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BYC on CAFs preliminary return leg in Banju

Kolubah Zayzay/Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/Mar. 4, 2015)-Liberia Football Association (LFA) League Champions, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), are in route to Banju, the Gambia, to play against the Gambian Champions, Real de Banju.

The match is the return leg in the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s Champions League Preliminaries.

It did not take place last weekend, because BYC could not find venue for its home match against the Gambian Champions.

CAF had banned Liberia from hosting international matches, because of ebola fear.

The decision forced BYC to search for a venue away from home, as the club’s request to Mali and Ivory Coast was ignored by the two West African nations.

Following CAF’s proposal to BYC to return to Banju for the second leg match, the team agreed to play their home match Sunday, March 8, 2015 against their Gambian counterparts.

The Liberian Champions’ delegation left the country late Tuesday evening for the Gambia without releasing information to the media regarding the size of the delegation and the names of the group’s members.

Report, however, says LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah, is heading the delegation.

If Barrack Young Controllers avoid defeat in Banju, or if the team avoid conceding any goal against Real de Banju, it will advance to the next round of the preliminaries.

Also, if the game draws 0–0, then BYC would have advantage over the Gambians based on the away goal rule as the Liberian Champions were forced to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Banjul weeks ago.

BYC’s sensational midfielder, Benjamin Gbemie, is likely to return to action for the Liberian Champions after missing the first leg, because of injury.

The Liberian U-20 international returned to training last week and was impressive during the training session, but it is not clear whether he will get a starting role in the match.

The player told ELBC Sports: “I am happy returning to training and I’m hoping the technical team will clear me for the second leg game in Banju.

 


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