Liberia’s Champions Barrack Young Controllers have qualified to the second round (Preliminary Finals) of the CAF Champions League.
The Go Blue Boys achieved the feet on Sunday away from home with a win against Stade Malien in Bamako.
With regular time ending 1-0 in favor of the host, the final result for qualification had to be determined from the penalty spot because of BYC’s 1-0 first leg win at home.
BYC made it to the second round after nine spot kicks by both teams. Captain Van Dave Harmon netted home a kick at 6-6, giving the Go Blue Boys a 7-6 penalty kicks lead. BYC’s goalie Allenton Sembeh would save State Malian’s next ball to seal the victory.
Playing away from home BYC played much of the first 45 minutes defensively in their own half, as the well-organized Malian champions went all out for goal; scoring one late in the first half.
Ten minutes in to the match Van–Dave Harmon had the first real opportunity of the match after been setup by experienced midfielder Sylvanus Morris, but the BYC skipper blasted the ball over the cross bar to the disbelieve of his teammates and officials.
Stade Malien De Bamako dominated possession from the start of the game, they were denied on many occasions by BYC shot stopper Allenton Sembeh, who put up his best performance of the season.
Sembeh who was promoted to the senior team of BYC made over six one on one’s saves during the match.
Mussa Kone got the only goal of the match from a right flank cross as the strong attacker was in the right position to place the ball at the back of BYC net sending the 27, 000 capacity stadium in total celebration ending the first half 1-0 in favor of the home team.
Four BYC players were yellow carded: Sylvanus Morris, Allenton Sembeh, Prince Jetoh, and Mark Paye.
Knowing that 1-0 defeat could take the game in to penalties kicks, Copper Sannah brought in Sporo Somah for Gideon Williams, Sylvanus Morris replaced by Junior Barshall. Abdulai Bility was also introduced late in the second half for David Tweh.
The winner of the tie eventually would be decided from the spot.
BYC’s Allenton Sembeh became the hero of the day by saving three of nine penalties.
Junior Barshall and Kemoh Kamara had their penalties missed.
Van-Dave Harmon scored BYC’s last penalty while Stade Malien last was beautifully save by Sembeh, sending BYC into the next round
BYC will face Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique in the second round of the CAF Champions League in March.
Ferroviario Beira qualified after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Zimamoto of the Comoros Island. The first leg in Comoros Island 2-1 in favor of Zimamoto