BYC Football Incorporated has formally celebrated their 2015 Knockout Championship title, dubbed the LFA Cup, as well as provided awards to exceptional players from both teams during an Awards Banquet held at a local hotel in Mamba Point on Saturday.
BYC Football’s 2nd division outlet, BYC II overwhelmed 1st division Club Breweries 2-1 in a lottery shot, after a goalless match. This is the second time for BYC II to win the knockout title.
In the 2012/2013 league season, the Go Blue Boys whipped Watanga FC 1-0 to clinch the title. In that same year, BYC II also grabbed the 2nd division championship, under then coach Robert Lartey
The traditional BYC Football Awards Banquet, which was held over the weekend, was organized in collaboration with the Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation, under the theme: “I Was Here”
Though, it was celebrated awesomely with bighearted prizes and dinner, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BYC Football, Inc., Robert Sirleaf sadly pointed out that BYC Football historically underperformed.
In a poignant but firmed tone and with eyes completely red and glazed over, Mr. Sirleaf said clinching two out of the six titles in this year, is an underperformance.
“We have underperformed — winning only two out of six, is demeaning…and we need to do better,” his face remained bitter as he looked at the audience of about 60 persons, including players, technical and support staff and invited guests.
Unlike the past, BYC Football usually celebrated at least four titles per season.
The LFA’s football giant BYC Football started the year 2015 on a high note winning the Coca-Cola Bottling Company eight-team tournament. Van Dave Harmon’s hat trick on Sunday in the grand final of the tournament was enough for his side’s 3-1 triumph over Nimba United to lift the trophy.
The second LFA tournament, BYC I was whipped in the semi-finals, making LISCR FC, Fassell and Keitrace to advance in the finals, pending the climaxing battles.
In the second division, BYC II settled as runners-up on the log, but grabbed the LFA Cup.
For BYC I — they stooped 3rd on the 1st division table and ended without a title.
The Super Cup title, between Nimba United and BYC II, which has not been played — is the sixth title in this football league.
During the awarding ceremony, players awarded in BYC II were Prince Nagbo (Rookie of the Year); Solomon Yaweh (Iron Man) and Alpha Jalloh (Most Valuable Player).
For BYC I, the exceptional players are: Van Dave-Harmon (Rookie of the Year); Nathaniel Sherman (Iron Man) and Junior Barshall (Most Valuable Player).
For remarks, the Acting President of the LFA, Musa Shannon, hailed BYC for their organizational pattern, arguing that they have the requisite benchmark for a football club.
Shannon also praised BYC for exhibiting a unique culture and wished them the best in the following season.
Head coach James Salinsa Debbah admonished the players to be disciplined and work hard.
The President of BYC Football, Sekou Konneh also told the players to be disciplined and work hard, adding that as a technocrat president, his aim is winning.
Poet VickjuneWutoh read a poem in honor of BYC II, entitled: “I was here” and Liberian R & B star Quincy B performed a song “See you again.” He featured Christoph.