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Monrovia - Mozambique’s Clube Ferroviário da Beira (CFB) will meet Liberia’s Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) in the first round first leg of the 2017 CAF Champions League at the Estadio do Ferroviario in Beira on March 12.

A 28-man BYC delegation, which is headed by Liberia Football Association (LFA) Deputy Technical Director Kaetu Smith, arrived in Beira on March 9, having departed Monrovia in the afternoon of March 8 aboard Kenya airway with transits in Accra, Nairobi and Harare.

Speaking to reporters before their departure, BYC head coach Copper Sannah said he’s hopeful of collecting a point.

“We are determined to make history for Liberia but know that away games are very difficult; we will do our best,” he said.

BYC, who have 17 points from nine games in the LFA first division league, go into the clash with a mixed form.

They drew 0-0 with 10-man Monrovia Club Breweries on March 6 and thrashed Invincible Eleven 6-0 on March 3 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and Blue Field respectively.  

CFB maybe a bit match-rusty, having lost 1-2 away to Club Desportive de Nacala on March 5 and beaten FC Lichinga 3-1 on March 8 after two games in the Moçambola.

Continental form

BYC eliminated Mali’s Stade Malien 7-6 on penalties, after a 1-1 aggregate, to reach the first round and will be hoping to qualify for the group stage for the first time this season.

CFB qualified by defeating Zanzibar’s Zimamoto FC 4-3 on aggregate during the preliminaries.

The aggregate winner qualifies for the prestigious group stage with a whooping US$550,000 as qualification fee.

The Liberia Football Association (LFA) will be fasting and praying for BYC as it is guaranteed a five-percent share or US$27,500.

BYC are making their third appearance, having eliminated Stade Malien of Mali 7-6 on penalties, after drawing 1-1 on aggregate at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on February 19.

Before the two legs, BYC president Sekou Konneh told a news conference on February 8 that they are aiming to become the first Liberian club to qualify for the group state.

What an ambitious target it was considering the pedigree of the Malians but BYC are now 180 minutes away for setting an enviable record.

In their debut appearance after winning the 2013 LFA premier league, BYC eliminated Ghana’s Asante Kotoko on the away goal rule in the preliminary round by losing 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on February 9, 2014 in Kumasi and winning 1-0 at the ATS on February 16, 2014 in Monrovia.

They were paired with Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport in the first round but lost 4-3 on aggregate.

In the first leg, BYC came from two goals down to draw 3-3 at the ATS on March 2, 2014 but lost 1-0 in Abidjan on March 9, 2014.

In their second appearance as LFA 2013/2014 first division champions, BYC were drawn against Gambia’s Real de Banjul.

It was a tough campaign because Liberia was banned from hosting international matches by CAF and Fifa due to the escalation of the Ebola Virus Disease.

BYC were then scheduled to use the Stade du 26 Mars on March 1, 2015 but the Mali Football Federation rejected their request.

And they were forced to play both legs in Banjul, drawing 1-1 on February 14, 2015 and losing 1-0 on March 7, 2015.

Pundits have since argued that BYC would have made the first round and even the group stage had it not been for Ebola.

Who are their opponents?

CFB play in the top division or Moçambola in Mozambique, where football is the most popular sport. 

They have a 7,000 seater stadium (mentioned above) and were Moçambique Colonial Champions in 1974.


CFB won the 2016 Moçambola and 2005 and 2013 Taça de Moçambique or FA Cup. 

Performance in CAF competitions

They qualified for the Champions League by winning their domestic league with 61 points (18 wins, seven draws and five defeats), six points more than second place UD Songo.

The new season begins with a home match against UP Lichinga on March 11.

Their last league game, a 2-1 home win over LD Maputo, was on October 29, 2016 but they eliminated Zimamoto of Zanzibar 4-3 on aggregate in the preliminary round.

They lost the first leg 2-1 at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar City on February 11 and won the return leg 3-1 on February 19 with goals from Chelito, Dayo and Babo.

2006 Confederation Cup

The tie between CFB and Union of the Comoros’ Elan Club de Mitsoudjé was played over one leg only by mutual consent and CFB won 2-1 on February 17 in the preliminary round.

CFB were drawn against USJF Ravinala of Madagascar and lost 4-3 on penalties, having drawn 0-0 on aggregate in the first round.

2014 Confederation Cup

CFB beat Tanzania’s Azam FC 2–1 on aggregate in the preliminary round, having lost the first leg 1-0 at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam on February 9 and won the second leg 2-0 on February 16.

They were drawn against Zambia’s Zesco United but lost 1-0 on aggregate in the first round, having drawn 0-0 at home on March 2 and lost 1-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on March 8.

In the 1995 CAF Cup (now Confederation Cup), CFB beat Kenya’s Mumias Sugar 2-1 on aggregate in the first round, drawing 1-1 away and winning 1-0 at home but lost 1-0 on aggregate to Cameroon’s Canon Yaoundé in the second round. They drew the first leg and lost the second leg.

In the 1994 African Cup Winners' Cup (which merged with the CAF Cup to become Confederation Cup), CFB lost to Kenya Breweries 5-1 on aggregate.

So BYC must be careful not to concede more than a goal away and wary of conceding at home.

It must be stated that BYC have won 13 trophies (spread across their teams) since 2009, excluding their silverwares from third division.

CFB will be a tough nut to crack but my money is on BYC to advance after the two legs. 

List of BYC delegation

They include Kaetu Smith, President Sekou Konneh, VP for finance Prince Sumo Jaiblai, director of football Thomas Kojo, Cooper Sannah, administrative manager Albert Sarweah, trainer Anthony Trainer, medic Melvin Jerry, goalkeeper trainer Ben Perry and media consultant Christopher Walker.

The player are Allengton Sembeh, Morris Tarr, Prince Jetoh, David Tweh, Sporo Somah, Hilton Varney, Mark Paye, Gideon Williams, Kemoh Kamara, James Kpoto, Van-Dave Harmon, Randy Dukuly, Abdullah Yaya Bility, Sylvanus Morris, Koffa Dougbeh, Prince Kennedy, Solomon Yahweh and Prince Saydee.

BY Christopher C Walker
The Champions of Liberia Barrack Young Controllers will depart the country Wednesday afternoon via the Robert International Airport for Mozambique on Kenya Airway to honor their CAF Champions League Preliminary Finals match with Ferroviario Beira this weekend.

BYC will face the Champions of Mozambique Ferroviario Beira on Sunday, March 12 in Beira, Mozambique.
BYC 28 person’s delegation is headed by Keitu Smith of the technical department at the Liberia Football Association (LFA). 

The Go Blue Boys will transit in Accra (Ghana), and Nairobi (Kenya)before taking off for Harare, Zimbabwe, which is the closet major international (airport) city to Beira. 

 BYC is expected to drive 8 to 10 hours from Zimbabwe to Mozambique.

BYC eliminated Stade Malien 6-7on penalties to reach the second round and will be hoping to qualify for the Group Stage this season.

If the Liberian Champions are to qualified to the Group Stage, they will have to collect a point away and win at home on March 19 in Monrovia.

Speaking to reporters BYC head coach Copper Sannah said he’s hopeful of collecting a point away from home.
“We are determining to make history for Liberia but know that away games are very difficult; we will do our best.”

Ferroviario Beira qualified to the second round after defeating Zimamoto of the Comoros Island 3-0 during the second league of the first-round tie while the first leg ended 2-1 in favor of Zimamoto.

Below is the full listing of BYC Delegation to Beira Mozambique
1 Sekou Wieh Konneh President, BYC Inc. 
2 Prince Sumo. Jaiblai VP for Finance, BYC Inc. 
3 Thomas S. Kojo Director of Football, BYC FC 
4 Cooper Sannah Head Coach 
5 Albert E. Sarweah Administrative Manager
6 Anthony Awi Trainer 
7 Melvin P. Jerry Medic 
8 Ben Beysolow Perry Keeper/Trainer 
9 Christopher C. Walker Journalist 
1 J. Keitu Smith LFA Delegate 

1 Allengton Sembeh 
2 Morris Tarr 
3 Prince Jetoh 
4 David T. Tweh, II 
5 Sporo J. Somah 
6 Hilton E. Varney 
7 Mark Paye 
8 Gideon G. Williams 
 9 Kemoh Kamara 
10 James Kpoto 
11 Van-Dave G. Harmon 
12 Randy Zwanna Dukuly 
 13 Abdullah Yaya Bility 
14 Sylvanus Morris 
15 Koffa Dougbeh 
16 Prince Kennedy 
17 Solomon Yahweh 
18 Prince Saydee

By  Roland Mulbah

There are credible reports that Liberia national football team, Lone Star head coach, James Salinsa Debbah is angry with the discourteous behavior of current Lone Star Captain, Teah Dennis where the Jordanian club, Al-Ahli defender insulted Liberians about his reported death news.

It was reported in many quarters in Liberia that Teah Dennis was dead with others reporting that he was in ‘sick bush’ in Grand cape Mount in Liberia seeking treatment.

The report apparently got the players angry when he posted on his official facebook page insulting Liberians who were linked with the news.

A close friend of Coach Debbah hinted that the coach already had some problem with Captain Teah Dennis and the latest rude post on his official facebook page insulting Lone Star fans and other Liberians, intensified the situation and justified reason why he need to be boosted out as Lone Star Captain.

The source also hinted that Lone Star current hit man, William Jebor, who plies his trade in Morocco with topflight outfit, Wydad Casablanca and Gizzie Dorbor, who plays in Israel for Hapoel Afula are linked with the position. Details to come


Liberian born Norwegian Varjeba sackor set to make his official league.

Varjeba will Debut for dutch premier league side Willien II when they take on Fc twente.

In the Dutch eretivite division, Varjeba sackor born in Liberia but adopted by a Norwegian parents look set to make his full debut with the dutch side .

Varjeba sackor who came through the youth system of Italian giant club juventus join Willien II  in a season loan from Norwegian topflight club varlarenga having had a brief spell in Belgium with westerlo Fc .

Since his departure from juve set-up as a.teenager the lad sackor who is yet to feature for the Lonestar of Liberia has managed to doom the national under-20 shirt for his adopted land Norway

BY Boy Dolo

Four Liberia match officials led by Isaac Montgomery will this Tuesday depart Liberia for the North African State of Algeria.

The referees are Isaac Montgomery, Jerry Yekeh, Abraham Boye Fahnbulleh and Sekou Kanneh.

The quartet will handle the CAF Champions League round two first leg between Mouloudia Club D’ Alger of Algeria and DR Congo’s FC Renaissance on the weekend of March 10-12,2017.

Montgomery will be assisted by Abraham Fahnbulleh and Sekou Kanneh as assistant one and two.

Fahnbulleh and Kanneh were recently badged by the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) as FIFA Assistant referees.

They are expected to make their debut appearances on the international scene. Experience Jerry Yekeh will serve as fourth official.

Yekeh recently officiated the CAF Champions League paring between Wa All Stars of Ghana and Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya, the encounter which the Libyan won 3-1.

Cape Vert’s Joel Amarante Ramos Barros will serve as the Match Commissioner.

The assignment is his second biggest in recent time for the ‘golden boy’ referee (Montgomery).

In 2016, Montgomery handled an African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Mauritania and Gambia.

Liberian international forward William inzaghi ironman jebro continued his excellent scoring form in the Moroccan topflight league as he helped his Moroccan club wydad athletic Casablanca to a 1-2 away win over chabab RIF hoceima in the Moroccan super league

the Liberian hattrick hero and record breaker former spanish segunda SD ponferradina forward William jebro put wydad athletic infront inside 6minutes of the first half before partnering forward Moroccan international

Mohammad oughem increase the tally to 2-0 on 47minutes before the home side pull a goal back in the 73rd minutes of the match through Moroccan forward Abdessamad Lmobarakey finishing the match 1-2 in favor of wydad athletic wish move them on top of the Moroccan super league table with 43 points from,20matches while William jebro grab his seventeen league strike for wydad athletic and his 20 in the Moroccan side colors

Since his loan move from SD ponferradina in 2015 the Liberian forward also has 9goals in 11matches with the Senior national team of Liberia the Lonestar since his debut against cape Verde in a 4-2 away loss.

BYC sinks IE 6-0

March 4, 2017
By: Christopher Walker

Barrack Young Controllers inflicted Invincible Eleven’s worst defeat of the season as they thrashed the Yellow Boys in ruthless fashion to claim third place with 16 points, two games in hand, in the First Division of the Liberia football Association League Friday.

Van-Dave Harmon scored a “hat trick” to secure Barrack Young Controllers all three points.
The Liberian Champions, CAF tested side, dominated the match from start to finish as the well-organized BYC team missed several closed range opportunities in the opening minutes.
Six minutes into the encounter David Tweh shot went wild over the cross bar after exchanged passes with skipper Harmon.

Later, Prince Saydee dribbled two IE players from the right wing, his shot saved by the Yellow Boys keeper.

Skillful Saydee received the only yellow card of the game, from CAF referee Montgomery, for divining.

Copper Sannah’s men could not have delivered a more emphatic statement as Samuel Sumo, the newly appointed coach of IE were humbled to a 6-0 final score.

It was the first time BYC scored six goals at Blue Field since last season.

BYC led 2-0 at half-time, captain Van-Dave Harmon and Abdulai Bility scoring; the second half was completely over one-sided and the eventual margin of victory could have been even more resounding.
Harmon netted in the match opener with a blazing header through Prince Saydee cross 27 minutes into the clash while Bility added BYC’s second a minute later from a Van-Dave assist in the 28 minute.

With the champion up by two goals, they mounted more offensive pressure on IE, but three clear balls were taken off the goal line by IE defenders.

Van-Dave took the headlines by putting goals on either side of the interval, as the Yellow Boys struggled to contain the array of BYC’s deadly attacking front.

Harmon added the third in the 51 minute, a Hilton Varney cross which was easily tipped at the back of the IE’s net. BYC would score three additional goals. This result will indeed send anxieties through the LFA league.

The BYC Skipper could have scored more than three goals but was denied on several occasions by the goalie of IE and defenders.

Randy Dukuly missed an empty goal to the disbelieved of the spectators.
Minutes later Prince Saydee who was unlucky to hit the back of the net during the first half got his name on the sored sheet in the 69th minute with a powered left foot shot with beautiful cleverness from the “skill workshop.”

Saydee provided another assist for Harmon to complete his hat trick in the 71st minute of the showpiece.

Substitute Mark Paye scrambled in a fifth; the magnificent Prince Kennedy volley landed on the head of Paye in the 80th minute as the striker exacted a flicking header to provide the final hurt minutes from the end.

Parents of Van-Dave (mother) and David Tweh’s legendary football (father) watch the match from the VIP’s box.

As IE coach Sumo strode briskly towards the end at the final whistle, he will have been reflecting on the extent of the challenge now facing him is to save the traditional giant from relegation.
To increase IE pain, this was their ninth defeat in 9 starts of the season.

Sannah left Mark Paye and Gideon Williams on the bench but was still able to exploit a wide range of attacking options in Saydee, Dukuly, and Van-Dave.

David Tweh was substituted for Claudius Morris; Sporo Somah and Mark Paye, for Randy Dukuly and Van-Dave.

Earlier, the junior “Go Blue Boys, BYC II narrowly defeated Margibi based Mighty Blue Angles 2-1. BYC II now tops the Second Division table by goal difference over NPA Anchors.

The junior Go Blue Boys dominated the match.

By LFA Press 

MARCH 2, 2017: The Liberia Football Association has refuted media reports that its cherished sponsor, Cellcom has faulted on its responsibility.


The Liberia Football Association  described as untrue and misleading reports that Cellcom GSM has failed to live up to its sponsorship obligation terming such report as evil and against the growth of football in Liberia.


The release said the LFA is now providing support to the clubs for the league through support from Cellcom.


The football house said Cellcom has remained committed to its commitment for support to the league over the last seven years.


The LFA believes such massive cooperation and support will continue as Orange takes over from Cellcom.

By: Anthony Kokoi

The Invincible Eleven Majestic Sports Association has agreed to a six months deal with Samuel Sumo, the coach of 2016 County Meet winners, Montserrado.

The agreement, according to reports, was reached yesterday between the management of IE and the former LISCR and BYC II coach, and will expire in August 2017.

In an interview with this newspaper, coach Sumo, who acknowledged the current financial and technical challenges that the team is currently facing, said he is going to do his best to put the team in a better position.

“I know the team is faced with some challenges, but I am going to make a difference from this end to the middle of the season by making some adjustments in the team and bringing in new players,” he said.

He meanwhile called on IE supporters not to abandon the team during this crucial period, but to rather continue their support to the club.

The 47-year old with over 10 years of coaching experience, coached Exodus FC from the second division to the first division. He was also the coach of BYC II and deputy coach of LISCR FC.

Coach Sumo has so far reached one quarter final of the annual County Meet and three finals, winning the competition in his 2016 appearance with Montserrado County.

Invincible Eleven, one of the traditional clubs of Liberian football, has failed to secure a win since the start of the current Cellcom-LFA league.

The team has conceded eight defeats and 17 goals – managing to score four goals in their eight league matches.



BY Edwin Dolo

Liberia number one referee Isaac Montgomery will officiate the CAF Champions League second leg paring between Mouloudia Club D’ Alger of Algeria and DR Congo’s FC Renaissance according to a  communiqué  from CAF Headquarter in Cairo, Egypt to the young referee.

The gamed will be played on March 10, 2017 at the Algiers-Stade with kickoff at 7:45 Liberian time and 8:45 North African time.

Montgomery will be assisted by Abraham Boye Fahnbulleh and Sekou Kanneh as assistant one and two. Both men were recently badged by the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) as FIFA Assistant referees.

They are expected to make their debut appearances on the international scene. Experience Jerry Yekeh will serve as fourth official.

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Yekeh recently officiated the CAF Champions League paring between Wa All Stars of Ghana and Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya, the encounter which the Libyan won 3-1.

Cape Vert’s Joel Amarante Ramos Barros will serve as the Match Commissioner.

The assignment is his second biggest in recent time for the ‘golden boy’ referee (Montgomery).

In 2016, Montgomery handled an African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Mauritania and Gambia.

Montgomery was for the fourth time named the best referee on the local scene last season.

He was awarded the best referee in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, 2014- 2015 seasons respectively.  His qualities, high and controllable speed, endurance, tactical movement, coupled with good hands-on knowledge of the laws of the game and their implementation have earned him a firm place on the local scene.

In 2013, Montgomery emerged tops of the FIFA's young and talented referee course in Cairo, Egypt.

Few months later, he participated in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) young talent referees course, which took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he also finished as the top participant.




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