The inaugural edition of the Blue Cup will today kick off at the Blue Field in the PHP Community with eight teams competing for the pre-season tournament trophy.
The tournament which will run from May 8-12 comprises of four first division clubs, two 2nd division clubs, and two 3rd division clubs.
Participating teams include BYC-I, LISCR FC, Mighty Barrolle, and Monrovia Club Brewers all of the first division, second division clubs BYC-II, and Bea Mountain and third division clubs Muscat FC and Samaria FC.
According to the fixtures, Monrovia Club Breweries will face Bea Mountain in the opening match and will be followed by BYC-I vs. Muscat FC in today’s second encounter.
In tomorrow’s encounters, BYC-II will go against Mighty Barrolle in the first match, while LISCR FC will meet Samira FC in the second encounter.
The tournament will be played in the knockout format with the semi-finals scheduled for Thursday. The two winners from matchday 1 will face each other for a slot in the last four and will be followed by the two winners of match day 2 that will also compete for a semi-finals slot.
Ahead of LISCR FC match against Samira FC tomorrow, head coach Tapha Manneh has said his target is to win the pre-season trophy. According to LISCR FC official website, the Gambian tactician is not taking the tournament lightly as the tournament is important as any trophy.
“I think it’s important for us to win the tournament because it cannot be called a pre-season tournament to us. It’s a trophy like any other and we are going with the objective of winning,” Coach Tapha told LISCR FC media.
The 5-day tournament is part of BYC FC efforts to keep players engaged until the kickoff the Liberia Football Association national league that is yet to be announced.
An amount of L$25,000 was given to each team for preparation while the winner of the tournament will clinch a cash prize of US$1,000 and a trophy. Runners-up will be given US$500. The highest goal scorer of the tournament will be given a Golden Boot.
“We intend to have this Cup every year which will serve as part of our preseason. We hope it will be an enjoyable weekend of football that will also help participants prepare for the new season,” BYC’s vice president Nathaniel Sherman said.