Liberian Football Champions BYC fought visiting Malian Football Champions Stade Malien de Bamako to a 1-0 win in the first leg of the African Champion League Preliminary at the aged old Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in central Monrovia.
Right Back Prince Kennedy scored the lone goal in the 87th minute when he converted a penalty after Mark Paye had been brought down by the Malian keeper.
The two teams showed great skills but could not create lots of goal scoring chances.
Mark Paye failed to put BYC in front in the 36th minute when he received a beautiful connection from captain, Van Dave Harmon in a counter attack.
Paye had only the keeper to beat on that occasion, but throw his effort off target.
Before the penalty, Aboubacar Diarra had the chance to give the visitors the lead when he overpowered the central defense of BYC, but his strike which beat goalkeeper Allenton Sembeh landed on the top post at his disbelief.
Dave Harmon clever pass in the 86th minute found its way through to Mark Paye who try beating the on rushing keeper, but the keeper brought him down for a penalty which was beautifully taken by left back Prince Kennedy.
With only holding midfielders available for Coach Cooper Sannor, BYC fielded three, but things did not go on as planned.
Passing Midfielder, Benjamin Gbemy did not feature due to a 90 days suspension handed him by the club, just five days to the game.
Gbemy will not be in Mali for the return leg, are two other central midfielders who are nursing injury.
BYC who have targeted reaching the group stage as their key focus this season need to avoid defeat in the return leg next weekend.
BY Kolubah Zayzay
Liberian Football fans were made proud Friday when Liberia Football Association Cup (Liberian FA Cup) Winners, Monrovia Club Breweries whipped the most successful football club in Algeria, Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie or JS Kabylie 3-0 at an empty Antoinette Tubman Stadium in central Monrovia.
All three goals came in the second half, the first two, goalkeeping errors.
The game was the first leg in the preliminary round of the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup between the Liberian Cup winners and Algerian giants, JS Kabylie who finished in third spot in the last Algerian top league.
Club Breweries, who has had tough time in the 2016/17 football season in Liberia, began the match on a promising note, becoming the first side to test the visiting goalkeeper.
George Weah, (not Liberia’s soccer legend) should have put the home side ahead in just three minute when Mitis Mulbah shot on goal was deflected into his path. His head-up was too weak for Kabylie Goalkeeper Asselah Malek who tipped the ball over the bar for a corner.
The Algerians seeing that they had height and mass advantage over the Liberians deployed physic in the game which helped them create several goal chances.
Club Breweries keeper Abdulai Koulibaly kept the home side in the game denying the visitors on two occasions.
Koulibaly beautifully save Adel Djarrar 22 yard efforts in the 20th minute, but gave the ball away to Mohamed Boulaouidet whose shot went off target.
Aiboud Samir came close four minutes later in giving the visitors the lead, but the young Abdulai Koulibaly had a tip on the shot which change the direction of the ball, hitting the post, before landing in his hands for safety.
Kabylie players out weighed the Liberian players off the ball on many occasions, but could not find a goal.
Theo Nimely and Nicholas Andrew’s introduction in the second half paid off well for the Breweries who controlled the proceedings with skills and pace.
The home side got the breakthrough in the 58th minute when Kabylie Goalkeeper Asselah Malek’s error allowed Mitis Mulbah to roll the ball in an empty net after the keeper came off his line and missed the ball.
Kabylie tried in vain to find an equalizer, but the Breweries boys got inspiration to win from that Mitis’s 58th minute goal.
Another Asselah’s error saw Breweries increase their lead to 2-0 in the 80th minute when the Algerian Nation Cup Keeper dribbling skill let him down in the eighteen box when he attempted dribbling Benjamin Sarkor. Sarkor won the ball and strike in the Breweries’ second goal.
Nicholas Andrew added the third in the 90th minute to record the biggest win for a Liberian clubs in the Caf club competitions.
Liberian Clubs have not had good showing in Caf club competitions, as they always struggled to past the second round of the preliminaries or reach the group stage.
Monrovia Club Breweries is one of the oldest teams in Liberia, but they are struggle in playing in the Liberian league due to financial constraints.
The Club bear the name of Monrovia Breweries, the biggest producer of Club Beer in Liberia, but the players are not on the company’s salary roaster.
The Club was established in the 80s by employees of the company, but since the war years, the support from the employees appeared to have vanished.
Coach Francis Sarploh a chemist at the company is, the head of the club’s technical setup. He is assisted by his good friend Jeroy Julius. Together, they appeal to the players to play for the club to develop their talents.
Monrovia Club Breweries will travel to Algeria in two weeks’ time for the return leg with their heads high as they are confident that they cannot lose 4-0 to the Algerians who have won 14 domestic titles and six Caf titles.
The Breweries are yet to win the Liberian top division League.
By Boy Dolo
The local alcoholic beverage supported Club will mark their first international competition appearance this Friday against Algerian Giants JS Kabylie at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia.
Monrovia Club Breweries will for the first time participate in an international competition when they face the Algerian in the first round of preliminaries of the CAF Confederation Cup at the ATS.
The Islanders made history last season on the local scene, clinching three trophies in 2016. The Bushrod Island-based Club won the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Second Division Championship and Knockout Championship as well as the Super Cup.
The Club has been preparing for the showpiece and officials have called on the sporting public to to put aside the fear of the challenge to face one of the biggest Clubs on the continent.
Breweries are currently seated at sixth place on the local league table with 11 points from seven matches. They have scored seven times and conceded five times so far.
Apart from the financial saddle the club is said to be faced with ahead of the match, Breweries is a complete youth team with 95 percent of its current squad hasn’t had international experience.
Only defender Raymond Fanciah, skipper Melvin Blapoh and goalkeeper Abdullai Kulubaly had had outside experience with the U23 and U20 National Teams.
But former Head Coach now Team’s Technical Director Francis Sarploh said although his team is young and probably inexperience, they have got the mentality to compete at the higher level.
Breweries became a breeding ground for young players under the nationally recognized Chemist (Sarploh ) as the current squad only has one old-hand in Blidi Jackson.
Midfielder Curtis Koon who netted 13 goals for the team in the second division, in a recent interview backed his Technical Director’s assertion, noting their aggressive approach to matches has made them much more different from other teams in Liberia, believing that will be the pillar in their historic journey.
Monrovia Club Breweries was founded by workers of Monrovia Breweries Incorporated, producer of Club Beer in Liberia in 1975.
The aim was to keep the workers together, but in 1985, the workers decided to turn the club to the youth and it was registered in the New Kru Town Sub-Committee as a third division team in the same year.
In 1993, Breweries qualified to the Third Division Play-off and moved to the second Division. The Club won the LFA Knockout Trophy in 1994 defeating LPRC Oilers in the final.
Breweries have been a topflight team in Liberia since 1994 before it was relegated from the top league in 2015. The team returned last season following a magnificent performance in Second Division clinching the Division Championship and Knockout Cup.
Former Lone Star Administrative Manager Sebastian Collins,Morris Porte, Ben Nimely , Isaac Popu, as well as Teah Dennis, Murphy Ocsar Dorley, Michael MacCaulay, and Sylvanus Nimely are the Club’s noticeable players in history.
Although the likes of Collins, Nimely and Porte have retired, but Sylvanus, Dorley, and Dennis are among some of the best cream of players Liberia can boost of currently.
Breweries’s Opponents JS Kabylie
JS Kabylie are returning to international football after six years absence from the African scene.
The Club has not made the CAF competition as a priority according to reports in the Algerian Media as they are fighting to escape relegation.JKS are 12th place on the 16 teams table with 17 points after 17 games.
JS Kabylie is the most successful club in Algeria, having won the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 title a record 14 times and the Algerian Cup 5 times.
The club has also won six African titles, winning the CAF Champions League twice, the African Cup Winners' Cup once and the CAF Cup three times.
Kabylie are also in Monrovia without a head coach after the recent dismissal of Tunisian Sofiene Hidouss. Reports say the Club the management has appointed the deputy of Hidoussito stir the affairs in Monrovia.
The Kabyle delegation, headed by leader Nassim Benabderahmane, arrived on the Liberian territorial bound on Thursday Morning in preparation for the match. Only one training session is planned on the spot, Thursday at the end of the day, before facing the Liberian Knockout Champions (Monrovia Club Breweries FC) on Friday at the ATS. The return trip is scheduled for two weeks time.
Guinean Central Referee Baba Leno will take charge and will be aided by Abdoulaye Sylla assistant one and Mustapha Toure assistant two
BY Kolubah Zayzay
Liberia Football Association President (LFA) Musa Bility has being qualified to contest an executive committee seat in next month’s Confederation of African Football (Caf) elections.
Mr. Bility failed in his attempt to contest for a Caf Executive Committee seat four years ago, and was in 2015 denied by Fifa Adhoc electoral committee from contesting for the Fifa Presidency, but Caf electoral committee has cleared him along with seventeen other candidates to contest the executive committee seats this time around.
Musa Bility is wants to represent the West African Zone A at the caf Executive Committee.
Mr. Bility will challenge incumbent Executive Committee Member, Amadou Diakite of Mali for the West African Zone A seat at the Caf EC when the election takes place in March.
At a news conference Wednesday, Mr. Bility said he has done all it takes to win the seat this time around.
He said he has held series of consultations with Stakeholders on the continent to vote him to the Caf Executive Committee.
“We hope we have done enough to gain the confidence of our colleagues on the continent to give us the opportunity to serve at the confederation of African Football (Caf)” said the Libreian FA Boss.
At the same time, the LFA Boss says the Local Football House and the Youth and Sports Ministry are collaborating in the upkeep of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
He said Football is run by the LFA, as such it will work with the Sports Ministry in managing the ATS.
The LFA President also disclosed that Fifa has approved the construction of the Liberian Football headquarters.
He said the construction of the LFA headquarters will begin in earnest.
By: Anthony Kokoi
The head coach of Mighty Barrolle, Tyrance Dixon, has revealed that his players are not responsible for the difficulties being experienced by the team in the ongoing national league.
According to Coach Dixon, the lack of financial and logistical support to the team is the contributing factor to the team’s underperformance.
The Rollers, since the start of the league season, have only managed to secure a win in their encounter against league champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC-1) out of seven matches, and are currently second from bottom on the first division league table.
“Lack of finance for the team is the major problem; we do not have the financial and logistical support that we deserve. As a result, my players and I sacrifice our own resources to go for training sessions and matches,” Coach Dixon revealed.
He said the team does not have training kits and only has three footballs for practice sessions that were provided by a strong supporter of Barrolle, Isaac Yeah.
The 48 year-old said it is unfortunate that other supporters who are not knowledgeable about constraints that he and his players are faced with, always want good results at the end of a match without contributing anything to the team.
Dixon, a former technical staff of New Hope FC, said his players always play under the fear of sustaining injuries, because they do not have any backup.
“The players sometimes become afraid to play because the team’s leadership cannot even pay their regular transportation. What becomes of a player if he sustains an injury?”
Dixon, who was officially appointed as head coach for the “Kayan Pepper Boys” on December 19, 2016, noted that he is managing the team in the midst of these challenges while looking at the ‘bigger picture’ as the team is one of Liberia’s biggest football clubs.
He, however, disclosed that supporters of the team in the Diaspora have launched a program “Making Barrolle Great Again” to provide logistical support and rest for the team to reclaim their precious status in Liberian football.
“BYC, FC Fassel and others clubs are not playing anything extra that Barrolle players cannot do. Barrolle players only need the motivation and financial support from the team’s leadership and ordinary supporters,” he said.
Supporters will be watching to see if the team will secure a win or draw when they take on league leaders FC Fassel on Sunday, February 12, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
BY Christopher C Walker
BYC-I Football Captain Van-Dave Harmon (VDH) says BYC’s last experience will prepare the Liberian champions for a battle against Stade Malien at home on Sunday at 3:30PM.
The “Go Blue Boys” are in a tricky Champions League on the back of a disappointing home defeat to Fassell FC in the Liberian Football Association First Division League and mindful of how difficult their Malien counterparts will be against the Liberian Champions.
However, Van-Dave expects the home fans to generate “lots of noise” for BYC to claim a prized scalp of Mali.
"We know, as we've played in the Champions League before that it will be a difficult game with a good atmosphere on Sunday afternoon" the skipper told BYC Football official Facebook Page, recalling “The Blues” Champions League win of Kotoko in 2013.
VDH-I'm sure they will be really up for it with their achievement and we will be up for this game, it’s important as we've experienced these games.”
VDH- “The players who joined us this year and have not played in the CAF Champions League will have to Know that an international tie like this is more of a battle than a football game.” He continued-we have to be ready for that and be ready for a tough game as the competition is full of surprises.”
VDH-"Stade Malien has nothing to lose away. No-one is expecting them to win us here and they will try to cause an upset against us.
VDH- “We know that and have to be ready for that. It will be a difficult game for us, so we have to be ready to battle and win the battle.”
By Roland Mulbah
The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Hassan Bility will hold a major press conference today at 2:00P.M at the headquarters of the LFA on Benson Street.
After returning from the finals of the 2017Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, the president is expected to talk on wide range of football issues both local and international.
The president will speak on the latest development that the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, has reached a decision to nullify a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the LFA to reclaim the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The president will also speak on the ongoing National League, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier where Liberia is paired with Congo, Congo DR and Zimbabwe as well as speak on the completion of the George Weah Technical Center and other issues.
There are reports also that the LFA boss will give special commendation to members of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) for their tireless immense coverage of the LFA National League as well as all LFA activities.
BY Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
Report emanating from the Antoinette Tubman Stadium has it that, a three-man high power Ministry of Youth and Sports delegation led by Assistant Sports Minister, Murvee Gray and some members of the General Service Agency were denied entry into the stadium.
Members of the delegation had gone at the ATS under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) to inspect the condition of the stadium and onward do some maintenance works ahead of Monrovia Club Breweries and Barrack Young Controller international fixture this weekend.
Due to poor management by the LFA, Government has reached a decision to nullify a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to reclaim the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The MOU was signed on July 15, 2010, permitting the LFA to manage, control and operate the ATS, which is owned by the government.
By Christopher C Walker
The West African Football Union (WAFU) have invited the Champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers(BYC-I) to a four team Inter-Club tournament in (Dakar) Senegal from March 30-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. FOX Sports is a giant United States (Los Angeles) TV network with a massive worldwide audience.
The Media group is the official sponsor of WAFU after signing a sponsorship deal with the West African Football parent body.
Teams that are Invited to the Inaugural tournament are Ghana-Wa All Stars, Ivory Coast-AS Tanda, Liberia-Barrack Young Controller, Senegal-US Gorée (Dakar)
The Tournament should have taken place on December 8-10 2017 but was postponed by WAFU due to a conflicting date with a religious festival in Senegal.
The tournament’s aimed at Celebrating its Zone A long-term sponsorship agreement between WAFU and FOX Networks Group (FNG).
It is confirmed that CAF President Issa Hayatou will attend the event and rumored FIFA President Gianni Infantino will also be in Dakar for the week long football activities.
One may also assume because of the prestige associated with the tournament, major team scouts from Europe will be in hand to see talent first hand.
The communitcation from WAFU states that the orginizers will shourlder transportation and hotel accomodation for all of the teams, but for only a 25 men delegation.
According to the Invitation from WAFU In the coming days, a Camera crew from FOX TV will be send to Monrovia to film and profile BYC for advertisements of the Tournament
BYC who are the champions of Liberia on Januray 29, 2017 defeated FC Johansen in an International Frieldly 2-1 as they preper for their CAF Champions league match with Stade Malien on Feburay 12 with the return leg in Mali a week later.
Club President Sekou Konneh said they welcome the idea of WAFU to host such tournment and want tournament to be an annual tournment with in West Africa”.