By: Christopher Walker
Liberian Champions Barrack Young Controllers have been drawn against one of South Africa richest football club, SuperSport United in the Confederation of African Football Cup Play off in the round of 32 matches.
BYC qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup Play off after they went down to Mozambique Champions Club Ferroviario De Beria in the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League 4-1 on penalties shootout.
Regular time ended 2-0 in favor of BYC but both teams were tie on aggregate 2-2 due to the first leg which ended 2-0 to Ferroviario in Beria on March 12. CAF 2017 rules states that when a team is disqualified from the second preliminary round of the champions league they are demoted to the CAF Cup play-offs.
At the draw held on Tuesday 21, March 2017 at CAF Headquarters in Cairo Egypt, its Secretary General Hicham El Amrani, assisted by Hazem EI Hawary member of CAF inter clubs committee both conducted draw.
The Liberian champions will host Super Sports United during the first leg in Monrovia on the weekend of April 7-9, 2017, while the second leg will take place in Pretoria, South Africa on the weekend of April 14-16, 2017. BYC is making their debut appearance in the CAF Cup after exiting the Champions league on a very emotional note.
The winner of both ties on aggregate will qualified to the group stage of the second most prestigious Club competition in African football. Speaking about the draw BYC President Sekou Konneh said “we expected a very tough team at this stage and we are happy with the draw”. “Super Sports United is a very good and experience team in African Football so we are the under dogs going into this encounter.”
He continued; “our target was to reach the Group Stage of the Champions League but that did not happen, so we will put in our best in the CAF Cup and see if we can make it to the last 16.” The tough taking BYC president said he was frustrated with his team’s disqualification from the Champions league at home on Sunday but praised his players for the extra performance against their counterparts from Mozambique.
Super Sports United qualified to the CAF Confederation Cup over Al Ahly Shend of Sudan after securing a 5-3 aggregate win. Super Sports lost the away fixture 3-2 in Sudan and defeated Al Ahly Shend 4-0 in South Africa. SuperSport United is a South African football club based in Pretoria that plays in the Premier Soccer League.
United is known as Matsatsantsa a Pitori amongst its supporters. They usually play their home games at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville. Football club wholly owned by SuperSport, the South African group of television channels. The club was originally known as Pretoria City.
City was purchased by M-Net in 1994. M-Net got approval from the National Soccer League and the club was renamed. The club comprises a professional football team affiliated to the Premier Soccer League as well as various youth academy teams in the SuperSport United Youth Academy playing within their respective SAFA structures.
Home matches are usually played at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, however in recent times the club has elected to take many matches to the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. The club's youth academy is undoubtedly one of the best in the country. Some of the graduates are players like Daine Klate, Kermit Erasmus, Ronwen Williams and Kamohelo Mokotjo.
They have previously been linked with English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and Dutch side Feyenoord. Honours
Premier Soccer League champions (3): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 • Nedbank Cup winners (4): 1999, 2005, 2012, 2016 • Telkom Knockout winners (1): 2014 • SAA Supa 8 winners (1): 2004 • Sparletta Cup winners (1): 1995 • Second Division champions (1): 1995 Club records • Most starts: Ronald Lawrence 224 (including Pretoria City matches) • Most goals: Abram Raselemane 57 (previous record: Ronald Lawrence 41) • Most capped player: Dennis Masina • Most starts in a season: Siboniso Gaxa 47 (2004–05) • Most goals in a season: Glen Salmon 16 (1998–99) (previous record: George Koumantarakis 14; 1997–98) • Record victory: 9–0 v Red Star Anse-aux-Pins (19/3/05, CAF Confederation Cup) • Record defeat: 0–5 v Arcadia (7/4/90, NSL) Source: Premier Soccer League record[ • 1996–97 – 9th • 1997–98 – 14th • 1998–99 – 8th • 1999–00 – 10th • 2000–01 – 8th • 2001–02 – 2nd • 2002–03 – 2nd • 2003–04 – 3rd • 2004–05 – 4th • 2005–06 – 7th • 2006–07 – 6th • 2007–08 – 1st • 2008–09 – 1st • 2009–10 – 1st • 2010–11 – 7th • 2011–12 – 3rd • 2012–13 – 6th • 2013–14 – 5th • 2014–15 – 6th • 2015–16 – 8th Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer • Shirt sponsor: Engen • Kit manufacturer: Kappa Club officials/Technical team • Chairman: Khulu Sibiya • Chief Executive Officer: Stan Matthews • Head of Operations: Dominic Busschau • Team manager: Godfrey Mosoetsa • Head Coach: Stuart Baxter • Assistant coach: Kaitano Tembo • Marketing and Events Manager: Coltrane Munyai • Academy Technical Director: Kwanele Kopo • Goalkeeper Coach: Lee Baxter • Sports Scientist: Joshua Smith