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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.”









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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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By: Christopher Walker

Liberian Champions Barrack Young Controllers have been drawn against one of South Africa richest football club, SuperSport United in the Confederation of African Football Cup Play off in the round of 32 matches.

BYC qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup Play off after they went down to Mozambique Champions Club Ferroviario De Beria in the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League 4-1 on penalties shootout.

Regular time ended 2-0 in favor of BYC but both teams were tie on aggregate 2-2 due to the first leg which ended 2-0 to Ferroviario in Beria on March 12. CAF 2017 rules states that when a team is disqualified from the second preliminary round of the champions league they are demoted to the CAF Cup play-offs.

At the draw held on Tuesday 21, March 2017 at CAF Headquarters in Cairo Egypt, its Secretary General Hicham El Amrani, assisted by Hazem EI Hawary member of CAF inter clubs committee both conducted draw.

The Liberian champions will host Super Sports United during the first leg in Monrovia on the weekend of April 7-9, 2017, while the second leg will take place in Pretoria, South Africa on the weekend of April 14-16, 2017. BYC is making their debut appearance in the CAF Cup after exiting the Champions league on a very emotional note.

The winner of both ties on aggregate will qualified to the group stage of the second most prestigious Club competition in African football. Speaking about the draw BYC President Sekou Konneh said “we expected a very tough team at this stage and we are happy with the draw”. “Super Sports United is a very good and experience team in African Football so we are the under dogs going into this encounter.”

He continued; “our target was to reach the Group Stage of the Champions League but that did not happen, so we will put in our best in the CAF Cup and see if we can make it to the last 16.” The tough taking BYC president said he was frustrated with his team’s disqualification from the Champions league at home on Sunday but praised his players for the extra performance against their counterparts from Mozambique.

Super Sports United qualified to the CAF Confederation Cup over Al Ahly Shend of Sudan after securing a 5-3 aggregate win. Super Sports lost the away fixture 3-2 in Sudan and defeated Al Ahly Shend 4-0 in South Africa. SuperSport United is a South African football club based in Pretoria that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

United is known as Matsatsantsa a Pitori amongst its supporters. They usually play their home games at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville. Football club wholly owned by SuperSport, the South African group of television channels. The club was originally known as Pretoria City.

City was purchased by M-Net in 1994. M-Net got approval from the National Soccer League and the club was renamed. The club comprises a professional football team affiliated to the Premier Soccer League as well as various youth academy teams in the SuperSport United Youth Academy playing within their respective SAFA structures.

Home matches are usually played at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, however in recent times the club has elected to take many matches to the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. The club's youth academy is undoubtedly one of the best in the country. Some of the graduates are players like Daine Klate, Kermit Erasmus, Ronwen Williams and Kamohelo Mokotjo.

They have previously been linked with English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and Dutch side Feyenoord. Honours[edit]

 Premier Soccer League champions (3): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 • Nedbank Cup winners (4): 1999, 2005, 2012, 2016 • Telkom Knockout winners (1): 2014 • SAA Supa 8 winners (1): 2004 • Sparletta Cup winners (1): 1995 • Second Division champions (1): 1995 Club records[] • Most starts: Ronald Lawrence 224 (including Pretoria City matches) • Most goals: Abram Raselemane 57 (previous record: Ronald Lawrence 41) • Most capped player: Dennis Masina • Most starts in a season: Siboniso Gaxa 47 (2004–05) • Most goals in a season: Glen Salmon 16 (1998–99) (previous record: George Koumantarakis 14; 1997–98) • Record victory: 9–0 v Red Star Anse-aux-Pins (19/3/05, CAF Confederation Cup) • Record defeat: 0–5 v Arcadia (7/4/90, NSL) Source:[1] Premier Soccer League record[ • 1996–97 – 9th • 1997–98 – 14th • 1998–99 – 8th • 1999–00 – 10th • 2000–01 – 8th • 2001–02 – 2nd • 2002–03 – 2nd • 2003–04 – 3rd • 2004–05 – 4th • 2005–06 – 7th • 2006–07 – 6th • 2007–08 – 1st • 2008–09 – 1st • 2009–10 – 1st • 2010–11 – 7th • 2011–12 – 3rd • 2012–13 – 6th • 2013–14 – 5th • 2014–15 – 6th • 2015–16 – 8th Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit] • Shirt sponsor: Engen • Kit manufacturer: Kappa Club officials/Technical team[edit] • Chairman: Khulu Sibiya • Chief Executive Officer: Stan Matthews • Head of Operations: Dominic Busschau • Team manager: Godfrey Mosoetsa • Head Coach: Stuart Baxter • Assistant coach: Kaitano Tembo • Marketing and Events Manager: Coltrane Munyai • Academy Technical Director: Kwanele Kopo • Goalkeeper Coach: Lee Baxter • Sports Scientist: Joshua Smith

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By Anthony Kokoi

Two penalties saved by Mozambican goalkeeper Soares Soares yesterday saw Clube Ferroviario de Beria knocking out champion club Barrack Young Controllers from the 2017 CAF Champions League’s preliminaries at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

The match ended in a penalty shootout after BYC leveled the aggregate 2-2 by scoring two goals in the first half of the match.

The ‘Go Blue Boys’ got the curtain raiser in the 16th minute after midfielder Abdulai Bility got his first continental goal for his club.

Eager enough to reach the group’s stage of the competition for the first time, the ‘Go Blue Boys’ showed no sign of slowing down by mounting consistent pressure on their opponents in the first half.

Their efforts got them a deserving result after the ball was handed by Ferroviario De Beira’s defender in the penalty box that led to referee Mohamed Omara of Libya awarding BYC a penalty in the 39th minute.

Right-back Prince Kennedy, who also got the lone goal against Stade de Malian through a penalty in the first leg, converted the penalty by sending goalkeeper Pascoal Carlos the wrong way.

The dominance of BYC in the first session gave the Mozambicans no chance of testing their opponents’ goalkeeper.

BYC had additional goal scoring opportunities in the first half after skipper Van-Dave Harmon came close to score in the 60th and 64th minutes and striker Mark Paye’s touch on skipper Harmon’s low ground shot that deflected on the goalpost.

With just single a goal needed in the second half to make history in Liberian football, Coach Cooper Sannah’s technical tactics could not turn the other side of the coin as his boys failed to make history.

The opportunities of getting a goal in the second 45 minutes were not utilized by the Liberian champions, after Prince Saydee, David Tweh and Mark Paye’s attempts were all off target.

The Mozambican side adopted a defensive posture in the remaining minutes of the match in anticipation of a penalty shootout and brought in goalkeeper Soares Soares.

Goalkeeper Soares later killed the dream of the Go Blue Boys after he brilliantly saved his fellow goalkeeper, Allenton Sembeh and Solomon Yahweh’s penalties.

Several high profiled personalities, including Chief Patron of Sports, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator George Weah and newly elected CAF EC member, Musa Bility were in attendance.

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BY Christopher C Walker

Van-Dave has delivered a “keep calm and score four goals” hours before his team challenges Club Ferroviario De Beria in the Confederation of African Football Champions League on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, in Central Monrovia.

For a Liberian team to come back from a difficulty first leg score line has been tough in recent times but Harmon said: 'The game is not going to last five minutes, it’s 90 minutes: We have to be patient. We can't be desperate. We need to keep calm. We are capable of scoring goals, but with patience.”

He continued- “If there is one team that is capable of scoring four goals, it is us.”

The last time BYC scored four goals was against IE in the national league before their departure to Beira as they demolished the “Yellow Boys” 6-0 at home, something many Liberians will be hope to see repeated Sunday.

Two goals will take the game to penalties kicks and Ferroviario goalkeeper Willard Manyatera has admitted that BYC players are very good, and the Mozambican champions still fear an incredible comeback from the “Go Blue Boys.”

Van- Dave: “We need to be clinical in front of the goal post. It's a nice challenge to do something that no one (Liberian team) has ever done, but we are also conscious of the fact that we are playing a very good team.”



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BY Christopher C Walker

Barrack Young Controllers’ players have been told they will receive a handsome prize if they qualified over their Mozambican counterparts Club Ferroviario De Beria on today.

The Liberian Champions lost the first leg 2-0 away last week Sunday in Mozambique; BYC needs to win 3-0 to progress to CAF’s lucrative Group Stage.

Addressing a news conference Friday at the team’s headquarters Blue Field, Sekou Konneh President of the club disclosed to the media that a handsome reward awaits his players if they reach the Group Stage.

“We have an incentive per person bonus that would have a positive impact to their lives if they qualified the team, and they know.”

The tough talking BYC president is quoted as saying “Management has come to an agreement over their extra bonuses.”

The Liberian Champions arrived in the country on Wednesday from Beria, Mozambique days after their defeat.

According to Mr. Konneh the handsome prize will not be made public due to social problems, as not to put players under any additional pressure from friends and family.

Sekou Konneh is of the conviction that the extra bonus will motivate his players ahead of their crucial match today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

He is therefore calling on players of the team to put in their very best on to secure qualification.

When asked if the team can qualify Konneh express optimism of the team reaching the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

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Breaking News: LFA president Musa Bility wins EC Seat for CAF .......ISSA HAYATOU BEATEN IN CAF ELECTION

Liberia football chief Musa Bility has been selected as a CAF executive committee member...

Congratulations To the Liberian Football head Musa Bility who has became the 2nd Liberianto sit on the Executive committee of CAF

Marcel Bertin, former LFA Secretary General in the 1970s was the first CAF executive committee member from Liberia

The End of Hayatou's Dynasty
-CAF gets new President

The 70-year-old led the African Football Body for 29-years, but was today threw out in a humiliating-vote cast in Addis Ababa.

Madagascar Football Association President Ahmad Ahmad has been elected Confederation of African Football president, ending Issa Hayatou's 29-year reign.

According to the BBC, Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election while the incumbent accumulated 20 votes in the thirsty-for-change poll on Thursday.

Cameroonian Hayatou took charge of CAF in 1988 and has been challenged for the presidency only twice before and both times won with landslide victories.

Ahmad, who became Madagascar FA chief in 2003, takes over as Caf president on an initial four-year term, and has promised to modernise the body and make it more transparent.

His first job, he told the BBC earlier on Thursday, would be to introduce a new code of ethics and he has also pledged to extend ethics checks on African football officials.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:32

Sannah hopeful of BYC qualification

BY Christopher C Walker
Barrack Young Controllers Head Coach Copper Sannah believes his side has what it takes to make a comeback against Club Ferroviario De Beria and reach the next round of the 2017 CAF Champions League.

Sannah told reporters after his side’s 2-0 first leg defeat in Beria, Mozambique that he remains optimistic over BYC's chances of reaching the Champions’ League Group Stage at the expense of Ferroviario at home on March 19, 2016.  He believes they could score more than three goals at ATS on Sunday.

The Liberian Champions were beaten 2-0 on last week Sunday, in the “away” fixture in Mozambique; but Coach Sannah has not given up hope of staging a dramatic comeback.

Sannah- "We are only halfway through the tie," There are 90 minutes left and lots of things can happen; we are going into the game with a positive mind. We have to do everything really well, both defensively and in attack.”

He continued- "Of course, we are down 2-0, but we can still turn the tie around just like other clubs have done in recent time; and with our home fans Sunday, it will be a different game. We have improved, and have put in some good training performances. We are optimistic by nature and convinced of what we can do. We will try to make the most of the favorable circumstances.”

Sannah concluded:  "If a team can score two times against us, we can score even four to five times against them. "My optimism does not mean I have unbreakable faith, but there are all sorts of performances in sports, negatives, and positives”.

BYC with  a good home record in international games in the past three years will have to beat Ferroviario De Beria 3-0 to qualified.  When asked about his view on the match  , Sannah remarked; "I don't have the feeling that we need the best game since I got here. We obviously have to play well and be effective taking full advantage of our chances.”

BYC will need star players like Prince Saydee, Sporo Somah, and Captain Van- Dave Harmon to be at their very best in the front attack; defensively  Hilton Varney, Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, Prince Kennedy or Karelo Anderson  will have to push hard, getting the ball out of their end of the pitch.

Sannah is adamant it is all about the team effort. "I look at all my players and they all have the attitude necessary; I know Ferroviario will be focus on Saydee because of his display against them during the first leg and he is a point of reference who can make the difference on a good day, but we are looking at the team effort. The team effort is all what matters, as well the final score.”
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Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:28

Peter Wilson extends with GIF Sundsvall



The 20-year-old striker Peter Wilson extends GIF Sundsvall and has signed a three-year contract with the club. Wilson during the season had its breakthrough and played ten matches from the start and made six goals, including a hat-trick against Jönköping Södra IF.

- Peter did a great season and it was awesome to see how he got on during this year. When we started playing him, he was not Premier Division, but he became the season progresses. Peter is proficient in depth, but he also has a physique that makes him good in duels. It will be interesting to see what we can develop together, said first-team coach Joel Cedergren.

- It feels good having an extension with GIF Sundsvall. It has been going on for a while now and it feels good that everything is ready. The season that was felt good and it was just the beginning. I am hopeful and looking forward to 2017, said Peter Wilson.

Wilson has taken the GIF Sundsvall all ungdomsled and stepped up in the first-team squad in 2015 and had previously apprenticeship contract.

- Peter is a very exciting player who has made great strides this year. It is both fun and gratifying to see players developed that passed through their ranks. We GIF Sundsvall are hugely excited to release the young talent and it shows that we maintain a high level of our talent and youth, says GIF Sundsvall's sporting director Urban Hagblom.

- I've played in GIF Sundsvall since I was eight years old and it's fun to be with and build on what we started. It feels as if there will be a new team for next year and it feels great to be a part of it. I hope that as many people as possible to come and check on our games next year and see me and the team to perform, said Peter Wilson.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:30


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