Liberia Football Association and the Confederation of African Football the Malian FA extended  apology to BYC  for their action.
 
The FA of Mali  late Wednesday communicated  to CAF and the LFA apologizing  for their action something they said was not intentional.
 
The Malian FA said miscommunication was the cause of what happen but promise  not  to repeat such.
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                                              Morning training session at the Hotel.    BYC preparation working well.
 
 
They did not state where the miscommunication came from but said breakdown in communication was responsible for the unfortunate situation.
 
They have however promised to offer good treatment to the Liberian team and said  everything will be put in place in arranging all requirements as per CAF rules   to  BYC  including providing two cars  for used by the  team, a phone and arranging practice pitch for their visitors.
 
Speaking about the treatment of the Liberian Champions its Vice President Nathaniel Sherman accepted the apology by the Malian.
 
Meanwhile BYC had their first training session on yesterday at a rented facility in Mali.
Published in LFA League
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:21

Disappointed Paye-BYC are not there yet


By Boy Dolo


The ‘Barrack Boys’ defeated Stade Malien 1-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League qualifiers on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) , but the striker is not convince by the result.


Barrack Young Controller (BYC) lead striker Mark Paye has expressed disappointment in his side failure to score more than one goal in the encounter and believes the return leg will be a real battle.


Paye who missed the most glamorous chance for BYC in the encounter is however of a strong conviction that they can still turn the leaf around in Bamako.


“Even though we won, but I think the result is very bad for us. In this competition goal is very important, 1-0 put us in a real battle.


We have to defense well and attack well in the second leg. I mean stop the hosts from scoring and at the sometime try to score which is not an easy task,” the LFA First Division League Most Valuable Player added.


He continued: Stade Malien is an experience team which has most of its players playing for the Malian home based team, so we will have to fight to the letter.


The striker said his first half miss did not play on him, but rather gave him more courage as he went on to create the penalty.


“I knew very well that was not the goal time. I really tried to score. I did everything I could to control the ball, but it did not go in. I felt bad, but I had to put that behind me and keep fighting,” he said.


The muscular forward collected a wonderful pass from strike-mate Van-Dave Harmon and had only goalkeeper Djigui Diarra to beat pass, but the BYC’s marksman hastily placed the ball an inch off the net leaving spectators including Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf piercing for goal.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:37

BYC abandon by Stade Malien

BY Christopher C Walker
 
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Liberia’ CAF Champion League representative Barrack Young Controllers have been abandon by their host Stade Malien de Bamako.

The Liberian Champions early Wednesday morning arrived in Bamako Mali to honor their Champions league second leg match with Stade Malien de Bamako ,but to the surprise of the BYC delegation that comprise of 23 players 15 officials and the head of delegation Keatu Smith, no one from the Malian FA or Stade Malien de Bamako was at the airport to received BYC.

BYC touch down at Bamako airport at 1:30 am and spend over one hour thirty minutes at the airport waiting for their hosts to take them to their hotel but the Malian FA and Stade Malien did not show up forcing BYC officials to hurriedly arrange for taxis to take the entire 39 men delegation to their hotel as eight taxis es were charter.
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BYC Vice president Nathaniel Sherman said upon Stade Malien departure from Liberia on Monday February 13,2017 they were informed about the Liberian Champions date and time of arrival in Mali.

“They assured us that they were going to come and picked us up at the airport but I am surprised they did not show up” the BYC vice president.

“We are not totally surprise of this because this is African football may be they want to play mind game on our players but they are built mentality for this kind of situation” the former goalkeeper turn administrator noted.

For his part BYC administrative Manger Albert Sarweah disclosed that the head of delegation of Stade Malien promise to return the hospitality showed by BYC to them in Monrovia at the technical meeting before the first leg.The Liberia Football Association have been informed about the current situation in Mali with BYC,something the LFA promised to report to the parent body of African Football CAF.

The Go Blue Boys defeated Stade Malien 1-0 in Monrovia so a draw or win for the three times Liberian champions will see them progress to the second preliminary rounds of the champions league. 
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Meanwhile the team is in high sprit for the game that will be play on Sunday instill of Friday.

BYC first practice session is expected to be this afternoon at a rented stadium.
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:22

FA Hails BYC and Breweries

BY LFA Press

WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2017: The Liberia Football Association has commended Liberia’s representatives to this year’s CAF Club Competitions for the show of brilliance last weekend.

The LFA in a release said the victories by the two clubs were a testament of the growth football was experiencing on the local scene.

The release said the LFA was also excited that its technical support to the clubs landed of fertile grounds.

LFA President Musa Hassan Bility is excited by the performances of the two clubs and hopes they could advance to the next round of the competition as they depart for their respective away matches.

The LFA President commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberian public for the moral and financial support to the local clubs.

Liberia’s two representatives on the weekend of February 10 to 12, 2017 recoded back to back home wins for the first time in recent continental club football history.

Monrovia Club Breweries and league champions Barrack Young Controllers were winners in the first leg preliminary rounds match of their respective CAF Club Competitions.

Breweries beat Algeria’s JS Kabylie 3-0 while BYC pinned Mali’s Stade Malien 1-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Barrack Young Controllers is playing in the Total CAF Champions’ league while Monrovia Club Breweries is featuring in the CAF Confederation Cup

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:10

BYC departs for Mali

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By Christopher C Walker
 
Barrack Young Controllers labored to a 1-0 CAF Champions League victory over Malian Champions Stade Malien at home (ATS) in Central Monrovia, as Prince Kennedy score from the penalty spot in the second half to cap three points for the hosts.

BYC struggled to create clear-cut chances against their well-organized defensive minded opponents, but did come agonizingly close to taking the lead after 25 minutes when Van-Dave Harmon set up Mark Paye; the striker’s effort sailed inches off the goal post.

It was the visitors who mustered the first real threat of the afternoon after only five minutes; when N’tji Samake shot was saved by Allenton Sembeh, who was on “holiday” for much of the match, having to make only two real saves.

Van-Dave Harmon shot went wild 8 minutes into the match before Harmon’s afforded BYC the first corner kick of the match; it was not utilized by the attackers of BYC.

The visitors created another flicker of danger as Idrissa Sogodogo crossed threateningly forced Prince Kennedy into defensive action as he intercepted, to clear the dangers from the home side.

The ‘Go Blue Boys” struggled to inject any real pace into their play, with manager Copper Sannah frustrated on the touchline as David Tweh drive crashed off a defender as the half-hour approached. Prince Kennedy just failed to deliver decent crosses for his front men. The home side tried to up the pace as the half drew towards a close at a muted BYC normal style of play with their interchanging player, with Junior Barshall blasting a wild 25-yard shot.

24 minutes=Paye wasted a free-kick above the wall of Stade Malien up in the blue sky.

36 minute-Samake was booked for a foul on Hilton Varney as his teammate Songne Yacouba was yellow carded for un-sportsmanship.

Stade Malien were grateful to end the first half goalless with the possession of the ball by the home team as David Tweh was a constant threat to the Malian throughout the match.

Back from the break BYC added more intensity to their game in getting a goal but was restricted to play the ball around, as the very physical Stade Malien players defended well.

Moussa Kone was yellow carded for a dangerous foul on Prince Kennedy after he was advice on several occasions by Central referee Raymond Coker of Sierra Leone.

50 minutes-Samake was set-up by Mussa Coulibaly but the striker shot hit the cross bar, then bounced dangerously off the goal line, as the home fans held their breath.

BYC made their first substitution as Junior Barshall came off for the skillful Sporo Somah who presence increase the attacking pace of BYC.

David Tweh was fouled outside the box as referee Coker sounded for a free kick to the home side, the Malian was relieved after Paye’s free kick was tip of the post by the goal keeper for a corner.

Kemoh Kamara received the home side only yellow card booking for a clumsy challenge on Sekou Gassama.

Goalkeeper Allenton Sembeh made his first save of the second half when he punched away striker Mahamadou Diallo curling shot.

Sannah brought in Ketu Jerbo in place of Sylvanus Morris, and within moments he was involved in the match with skillful play down the left flank.

Van-Dave curling effort from edge of the area was easily blocked; Somah’s cross shot from the same side, went straight at the goalkeeper.

83 minutes-Mark Paye found space in the center after a skillful pass by captain Van-Dave Harmon; pulled the ball back towards Stade Malian’s keeper before he was fouled in the box as referee Raymon Coker pointed to the penalty spot for a penalty.

Prince Kennedy converted sending the goal keeper in the opposite direction.

Sannah brought Francis Jallabah in for the injured Paye as his side saw out the final 9 minutes, with few alarms to seal their first win in this season's CAF competition.

Yacouba Songne was red carded while after been substituted as he protested the penalty from the bench.

At the post-match press conference BYC coach Sannah said his team had a tough match from their West African counterparts; but the result was important to them going into the second leg.

Sannah- “we are hopeful of a good game in Mali a week later because we are going to planned for it.”

He noted that his players performed to his expectation because they had to defend to attack something that is not their normal style of play.

For his part, Stade Malien coach Mamoutou Kane said he is disappointed with the result because they simply lost.

Kane- “we have to fight hard if they are to reach the next round of the Champions league. This team is great with lots of talented players so we will have to be careful at home to not concede.”
 
 
 
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