CAF Champions League: BYC Booted Out By Horoya

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BYC captain Teah Dennis (L) walks out of the pitch with frustration after shaking hands with loan goal scorer Sakin Bolaji

Liberia’s representatives to the 2018/2019 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) have been booted out of Africa’s biggest club competition by Guinean side Horoya AC.

BYC suffered a 1-0 defeat (2-0 Aggregate) yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium after bowing to a similar result in the first leg away in Conakry, Guinea.

After a goalless first half, the deadlock was finally broken in the 74th minute after Sakin Bolaji traveled through the BYC defense to send in a beautiful volley to the back of the net from Abou Camara’s superb cross from the right flank. Yesterday’s victory for the Guinean side booked their ticket to the First Round of the 2018/2019 CAF Champions League.

BYC starting lineup vs Horoya AC

It was a game like any other as hundreds of fans for either side trooped into the ATS for the match that started during the late afternoon hours.  BYC kick-started the game in a better form with much confidence of overturning the 1-0 deficit. Midfielder Abdulai Bility had the first opportunity that he could have done better with after smashing a left-footed volley past the crossbar in the 11th minute. Thanks to right-back Jereny Saygbe for his terrific right-foot cross into the danger area.

More relaxed with their 1-0 lead from the first-leg, Horoya maintained their normal style of play in their attacks and defensive works. Skipper Ocansey Mandela had an early chance to put the visitors ahead when he struck from close range, but goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh was in a better position to deny the visitors from getting the opener.

Later in the 21st minute, William Freeman was fortunate to connect right-back Saygbe’s cross from a corner kick through a header, but his header was not too strong to beat Senegalese goalkeeper Ndiaye Khaidim, who was later substituted midway through the first half because of injury.

Later in the second half, BYC again found their rhythm by increasing their attacks. The ‘Go Blue Boys’ became more forceful, but point strikers Mustapha Lomell and Trokon Myers could not just produce the needed result from their opponents’ half.

Horoya AC starting lineup vs BYC

However, Horoya also maintained their attacks through counters and could have gotten additional goals, but defender Eugene Swen had another outstanding performance after clearing his goal line twice to rescue his side from conceding more goals.

Horoya will now face Libyan side Al Nasr in the first round of the competition later this month in Libya, before the return-leg in Conakry Guinea.

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