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No goal stalemate eliminates BYC II

By Richard Manubah

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-Liberia’s only surviving representative in CAF club competition this season, BYC II, played to a surprising 0-0 draw against Tanzania Premier League club, Azam FC.

The game, attended by several thousand fans, was played at the weekend in Dar Es-Salaam.

The result stands out prominently as one of Liberia’s best in recent history of the game and it was not, however, in favor of the Liberian FA Cup champions, eliminated Saturday 6th April, 2013 from the CAF Confederation Cup on a 2-1 aggregate; the result of the 1st leg played in Monrovia March 17th April, 2013..

So, the Liberian team must now return home to focus more on their quest to retain the FA Cup championship and they also need to pay more attention to the 2nd division championship race, as they currently sit 4th on the table.

According to mylbsonline Correspondent in Da es Salaam, Tanzania, BYC II thrilled their Liberian fans in Da es Salaam by strongly challenging host team, Azam FC, winning possession and wasting some goal scoring opportunities.

In their debut participation in continental football competition, the Liberian 2nd division team totaled 5 points from their four matches, won one, lost one [at home] and secured two away draws.

Liberia’s previous CAF club competition participants in the last five years have all tasted away and home match defeats.

mylbsonline said: “The Liberian team displayed class and determination to grab a vital away victory at the expanse of the highly billed Azam FC in their own home, but having missed several chances at goal did great harm to the young BYC II team’s ambition to cruise through to the 3rd round of the CAF Cup.”

“Head-coach, Robert “Pelar” Lartey, rolled out an attacking system which, to some extent, worked well as the home side’s only best option was to drop more men down in defense to avert threats to them from BYC II, our correspondent said.

Promising ‘sensational’ midfielder, Benjanim Gbammy, and Central Defender, Prince Jetoh, produced much of the highlights for BYC II to rate themselves as ‘men of the match’, our correspondent added.

Azam FC, a new club though, are one of East Africa’s big ‘guns’ in football, evidenced by their firm and well layout organizational structure, and their splendid performance in the Tanzania Premier League, where they average 3 goals per game in most of their league matches.

To set up their meeting with BYC II, they demolished South Sudan’s El Nassir FC 8-1 on aggregate; haven beaten them 3-0 away and feasted on 5 goals in Dar es Salaam.

However, the Liberian 2nd division team, now eliminated though, slowed down Azam FC’s terrific acceleration by conceding only two goals over the two legs of their round two fixtures.

Some sport followers may have figured out that BYC II were in serious trouble against Azam FC, with huge scores in their away ties.

But a stoppage time goal in Monrovia increased the tally to 2-1 in Azam FC’s favor to win much of the credit that propelled them through to the 3rd round of the competition’s preliminary stage.

This means, the young Liberian team sent out a strong signal that Liberian football is having serious incapacity problems, though it is endowed with exceptional talents who can positively impact any foreign club’s quest for glory.

BYC II returned home Sunday 7th April, 2013 and are now focused more on the Liberian domestic league, with the view of retaining the FA Cup they won last season.
Winning the title back-to-back automatically granted them qualification to participate in the 2012/2013 continental African football competition.

Historically, BYC II’s participation, for the first time, in the continental competition is being described as remarkable experience.

BYC II is the only Liberian football club, in 12 years, to have qualified for the 2nd round of the competition’s preliminary stage.


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