The Malian FA and Stade Malien were forced to apologized yesterday for poor sportsmanship to Liberia’s Champions Barrack Young Controllers after abandoning the team at the airport in Bamako Mali.
The Liberian Champions had to charter taxi to take them to their hotel after they arrived in Bamako as no one from Stade Malien or the Malian FA came to welcome BYC for the second leg of the CAF champions’ league clash with Stade Malien.
BYC defeated Stade Malien de Bamako 1-0 in Monrovia during the first leg.
The Malian FA and their Champions Stade Malien de Bamako were informed of the Liberian team delegation arrival date and time in Mali by officials of both the Liberian Champions and LFA.
BYC had to wait at the airport for over one hour thirty minutes but later opted to take taxi to the Mande hotel where they are in camp.
According to CAF rules all home teams are responsible for internal transportation of visiting teams something the Malian champions failed to do up to present.
The Liberian Champions however wrote the Liberia Football Association complaining stade Malien about such poor treatment they are getting, the LFA communicated to CAF about the situation and CAF has step in to bring the poor sportsmanship from the Malian FA under control.
After the intervention of both the Liberia Football Association and the Confederation of African Football the Malian FA extended apology to BYC for their action.
The FA of Mali late Wednesday communicated to CAF and the LFA apologizing for their action something they said was not intentional.
The Malian FA said miscommunication was the cause of what happen but promise not to repeat such.
Morning training session at the Hotel. BYC preparation working well.
They did not state where the miscommunication came from but said breakdown in communication was responsible for the unfortunate situation.
They have however promised to offer good treatment to the Liberian team and said everything will be put in place in arranging all requirements as per CAF rules to BYC including providing two cars for used by the team, a phone and arranging practice pitch for their visitors.
Speaking about the treatment of the Liberian Champions its Vice President Nathaniel Sherman accepted the apology by the Malian.
Meanwhile BYC had their first training session on yesterday at a rented facility in Mali.