Liberia’s contemporary football rivals in the top flights are set to clash in a friendly encounter on Friday, April 3 in celebration of the 2015 Good Friday, also known as "Holy Friday" – which is traditionally the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified.
According to the fixture, Liberia’s former Knockout Champion, BYC II and former 2nd division club Gardnersville FC are expected to kick-off the Good Friday Football at 2:00p.m on the Blue Field, in Monrovia.
On the same day, at 4:00p.m LISCR FC and BYC FC – both of which have won the knockout title three apiece are expected to climax the day with an expected entertaining football.
Friday’s latter game is referred to as Liberia’s El Clásico, because inarguably it is the country’s fierce rivals and their match is amongst the most attended.
The rivalry also comes about as BYC and LISCR represent two major regions, as BYC is based in Sinkor and Central Monrovia while LISCR is based in on Somalia Drive – Gardnersville, Barnersville and Paynesville.
The two clubs are among the most successful football clubs in term of financial support.
However, the reigning Liberian football champ under the technical guidance of Coach Robert Larteh is determined to maintain their success at the Blue Field, while newly signed but unveiled Francis Sarploh’s tactics are to bring success to LISCR FC after dismal performances with past coaches since 2012.
Impeccable source at the BYC said Coach Larteh would use the Super Cup winning team but with the 4-5-1’s pattern against the Ship Boys.
Striker Lamine Jabateh is expected to be on the frontline, while Junior Barshall, Abraham Cokie, Gideon Williams, Trokon Myers and Van-Dave Harmon in the middle and goalie Winston Sayouh between the sticks with Francis Jallabah, Karleo Anderson, Hilton Varney and Alvin MacCornel in the defense.
Meanwhile, Coach Sarploh is convinced of the 4-4-3 popular style of play to outdo the ‘Go Blue Boys’ on their own field.
Reports said the new signees are expected to face the battle to finish, coupled with some of their matured players.
LISCR’s new comers include former potent striker Dominic Jlateh from Red Lions, ex-Red Lion’s midfielder and defender Abraham Barshall and Grosso Sloboh.
The Breweries’ gangling defender Blidi Jackson, midfielder Stephen Seamah of NPA Anchors and Mighty Blue Angels’ desperate striker Thomas Myers have also joined the Ship Boys.
The remaining hired players include midfielder Allen Njie from 3rd division club Pepper FC as well as midfielders Terrance Jones (on loan from Gardnersville FC) including defenders Momo Kiadi and Lasannah Kanneh.
The new signees are expected to blend with skipper Mohammed Varney, Carlos Sanney and others to unleash a successful spell.
According to the organizer, admission is US$5 and there would be no free entry – and gate would be opened to the public at 12noon.