National league champion Barrack Young Controllers FC will attempt once again to put the name of Liberia on the map of African soccer as they enter the 2015 CAF Champions League next year against The Gambia’s domestic league champions, Real de Banjul FC in the preliminary rounds of the African Champions League.
CAF released the fixture with the inclusion of Liberia’s BYC and FC Fassell. BYC will be heading to the continental stage for the third time in the series. The Gambians on Monday 22nd December learned they would face Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) with the first encounter in the capital Banjul in the weekend of February 13-15, 2015 with the second leg in two weeks in Monrovia.
BYC will be making this journey to improve their previous records of impressive games with FC Johansen of Sierra Leone, Azam FC of Tanzania, Kumasi Asante Kotoko of Ghana, and Sewe Sports de San Pedro of Ivory Coast. BYC is expected to head to camp in the coming weeks to put touches on preparation for the continental battle which many soccer fans are highly expectant after the long stay away from football in the country due to the Ebola situation.
BYC media, in an interview with club president Sekou Konneh confirmed meeting with the Liberian FA and were expected to conclude modalities to start training as soon as possible. He confirmed that all the players are well and eager to start training ahead of the continental assignment ahead.
BYC’s opponents, Real de Banjul was founded in the 1966/67 season after a group of Secondary school boys, as a team, returned from a trip to Thies in Senegal and named it BENSON AND HEDGES FC. The side lifted the 2013/14 league title, the second time in two years, and their 12th league title.
Real de Banjul claimed the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) first division league title after accumulating 40 points from 20 games, seven ahead of second-placed Gamtel.
In the forthcoming encounter, the winner of the two legs will face African champions Entente Setif, who will begin the defense of their title. The Algerians, along with six other clubs got a place in the first round of the 2015 African Champions League. Coton Sport of Cameroon, Congo’s AC Leopards, Egypt’s Al Ahly, TP Mazembe of DR Congo and the Tunisian duos of CS Sfaxien and Esperance are the other clubs in the first round.
Three former winners are in the preliminary rounds namely, Ghana’s Asante Kotoko to face East End Lions of Sierra Leone, Nigeria’s Enyimba will play Buffles from Benin, while Raja Casablanca takes on Diables Noirs of Congo.
The tournament gets under way with preliminary round fixtures in the weekend of 13-15 February, with second leg games scheduled a fortnight later.