The Liberian Champions early Wednesday morning arrived in Bamako Mali to honor their Champions league second leg match with Stade Malien de Bamako ,but to the surprise of the BYC delegation that comprise of 23 players 15 officials and the head of delegation Keatu Smith, no one from the Malian FA or Stade Malien de Bamako was at the airport to received BYC.
BYC touch down at Bamako airport at 1:30 am and spend over one hour thirty minutes at the airport waiting for their hosts to take them to their hotel but the Malian FA and Stade Malien did not show up forcing BYC officials to hurriedly arrange for taxis to take the entire 39 men delegation to their hotel as eight taxis es were charter.
BYC Vice president Nathaniel Sherman said upon Stade Malien departure from Liberia on Monday February 13,2017 they were informed about the Liberian Champions date and time of arrival in Mali.
“They assured us that they were going to come and picked us up at the airport but I am surprised they did not show up” the BYC vice president.
“We are not totally surprise of this because this is African football may be they want to play mind game on our players but they are built mentality for this kind of situation” the former goalkeeper turn administrator noted.
For his part BYC administrative Manger Albert Sarweah disclosed that the head of delegation of Stade Malien promise to return the hospitality showed by BYC to them in Monrovia at the technical meeting before the first leg.The Liberia Football Association have been informed about the current situation in Mali with BYC,something the LFA promised to report to the parent body of African Football CAF.
The Go Blue Boys defeated Stade Malien 1-0 in Monrovia so a draw or win for the three times Liberian champions will see them progress to the second preliminary rounds of the champions league.
Meanwhile the team is in high sprit for the game that will be play on Sunday instill of Friday.
BYC first practice session is expected to be this afternoon at a rented stadium.