After exiting the Montserrado Community League playoffs on a disappointing note, Saye Town based academy club Cece United’s chief executive officer, Pawala Janyan, said his team will prepare and come back stronger in the next season.
According to the grassroots football president, his team is going to build upon its mistakes during the just ended playoffs after losing to NAS FC and Zion FC in the semifinals and third-place playoff respectively.
Despite his team’s disappointing exit from the competition, Mr. Janyan lauded his players, technical staff, and supporters for their continuous support to the club and added that his team still has the opportunity to end its season on a jubilant note competing in the Central Monrovia Championship.
“Though we are sad after the many sacrifices, we see this as a great achievement and a brilliant experience. We also recognized our mistakes and we will build on them and prepare well for the next season. However, there’s something to play for, that is the Central Monrovia Championship! We can climax our season with such celebrations,” he said.
The under 17 (U17) squad of the academy started their journey to the Montserrado Community League playoffs back in April after emerging as one of the best three clubs from the league, thus qualifying them to the group stages of the playoffs.
The team, comprising of young talented players, later advanced to the knockout stage alongside 15 other clubs where they secured their biggest victory so far after thrashing Villa FC 6-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. The team later booked one of the last four slots in the competition after 4-3 post-match penalties against CCIP, but failed to reach the final.
“I extend heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, the board and officials for being there throughout. To the technical staff and players, I salute you all for the hard work as a team,” he said.
He also thanked the media for the continuous promotion of grassroots football in the country.
Cece United Football Academy (CUFA) is a grassroots football academy established in August 2012 by a group of football passionate Liberians. The youth football program, based in Saye Town, 3rd Street in Sinkor, seeks to educate young and talented kids about the game of soccer, help parents bring up the kids with good moral discipline as well as making high emphasis on dedication to their academic studies.