Oilers Depart for CAF Champions League Return-leg in Togo

LPRC Oilers players at the Roberts International Airport before departure

Liberia's first division champions, LPRC Oilers, traveled to Togo on Thursday, September 16, for this weekend’s CAF Champions League, where they will face Togolese champions Asko De Kara in the return-leg.

The delegation is said to comprise 30 persons including players and officials. Oilers did not publish the official list of their delegation, but one of the team’s key players, William Freeman, posted on his social media handle that he won’t form part of the squad after sustaining an injury in the opening quarter of the first leg.

Goals from Terry Sackor, Irvine Gbotoe and James Richardson saw Oilers recording one of the two biggest victories in the first-leg of the CAF Champions League preliminaries.

Oilers and Gambian champions Fortune FC were the two sides that recorded 3-0 win apiece during the first leg of the competition.

No Liberia club has crossed the preliminaries since 2017, when Barrack Young Controllers edged out Malian champions Stade Malien 7-6 (1-1 aggregate) on penalties to progress to the first round and were eventually knocked out by Mozambican side Ferroviário Beira 4-1 in post-match penalties after 2-2 aggregate draw.

Oilers will be looking to progress to the first round after a comfortable win in the first leg. However, the Togolese who were unlucky not to record a goal in the first leg, despite dominating the match, are still hopeful of making a comeback at home this weekend.

The match is slated for Sunday, September 19 at Stade de Kégué stadium in Lomé, Togo.