BY Christopher C Walker
The Champions of Liberian football Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) have promoted five of its junior players, from BYC-II to the senior team (BYC-I) for the upcoming 2016/2017 Liberia Football Association National League.
Goal keeper Allenton Sembeh, defenders Solomon Yarweh, Prince Kennedy, striker Randy Dukuly, and midfielder Abraham Koffa Dougbeh have all been promoted to the senior squad of the club, as they have earned the right to compete at the highest level of Liberian football, and the BYC’s organization.
All of the promoted players were instrumental in BYC-II winning of the LFA 2015 FA Cup and Super Cup thus qualified the junior “Go Blue Boys” for the 2016 CAF Cup.
They were instrumental in BYC-II defeating of Moroccan top Flight Club Kawkab Athletic Club Marrakech 2-0 during an exhilarating second leg in Monrovia after the Liberian side was defeated 3-0 away during the first leg, concluding with BYC-II elimination from the competition on the away goal rule 3-2 Thus maintaining BYC Football undefeated home record in international competition.
Dukuly ended last season as BYC- II top goal scorer and second highest goal scorer in the 2nd Division with 11 goals, two behind Curtis Koon of Monrovia Club Breweries who captured the Second Division Golden Boot with 13 goals. Dukuly ascension, means striker Terry Sackor will now teamed up with Justino Ward Jackson at BYC-II.
Dukuly’s addition to BYC –I, means the club attack force is projected to be the most lethal in the league, with lighting speed, behind the legs of Ketu Jerbo, and Prince Saydee, combined with the power of Mark Paye and Van-Dave Harmon, In addition, the “wizardry” of David Tweh.
Kennedy will have to fight for his place at right back with Karleo Anderson, another former BYC-II player who was promoted 2 years back to the senior team and who has establish himself as one of the best right backs in the country. Yarweh will be in competition for a place at central back with Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, and team Captain Francis Jallabah.
Allenton Sembeh is making his second appearance with the senior team and will have to beat Morris Tarr and Mulbah Urey, who combined for only having 11 goals combined against them during the Liberian Champions winning season.
Koffa Dougbeh whom Fassell FC had expressed interest in having him joined their side, but he had no interest in them, will have to battle with Sylvanus Morris, Gideon Williams, Junior Barshall, and the young up coming Arku Morris, for his place in tough central midfield.
2015 Super Cup star, Sekou Bayoh will begin his learning process on BYC-II under the tutelage of former National goal keeper Nathaniel Sherman, a BYC consultant to have more playing time, and gain more confidence as a top class goalie.
Speaking about the additional players to the team that won the LFA Championship BYC-I coach Cooper Sannah said “ever player will have to fight for their place in his team because competition for a starting wing is much higher than last season, and we don’t show favoritism, whom ever is the best will play, it’s as simple as that.