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BYC II Faces up-hill task against Marrakech Sunday

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Barricks Young Comptrollers (BYC) Football squad
Barricks Young Comptrollers (BYC) Football squad

( 18, 2016)-Liberia’s remaining representative in the Caf 2016 Competition, BYC II, faces an uphill task this Sunday in the return leg of their Caf Confederation Cup fixture against Kwakech Marrakech at the ATS in Monrovia.

BYC II lost the first fixture 3-0 away last Sunday and must score a 4-0 win on Sunday, if they are to progress to the third round of the Caf Confederation Cup Preliminaries.

BYC II, a second division team playing the Liberian National League, won the ticket to represent Liberia at the Caf Cup by winning the Liberia Football Association Knockout competition last season.

Since the club’s return from Morocco Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Coach Emmanuel Kaykay has been carrying out an intensive workout with his players.

Coach Kaykay said, though they lost in the first leg to an experience side, his boys are not discouraged, but are confident to progress to the next round.

Meanwhile, Authorities of the Barrack Young Controllers have suspended for ninety days two of its players who reportedly went missing in Marrakech last Sunday night after BYC II’s defeat to their hosts.

Cyrus Harmon and Dennis Wesseh were suspended by BYC Thursday after a club investigation into the players’ mysterious disappearance from their hotel after the 3-0 defeat in the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Speaking to reporters, BYC President, Sekou Konneh, said the players will not receive salaries for their suspension period and they will not be allowed to train with the team during the period.

According to Mr. Konneh, the players intentionally left their hotel room with their personal effects in an attempt to stay in Marrakech in the name of seeking greener pasture. He said the players only returned to the delegation after an intervention by Police in Morocco.

Mr. Konneh further noted that the players’ action was in violation of the club’s code of conduct and as such, the they had to be punished to serve as deterrent to other Liberian Footballers.

“We are not doing this not only because of BYC, but because of Liberia as the players’ action implicated the country as a whole,” Mr. Konneh stated. He added, the players will be forwarded to the Liberia Football Association Ethics Committee for further investigation.

“We will listen to the LFA’s suggestions on what other action to be taken against the players as their attitudes embarrassed the Liberian Government and Football Association,” said the BYC Boss.

At the same time, a 38-men Kwakech Marrakech football delegation arrived in the country Wednesday, March 16, 2016, ahead of their Caf Confederation Cup Return leg clash against BYC II Sunday at the ATS.


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