Champion club, Barrack Young Controllers, yesterday fought back from 2-0 down to even the scores 3-3 at the end of a grueling 90minutes of total soccer.
It was a performance that shocked thousands of stunned soccer fans who had given up hope of the team’s recovery, after the visitors took a comfortable early 2-0 lead.
“Never in the history of Liberian football has a team fought back with such astonishing success,” said a soccer fan who spoke to the Daily Observer.
It was in the first leg of the CAF Championship League at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
At the same venue last Friday, Confederation Cup campaigners, Red Lions failed to tame their Algerian counterparts, Club Sportif Constantinois, losing 1-0 in their first leg to the horror of home fans.
With the poor showing of Red Lions in the mind of soccer fans, they, however, believed that the ‘Go Blue Boys’ could do better, and they waited for the inevitable.
It was bolstered on by the team’s fighting spirit, despite always scoring behind the Ivorians that convinced soccer fans that they could do better in the return leg in Abidjan, this weekend.
Their Ivorian counterparts, Sewe Sport of San Pedro yesterday made their early announcement that they were in the country for serious business.
By the 5th minute, the Ivorian champions have slotted in 2-0.
The two early goals did not dampen the fighting spirit of the Liberian champions and Isaac Popo reduced the tally before the end of the first half.
When the second session resumed, the Ivorians raced ahead with their third goal but it was BYC’s Blamoh Nymely who found his side’s second goal.
The Liberian champions did not look back and covered every blade of grass on the field, as soccer fans urged them on to score which came through Prince Saydee. The team’s response did not come as a surprise, and therefore throwing the chance for the final decider in far away Abidjan this coming Sunday.