Says BYC’s president Sekou Konneh
Ahead of their return match against Ferroviario De Beria in the CAF Champions League group stage qualification, the president of Liberian champions, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), Sekou Konneh has said it is not impossible for his team to qualify against their Mozambican opponents this afternoon (4pm) at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
BYC were defeated 2-0 in the first leg in Mozambique and need to score 3-0 to qualify for the next round.
But despite his team being down two goals, Mr. Konneh expressed optimism that his team can still advance to the next stage of the competition.
“It is a tough challenge ahead of us, being down two goals, but it is not impossible for us to qualify,” Mr. Konneh said.
Mr. Konneh added that it was due to the lack of concentration in the team’s defense midway through the first half that led to his team conceding the two goals.
In terms of preparation, Mr. Konneh said the administration of BYC has done everything possible to prepare the team for today’s encounter.
“We have disclosed to the players that there is a handsome reward for them if they qualify to the next stage of the competition,” he said.
Mr. Konneh at the same time called on Liberians to turn out in their numbers to cheer the “Go Blue Boys” to victory, something he said was one of the major motivating factors behind their opponents’ victory in Mozambique.
BYC head coach Cooper Sannoh acknowledged the administrative support from the management of the team, adding that the weight is now on the technical department of the team that have been at work and are now awaiting the match today “to be able to turn the other side of the coin.”
Also speaking at the press conference, BYC head coach Cooper Sannoh acknowledged the administrative support from the management of the team, adding that the weight is now on the technical department of the team that has been at work and are now awaiting the match today “to be able to turn the other side of the coin.”
“We have worked on our shortcomings from the away match and I can assure you that we will be able to learn from our mistakes and will be give Liberians the result they want,” Coach Sannoh said.
Ferroviario De Beria and the CAF match commissioners are already in Monrovia preparing for the encounter later today at the ATS.