The Gambian super cup winners, Real de Banjul on Saturday forced Liberia’s FC BYC to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the KG5 Mini-Stadium, in Banjul, The Gambia.
The game was the first leg of the CAF Club Champions match between the two sides. The second leg will be played in Bamako, Mali on Sunday, the 1st of March.
According to reports, the Liberian football champions took a 3rd minute lead through striker Lamine Jabateh.
The report further said the Blue boys (BYC) had other opportunities to increase their advantage as well as the host (Real de Banjul) who also missed a couple of gilt-edged chances to ensure parity.
The first half ended with the national anthems on the lips of Liberians on the KG5 Mini-Stadium.
Reports also indicated that despite the setback, Real de Banjul refused to go down without a fight and immediately made some substitutions which paid dividends not long afterward.
In the 83rd minute, the Banjul’s hitman Modou Sawo leveled the tally, thus making the host to fall back to defend.
The Blues reconsolidated but results were futile in their attempt to grab a win away.
However, many football pundits believe that a win or draw for BYC is an advantage or a goalless draw can qualify the Liberian outfit for the next preliminary round in the CAF Club Champions League.
They indicated that the draw boost BYC’s hope of qualifying for the second round, as well as keeping open the chances of making it to the group stage.
Meanwhile, up to press time last night, the game between Liberia’s second football giants and Horoya FC of Guinea and FC Fassell were goalless.
According to reports, the host (FC Fassell) were determined to secure the three points ahead of their counterpart to have advantage for qualifying for the next stage as well as to pocket the US$10,000 promised by is Chief Executive Officer Cassell Kouh for a win.
The return leg would be take place on Friday, the 27th of February also in Bamako, Mali.
FC Fassell should have hosted the Guinean team in Monrovia as well as Horoya FC of Guinea for FC Fassell but because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delocalized football activities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia thus forcing clubs from these countries participating in CAF competitions to find neutral venues for their respective home matches.
Howbeit, the Malian Football Association (MFA) agreed to serve as home ground for Liberian representatives as well as the Sierra Leonean and Guinean teams.