Liberia’s CAF Championship representatives, BYC, lost 2-1 yesterday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana, to Kotoko.
It was the first leg first match and Liberia’s head of delegation, Minister Eugene Nagbe, complained about poor officiating against Barrack Young Controllers.
In a facebook chat, Minister Nagbe said, “This may sound like a broken record but officiating is the greatest stumbling block to the progress of the game on the continent.”
Upon arrival last Thursday, BYC president Sekou Konneh warned Kotoko to prepare for a fiercely contested game in Sunday’s CAF Champions League opener at the Baba Yara Stadium. Though he admitted Kotoko is one of the biggest clubs in Africa football with rich pedigree and achievement, he was positive his team would hold them in the much touted game.
“Yes we respect Kotoko because it is a big club in Africa but we are not afraid of them. We are going to give them a good run for their money because we have prepared adequately and study a lot about Kotoko” he said in a brief interview with asantekotokosc.com moments after their arrival at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday evening via Kenya Airways.
Before leaving for Kumasi that same evening the vice president of the BYC in charge of finance said they did not come to Ghana for sight- seeing but to demonstrate to Ghanaians good football on Sunday. “We might be young and inexperienced in the CAF Champions League as compared to Kotoko. However, I can tell you that we are battle ready for the task ahead. We believe in quality football and that is exactly what we will show to Ghanaians on Sunday” he noted.
Having survived the first leg with a narrow 1-2 defeat, the Liberian champions will now have the single job of scoring at least 1-0 in the return leg in Monrovia to qualify for the second leg.