BYC Football Incorporated has announced that Coach Robert Larteh, alias Coach Pella and the club have mutually agreed for him not to return to the team for the 2016 LFA league season.
BYC Football said they would be forever grateful to Coach Pella for leading both BYC II and BYC I to historical achievements in Liberian Football.
The senior outlet of BYC Football – BYC I – poorly performed in the 2015 President’s Cup and the LFA 1st division league, which caused the team to be ousted in the semi finals and settled on the 3rd place respectively.
“ BYC Football continues to set a high standard of excellence and performance – of the six available trophies for the LFA 2015 season, BYC Football captured three: 2015 Coca Cola Cup Champions (BYC-I), 2015 Super Cup Champions (BYC-I), 2015 LFA Cup Champions (BYC-II),” a press release said.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile phone, BYC president Sekou Konneh said that Coach Pella was not dismissed and he did not resign.
“The organization and Coach Pella mutually agreed that he will not return to the team for the 2016 LFA league season,” he said.
Coach Lartey led BYC II to be crowned 2012 LFA Cup Champions; then took the team to the round of 32 in the 2012 Confederation Cup Championships.
In 2013, he led BYC I to the round of 32 of the CAF Championships defeating Asante Kotoko in the first round, an achievement that had never been accomplished by a Liberian team.
He then led BYC I to back-to-back LFA Premier-1st Division Championships in 2013-2014.
The mutual departure of Coach Pella has marked the third quitting of coaches from the BYC Football.
Coach Abraham Sesay, formerly head coach of BYC I and director resigned in 2012 and then recently BYC II head coach Samuel Sumo also left.
According to Mr. Konneh, technical director of BYC Football, Coach Thomas Kojo would be serving as head coach.
It may be recalled that last Saturday, during the celebration of the 2015 Knockout Championship title, dubbed the LFA Cup, 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.