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