How can Barrack Young Controllers find a solution to their persistent failure to grab victory when it is on a silver platter, like the one they wasted against SuperSport United in the CAF Confederation Cup?
In their last first leg against SuperSport United at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, BYC came from behind to even the scores, and earned a penalty award a few minutes later. The award was the climax of one of their repeated attacks against their opponents. What did they do with it?
Wasted it, or rather could not convert for the much needed goal. From then on, the next 45 minutes of the game revealed the team’s perennial sickness of not being able to claim victory when it is necessary.
Realistically, BYC’s inability to win when expected did not begin last Sunday. In the most recent case, it began with their return leg home game against their Mozambican rivals Ferravario de Beira and on to Senegal in the 4-National WAFU invitational tournament.
In all their failures, BYC is the defending league champions of Liberia and so some questions are necessary: How did BYC win the national league? How has it happened that a team that in 2014 eliminated Ghana’s Kumasi Asante Kotoko (the Club of the Century) in the CAF Club Championship is now finding it difficult to find their scoring boots to convince us that they are really champions of Liberia?
Since I am told BYC is provided with all necessities by President Sekou Konneh’s administration, can it be argued that the problem lies with the technical team? Is the technical team satisfied with the level of its work with the players? Since it is evident that the players upfront seemed confused after the first 45 minutes in previous matches, does it suggest that the players are not disciplined enough and their overindulgence in social activities is responsible for their poor performance?
Does the technical team wield enough respect with the players and do they (players) follow preparation rules before crucial matches? Now, to the players—do they know what they want? Are they pampered too much for winning the LFA National League that they think they can play and win against Barcelona, with the incredible Lionel Messi against them?
Are the players mature enough to understand what it means to play for BYC? Do they have priorities? If yes, what are they? And in a nutshell, what is wrong with the players that they have failed to live up to expectation? I can continue to ask questions but I think you get the idea and therefore as the team gets ready to travel to South Africa to honor their second leg match against SuperSport United, we can give them some food for thought to be able to do better.
All lovers of BYC and even the Liberia Football Association should begin to ask pertinent questions that could drive the team to do better. And of course the national football team, Lone Star, has similar problems: failing to win when expected, but we must start with BYC and then just maybe we could find a way to know why our players perform the worst when their best is expected.
The return leg will take place on Sunday, 16 April 2017 in Pretoria, with the winner over the two legs advancing to the group stage.
Saturday, 8 April 2017
CF Mounana (Gabon) 2-1 ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
Bidvest (South Africa) 0-0 Smouha (Egypt)
CNaPS (Madagascar) 1-1 Recreativo do Libolo (Angola)
KCCA (Uganda) 1-0 El Masry (Egypt)
Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-0 MC Alger (Algeria)
Sunday, 9 April 2017
FUS Rabat (Morocco) 2-1 MAS Fes (Morocco)
Rangers (Nigeria) 2-2 Zesco (Zambia)
RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) 1-2 CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Ports Authority (Gambia) 1-1 Hilal Obeid (Sudan)
Port Louis (Mauritius) 1-2 Club Africain (Tunisia)
AS Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) 2-0 Platinum Stars (South Africa)
Horoya (Guinea) 2-0 Ittihad Tangier (Morocco)
AC Leopards (Congo) 1-0 Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 2-0 JS Kabylie (Algeria)
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Rivers United (Nigeria) vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda)