Newly 1st division club and tournament favorite FC Fassell could be among the casualties as the preliminary rounds of Coca-Cola Big Eight (8) Tournament concludes today.
A 2-2 draw against Aries FC on Monday at the Blue Field in the ongoing pre-season tourney has placed a question mark over FC Fassell's future in the Group B stage.
Coach Matthew Julutweh’s men is expected today to host Darling Club, IE in the opening derby, knowing that a draw – let alone a defeat – is no longer an option against Papa Kamara’s men.
IE is expected to look for at least a draw to crossover to the semi finals, while FC Fassell want a victory and at least 3-0 to march on.
In the second match, group leader NPA Anchor is also looking for a draw against Aries FC but mostly a win to maintain on top.
Aries FC, who also has one point desperately, needs a win with more goals to overcome runner-up IE (if IE draw).
However, with FC Fassell battling not to bow out of the Coca-Cola Tourney; LISCR, Nimba and Barrolle are fighting to grab the second place.
Group B leader BYC is clearly in the semi finals with 9 points having narrowly whipped LISCR FC 1-0 yesterday.
The Gardnersville based team – LISCR FC still sits on the table with 2 points and hoping for a nil draw to qualify. But a win for either side, Barrolle or Nimba United joins BYC to represent Group A in the Semi finals.
Meanwhile, the technical staff of FC Fassell headed by Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh is expected to be sacked having drawn with Aries FC 2-2 on Monday.
The 34-year-old was warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.
In a letter dated May 2, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation and the entire technical staff would be sacked if they don’t win the remaining two games.