What a challenge Robert Sirleaf! Now the first trial is out and his chargers are now paired against Ghana’s Porcupine Warriors, Asante Kotoko in the preliminary round match.
The first leg venue, of course will be at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the Garden City of Kumasi. Please note that it is the very stadium that the Egyptian national team, The Pharaohs received the shock of their lives, when the Black Stars hammered them 6-1 in the recent 2014 World Cup two-leg decider.
Playing the first leg in Kumasi, Barrack Young Controllers will have much work to do. Like Kotoko, BYC is Liberia’s champion club.
Though the average Liberian soccer fan is aware that Ghana football has made great improvement on the international level and as a result their Liberian counterparts may not stand a chance in tough competitions like the CAF Confederation Cup.
Ghana’s Kotoko has a record of winning being champions in the African Club twice, as well as holds impressive record of 22 on the local scene. Asante Kotoko was recognized by FIFA as a football club of the century.
Kotoko belongs to the ranks of Mighty Barrolle and Invincible Eleven. This shows how much progress Kotoko has made in African soccer.
BYC has a modest record of winning the Liberia Football Association Championship, Liberia Cup four times and the Super Cup twice since its establishment in 1997.
As far as history is concerned, Kotoko is a team to watch and so the question is, how prepared is BYC against Kotoko in Kumasi in their match which comes on the weekend of February 7-9.
It must be noted that BYC may have as much quality players as Kotoko. The bottom line is how well and prepared and ready are BYC players to be more adventurous than their Kotoko counterparts?
Kotoko may have history behind it, and playing at the team’s home ground, there is the likelihood Kotoko may go out in full gears to prove its superiority to determine the return leg in Monrovia.
Again Kotoko provided a number of players for the recent WAFU Zone B victory that the Black Stars earned and this places a task on BYC to be well prepared for the two-leg that will determine which team moves on to meet the winner of the tie between Ivorian Sewe Sport and Balantas de Mansoa from Guinea Bissau.