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Presidents Cup Tournament starts Friday, IE, Barrolle paired

LBS Sports Desk
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

( 14, 2015)-Long time Liberian football traditional arch-rivals, Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle have been paired in the 2015 ‘President’s Cup’ of the Liberia Football Association.

At the draw Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Liberian FA’s Headquarters in Paynesville, the two arch-rivals were paired to play on match day one of the Competition. The Competition starts this Friday at the Blue Field in Central Monrovia.

The fixture will be the first official meeting between the two Clubs in more than three years
For Invincible Eleven, it has been a rocky year, since Dr. Richard Tolbert step down as President of the Invincible Eleven Majestic Sports Association, following the end of his tenure.

The two teams were in action at the start of May in the Coca-Cola Top-8 tournament, with Mighty Barrolle failing to cross the group stage, while Invincible Eleven were edge out in the semi-final by the tournament’s eventual winners, Barrack Young Controller (BYC) 1-0.

Also at the draw, BYC were given an easy draw after being paired alongside newly promoted second division outfit, Sesay FC.
Not much is known about the newcomers, but fresh legs wanting to impress at the top level of Liberian football could be a factor in the fixture.

For BYC, pundits have termed the team as an easy pathway to the next round as their current supremacy in all competitions speaks volume.

Their triumph in the recent Coca-Cola Top-8 tournament and the start of the season’s Super Cup trophy, as well as last season’s first division title are pillars that make the Go Blues favorite for the President’s Cup, not just their pairing with the newly promoted second division outfit.
Shipping Boys, LISCR FC, will meet Mighty Blue Angels, base in Unification City in Margibi County.

Series of disappointing results in the Coca-Cola Top-8 games place serious backroom problem for the Shipping Boys with Deputy Coach, Cooper Sannoh, in doubt for remaining the technical ranks, according to inside sources.

With Coach Francis Sarploh, still not qualified, due to problem he faces with the Referee Association, it is not clear who stands on the line for LISCR in their fixture with the relegated first division side.

Speaking during the draw, FA Second Vice President, Cassell Kouh, praised two Petroleum Companies, Srimex, own by FA President, Musa Bility and Kailondo Petroleum, own by Businessman and lawyer Attorney George Kailondo, for their huge contribution to the local FA.

Kouh said: “the two companies have provided thirty-three thousand United States Dollars (33,000.00 USD) to the local FA to facilitate the staging of the tournament.

He, however, failed to disclose the amount that has been released by the office of the Chief Patron Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The competition is staged annually in the name of the President.

According to the FA Vice President, the competition’s winners will receive US$4,000.00 while the runners up will get US$1,000.00.

18 clubs on the male first division level and four female top flight teams are participating in this year’s President’s Cup.-By Moses Garzeawu/Benjamin S. Taingay


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