LFA Championships Finals
-Who Wears the Medal, Relegated?
Neither rain nor shine could stop spectators to troop to the renovated Antoinette Tubman Stadium this weekend – Saturday and Sunday – to watch the final matches in the 2015/2016 league of the Liberia Football Association, Ansu Dorley, the Chairman of the LFA Competition has said.
In an exclusive interview via mobile phone last night, he said the games are expected to finalize the end of the league, which he described as “successful.”
He said the winners of the knockout and 1st division champion would play the Super Cup at a later date, which would start the 2016/2017 league.
Although the 2015/2016 LFA League is unprecedented owing to the duration and zonal rivalry, many are expected to witness post Ebola entertaining football that could be characterized by cheers and disappointments.
On Saturday’s derby – appallingly, Mighty Barrolle, one of Liberia’s ancient clubs will be fighting to escape “relegation” at 2:00pm. The Rollers will be locking horns with newly promoted club, Joy Conquerors – a slip could send them to the 3rd division, but a win will settle them as ‘Benjamin’ on the 2nd division table.
On the other hand, if Joy Conquerors survive, she will maintain her stand, having been promoted last season–and will be hailed for such glory unlike Mighty Barrolle, who has been around since the 1960s.
In Saturday’s second and final game, 2nd division outfit – BYC II will engage
Monrovia Club Breweries in the knockout finals (also call the LFA CUP).
Club Breweries, if they go with anger owing to their relegation to 2nd division – having performed poorly in the 1st division league, will be dragged by BYC II. BYC II is second on the 2nd division table, but is unhappy with the contention of their superior – BYC I, from both 1st division championship and knockout.
On Sunday, wounded ELWA United is expected to face Mighty Dragons for the second tie at 2:00pm
Mighty Dragons are a win away from the 2nd division champion, having convincingly pinned ELWA United 2-0 in the first leg.
Sunday’s last derby between Nimba United and LISCR is the “Clash of the Titans” with both sides equally eager for the championship.
Already, Aries FC, Jubilee and Club Monrovia Breweries have been sent down (relegated) to the 2nd division.
The first-leg’s battle between Nimba United and LISCR, which ended goalless, was a seesaw battle, with both teams wasting several chances.
If Nimba United emerges victorious, this will be their first title, after five years of existence. Former Adorence FC, was changed to Nimba United in 2011 – and is owned and sponsored by Adolphus Dolo, former Senator of Nimba County and proprietor of Focus and Insight Newspapers.
Nimba United is popularly known as the Mountain Boys owing to Liberia’s highest mountain, Mount Nimba, located in Nimba County.
For LISCR FC, this would be their third championship after three years. LISCR won the titles during the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 premiership.
She also clinched the Knockout and Super Cup twice; 2004, 2005 and 2004 and 2011 respectively.
LISCR FC was founded in 1995. It was first known as FC Barcelona – owned and partially sponsored by Mustapha Raji.