Liberia’s representative to the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup, BYC 11 is in Maroc City, Morocco to play Kawkab Athletique Club de Marrakech on Saturday, March 12, in the second round.
BYC II luckily got a bye in the first round to meet Marrakech who pinned Burkina Faso’s USFA in 5-4 lottery shot. Both teams whipped each other 3-0 at home.
The ‘Go Blue Boys’ departed the country this morning around 5:00am for Morocco with a 19-man squad.
Head Coach Emmanuel Kaykay told journalists at the Blue Field yesterday that they are going with a “game plan to play an observant-and-defensive football to get a draw but if the chances come, it would be converted.”
He added: “Our tactical scheme would be interchangeable as 4-5-1, 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 to get our desire result.”
The License A Coach stated that the boys are in high spirit for the match and are “mentally, physically, technically and tactically prepared.”
Coach Kaykay thanked the LFA for their technical support with the help of former Lone Star coach Kaetu Smith. He pointed out that the “weather condition in Morocco” has also been considered and there days stay in Morocco would help them to acclimatize.
The BYC II coach named his squad as goalies Alpha Jalloh (captain) and Allenton Senqeh; Solomon Zeah, Prince Kennedy, Prince Nagbo, Boimah Sonii, ockoDennis Wesseh, Koffa Dougbeh, Randy Dukuly.
The remaining players include Cyrus Harmon, Chrisian Doe, Sam Jackson, Olando George, Abubakar Dunnoh, Terry Sackor, Varney Dukuly, Milton Browne and Santee Nimely.
BYC II’s skillful player George Dauda and Karleo Anderson are amongst the few players who were part of the training but were excluded.
BYC II had early preparation to fulfill their quest for the CAF Cup in November 2015, with friendly matches with both counties and club teams under the supervision of technical director Thomas Kojo.
Meanwhile, BYC Football President, Sekou Konneh thanked Cellcom GSM for the sponsorship and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
Team skipper Alpha Jalloh said they are fit and prepared to represent the country.
“We are going to represent Liberia – our nation and I can say we are ready,” Captain Jalloh said.
This is BYC II second appearance in the CAF Confederation Cup in nine years. The ‘Go Blue Boys’ made a historical move during the first meet in 2013 to be the first Liberian football team to qualify for the second round in a CAF competition in decades.
BYC II whipped Sierra Leonean FC Johansen in Monrovia, and pulled a pulsating goalless draw in Freetown. In the second round, BYC II bowed 2-1 at home to Tanzanian side Azam and drew 0-0 away.