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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[edit]

 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:[1] 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[edit] • Shirt sponsor: Engen • Kit manufacturer: Kappa Club officials/Technical team[edit] • 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


By Anthony Kokoi

Two penalties saved by Mozambican goalkeeper Soares Soares yesterday saw Clube Ferroviario de Beria knocking out champion club Barrack Young Controllers from the 2017 CAF Champions League’s preliminaries at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

The match ended in a penalty shootout after BYC leveled the aggregate 2-2 by scoring two goals in the first half of the match.

The ‘Go Blue Boys’ got the curtain raiser in the 16th minute after midfielder Abdulai Bility got his first continental goal for his club.

Eager enough to reach the group’s stage of the competition for the first time, the ‘Go Blue Boys’ showed no sign of slowing down by mounting consistent pressure on their opponents in the first half.

Their efforts got them a deserving result after the ball was handed by Ferroviario De Beira’s defender in the penalty box that led to referee Mohamed Omara of Libya awarding BYC a penalty in the 39th minute.

Right-back Prince Kennedy, who also got the lone goal against Stade de Malian through a penalty in the first leg, converted the penalty by sending goalkeeper Pascoal Carlos the wrong way.

The dominance of BYC in the first session gave the Mozambicans no chance of testing their opponents’ goalkeeper.

BYC had additional goal scoring opportunities in the first half after skipper Van-Dave Harmon came close to score in the 60th and 64th minutes and striker Mark Paye’s touch on skipper Harmon’s low ground shot that deflected on the goalpost.

With just single a goal needed in the second half to make history in Liberian football, Coach Cooper Sannah’s technical tactics could not turn the other side of the coin as his boys failed to make history.

The opportunities of getting a goal in the second 45 minutes were not utilized by the Liberian champions, after Prince Saydee, David Tweh and Mark Paye’s attempts were all off target.

The Mozambican side adopted a defensive posture in the remaining minutes of the match in anticipation of a penalty shootout and brought in goalkeeper Soares Soares.

Goalkeeper Soares later killed the dream of the Go Blue Boys after he brilliantly saved his fellow goalkeeper, Allenton Sembeh and Solomon Yahweh’s penalties.

Several high profiled personalities, including Chief Patron of Sports, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator George Weah and newly elected CAF EC member, Musa Bility were in attendance.


BY Christopher C Walker

Van-Dave has delivered a “keep calm and score four goals” hours before his team challenges Club Ferroviario De Beria in the Confederation of African Football Champions League on Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, in Central Monrovia.

For a Liberian team to come back from a difficulty first leg score line has been tough in recent times but Harmon said: 'The game is not going to last five minutes, it’s 90 minutes: We have to be patient. We can't be desperate. We need to keep calm. We are capable of scoring goals, but with patience.”

He continued- “If there is one team that is capable of scoring four goals, it is us.”

The last time BYC scored four goals was against IE in the national league before their departure to Beira as they demolished the “Yellow Boys” 6-0 at home, something many Liberians will be hope to see repeated Sunday.

Two goals will take the game to penalties kicks and Ferroviario goalkeeper Willard Manyatera has admitted that BYC players are very good, and the Mozambican champions still fear an incredible comeback from the “Go Blue Boys.”

Van- Dave: “We need to be clinical in front of the goal post. It's a nice challenge to do something that no one (Liberian team) has ever done, but we are also conscious of the fact that we are playing a very good team.”




BY Christopher C Walker

Barrack Young Controllers’ players have been told they will receive a handsome prize if they qualified over their Mozambican counterparts Club Ferroviario De Beria on today.

The Liberian Champions lost the first leg 2-0 away last week Sunday in Mozambique; BYC needs to win 3-0 to progress to CAF’s lucrative Group Stage.

Addressing a news conference Friday at the team’s headquarters Blue Field, Sekou Konneh President of the club disclosed to the media that a handsome reward awaits his players if they reach the Group Stage.

“We have an incentive per person bonus that would have a positive impact to their lives if they qualified the team, and they know.”

The tough talking BYC president is quoted as saying “Management has come to an agreement over their extra bonuses.”

The Liberian Champions arrived in the country on Wednesday from Beria, Mozambique days after their defeat.

According to Mr. Konneh the handsome prize will not be made public due to social problems, as not to put players under any additional pressure from friends and family.

Sekou Konneh is of the conviction that the extra bonus will motivate his players ahead of their crucial match today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

He is therefore calling on players of the team to put in their very best on to secure qualification.

When asked if the team can qualify Konneh express optimism of the team reaching the group stage of the CAF Champions League.


Breaking News: LFA president Musa Bility wins EC Seat for CAF .......ISSA HAYATOU BEATEN IN CAF ELECTION

Liberia football chief Musa Bility has been selected as a CAF executive committee member...

Congratulations To the Liberian Football head Musa Bility who has became the 2nd Liberianto sit on the Executive committee of CAF

Marcel Bertin, former LFA Secretary General in the 1970s was the first CAF executive committee member from Liberia

The End of Hayatou's Dynasty
-CAF gets new President

The 70-year-old led the African Football Body for 29-years, but was today threw out in a humiliating-vote cast in Addis Ababa.

Madagascar Football Association President Ahmad Ahmad has been elected Confederation of African Football president, ending Issa Hayatou's 29-year reign.

According to the BBC, Ahmad won 34 of the 54 votes in the election while the incumbent accumulated 20 votes in the thirsty-for-change poll on Thursday.

Cameroonian Hayatou took charge of CAF in 1988 and has been challenged for the presidency only twice before and both times won with landslide victories.

Ahmad, who became Madagascar FA chief in 2003, takes over as Caf president on an initial four-year term, and has promised to modernise the body and make it more transparent.

His first job, he told the BBC earlier on Thursday, would be to introduce a new code of ethics and he has also pledged to extend ethics checks on African football officials.

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BY Christopher C Walker
Barrack Young Controllers Head Coach Copper Sannah believes his side has what it takes to make a comeback against Club Ferroviario De Beria and reach the next round of the 2017 CAF Champions League.

Sannah told reporters after his side’s 2-0 first leg defeat in Beria, Mozambique that he remains optimistic over BYC's chances of reaching the Champions’ League Group Stage at the expense of Ferroviario at home on March 19, 2016.  He believes they could score more than three goals at ATS on Sunday.

The Liberian Champions were beaten 2-0 on last week Sunday, in the “away” fixture in Mozambique; but Coach Sannah has not given up hope of staging a dramatic comeback.

Sannah- "We are only halfway through the tie," There are 90 minutes left and lots of things can happen; we are going into the game with a positive mind. We have to do everything really well, both defensively and in attack.”

He continued- "Of course, we are down 2-0, but we can still turn the tie around just like other clubs have done in recent time; and with our home fans Sunday, it will be a different game. We have improved, and have put in some good training performances. We are optimistic by nature and convinced of what we can do. We will try to make the most of the favorable circumstances.”

Sannah concluded:  "If a team can score two times against us, we can score even four to five times against them. "My optimism does not mean I have unbreakable faith, but there are all sorts of performances in sports, negatives, and positives”.

BYC with  a good home record in international games in the past three years will have to beat Ferroviario De Beria 3-0 to qualified.  When asked about his view on the match  , Sannah remarked; "I don't have the feeling that we need the best game since I got here. We obviously have to play well and be effective taking full advantage of our chances.”

BYC will need star players like Prince Saydee, Sporo Somah, and Captain Van- Dave Harmon to be at their very best in the front attack; defensively  Hilton Varney, Kemoh Kamara, Prince Jetoh, Prince Kennedy or Karelo Anderson  will have to push hard, getting the ball out of their end of the pitch.

Sannah is adamant it is all about the team effort. "I look at all my players and they all have the attitude necessary; I know Ferroviario will be focus on Saydee because of his display against them during the first leg and he is a point of reference who can make the difference on a good day, but we are looking at the team effort. The team effort is all what matters, as well the final score.”


The 20-year-old striker Peter Wilson extends GIF Sundsvall and has signed a three-year contract with the club. Wilson during the season had its breakthrough and played ten matches from the start and made six goals, including a hat-trick against Jönköping Södra IF.

- Peter did a great season and it was awesome to see how he got on during this year. When we started playing him, he was not Premier Division, but he became the season progresses. Peter is proficient in depth, but he also has a physique that makes him good in duels. It will be interesting to see what we can develop together, said first-team coach Joel Cedergren.

- It feels good having an extension with GIF Sundsvall. It has been going on for a while now and it feels good that everything is ready. The season that was felt good and it was just the beginning. I am hopeful and looking forward to 2017, said Peter Wilson.

Wilson has taken the GIF Sundsvall all ungdomsled and stepped up in the first-team squad in 2015 and had previously apprenticeship contract.

- Peter is a very exciting player who has made great strides this year. It is both fun and gratifying to see players developed that passed through their ranks. We GIF Sundsvall are hugely excited to release the young talent and it shows that we maintain a high level of our talent and youth, says GIF Sundsvall's sporting director Urban Hagblom.

- I've played in GIF Sundsvall since I was eight years old and it's fun to be with and build on what we started. It feels as if there will be a new team for next year and it feels great to be a part of it. I hope that as many people as possible to come and check on our games next year and see me and the team to perform, said Peter Wilson.


By-Christopher Walker

Mozambique Champions Ferroviario De Beira secure a comfortable 2017 CAF Champions League 2-0 victory over Liberia’s Champions Barrack Young Controllers away at the 7, 000 capacity Estádio do Ferroviario Stadium in Beira Mozambique.

Ferroviario Scored a goal in each half to put them a step closer to the Group Stage of the CAF Champions League.

BYC started the match on a very slow tempo, conceding two corner kicks in the first two minutes.
Playing at home the 2016 Mozambican Champions mounted pressure on BYC to get an early minute goal on many occasions.

Allenton Sembeh put up another gallant performance making two double saves ten minutes into the match.

Sylvanus Morris preferred to Gideon Williams, had his shot blocked in the 20th minute before Abraham Koffa Dougbeh shot was blocked by Milton Nhabomba.
Ferroviario midfielder’s header was taken of the post by Hilton Varney to the disbelief of the pack stadium.

BYC’s Prince Saydee long range effort was saved by Ferroviario goalie Willard Manyatera, who was exceptional during the match, seemly always in the right position to save his side.
Playing more areas balls Ferroviario strikers had lots of difficulties from Prince Jetoh and Kemoh Kamara who were at their very best once more.

Kennedy received the only card of the game for a foul on Amara Ugwu who was on a counter attack, he was pulled from the back of his shirt by the right back.

With time running out in the 39th minute Ferroviario got the match opener through their Captain Manuel Fernandes Maninho after Amara Ugwu Cross hit the goal post, an unmarked Maninho was in the right position to place the ball at the back of the BYC’s net.

Mark Paye had the chance to level the score for BYC but thought he was offside, but the referee allowed the play but his anticipated cross for Van-Dave did not reach the attacker, ending the first half 1-0 to Ferroviario.

After the Break BYC started lively with Dougbeh controlling the game for the visitors as the box to box mid-fielder kept BYC normal game.

Prince Saydee had spectators to their feet when attacking as his speed and skill was a help to BYC but was unlucky to score.

Down by a goal Copper Sannah brought in Gideon Williams for Sylvanus Morris; Sporo Somah introduced for David Tweh.

74 minutes in the game Ferroviario scored their second goal from Similar position as Sembeh coming out was not timely leaving Chelito Omar to setup Dayo Antonio who tip the ball at the back of the empty net from four yards, Ferroviario 2-0 BYC sending the crowed Estádio do Ferroviário multi-purpose stadium in total celebration .

6 minutes later Saydee driving shot from the right flank was tip over the cross bar by Ferroviario keeper Manyatere for corner.

Van-Dave was replaced by Randy Dukuly after the Striker got injured late on.
What was presume to be a penalty for the visitors was disallowed by the central referee.
As the game ended 2-0 to Ferroviario.

Both teams will come face to face in the second leg on March 19, 2017 in Monrovia Liberia with the Winner on aggregate qualifying to the group stage of the Competitions.

BY Christopher C Walker
Liberia’s only representative in the CAF Champions League, Barrack Young Controllers Head Coach Cooper Sannah says his team will approach Sunday match against Ferroviario De Beira of Mozambique with “seriousness.”

Sannah said “on Sunday will be the same fast, incisive style that IE and Stade Malien found so difficult to handle.

BYC arrived in Mozambique Thursday, on a flight from Harare to Beira, and the fast growing “Go Blue Boys” immediately started training on Friday with two major sessions that went well; they had their last session at the game venue Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters at the Stadium Sannah said he is hopeful of a good result away from home, knowing that the visitors are very good, he would not hold back.

 The Liberian Champions are at the verge of making history in Liberia if they are to qualified for the Group Stage of the CAF Champions League, they will be the first Liberian team to enter the Group Stage. Copper said it is the team’s focus.
The tough taking BYC head coach said his players are ready for the job on Sunday, but are not under too much pressure away from home which put them in a better position to win or an acceptable draw.

When asked about his target Sannah said it is to have a good game, noting a win or draw will be better for the Liberian Champions.

For his part the President of BYC Sekou Konneh said they respect Club Ferroviario De Beira but are not afraid of them.
“We qualified over a very tough team in Africa and Ferroviario did the same over Zimamoto, that’s football We do not really know them but will beat them.”

Konneh continued- “We did not come to Beira  Mozambique to look at the beauty of the city, but rather came here to make our people happy so victory is a must Sunday that I am sure of”

“Every team that qualified for the Champions league  is good, so we will not overlook them because we are at the verge of making history” Konneh remarked with confidence

Club Ferroviario De Beira made to the second round after a 4-3 aggregate win  over Zimamoto conceding in both games while they are good at scoring goals something the Liberian team need to be careful of.

BYC scored nine goals in their last five game and conceded two goals.

Barrack Young Controllers is making their third appearance in the Competition after their first in 2014 when they eliminated Ghanaian Side Kotoko but bow out of the competition to Sewe Sports of Ivory Coast.

Later in 2015 they got eliminated by Gambian outfit Real De Baju due to the deadly Ebola Virus as they played both legs in Gambia.

Konneh is therefore calling on Liberian back home to keep their champions in prays because Liberia is about to be counted among football nations in Africa.

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