The Liberia Football Association (LFA) was officially founded in 1936 by participation of football clubs in an organized league, mainly with IE and Mighty Barrolle.
Twenty six years later, the world football governing body, FIFA, accepted Liberia’s membership, followed by the continental football body, CAF, in 1926 and 1968 respectively.
Since the kickoff of the first league 78 years ago, there has been no football team to consecutively win the Super Cup three times – except in recent times with BYC 1.
The Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of BYC Football, Robert Sirleaf has described BYC’s triple Super Cup victories as not only unprecedented but incredible.
Mr. Sirleaf said BYC has erased the long-standing record of vacuum and has written a new a history as the uninterrupted triple Super Cup title holders.
He told newsmen yesterday on the Blue Field, located at the PHP Community, in Monrovia that the triumph of BYC was a collective effort, including the financier, the administration, headed by Sekou Konneh, the technical department, directed by Thomas Kojo and the players.
“Although I’m happy about the wins since 2009 because we have won nine and I’m also happy when we inherited a broken BYC we were able to put in place our motto – dedication, desire and discipline – and its still working,” Mr. Sirleaf said.
He added: “On our recruitments we found out if the players have blue blood we make them to watch a movie, 300, to make them warriors on the field.”
BYC 1 was able to earn the triple Super Cup title by narrowly defeating FC Fassell 2-1 in the season’s traditional opener, on Friday, March 20.
Mr. Sirleaf said that his dream to support football in the country is to fulfill his passion and not only to perfect the passion of BYC players but to create jobs and opportunities to take the kids from the street.
He stated that the 54 players, excluding the technical staff and the 15 employees that managed the field, are all part of the plan to make them “breadwinners” for their families as one of his ways to support the Liberian government in reducing poverty.
The BYC CEO disclosed that a 25-year deal has been sealed on the leasing of the Blue Field, which would run from 2010 – 2035. The construction of the field, he said was about US$2.1m.
“I am not really particular on what we have invested on the Blue Field and though we are still investing, but what matters most are the players – making their passions a reality and building their lives and making them breadwinners for their families and acceptable into the society,” Mr. Sirleaf.
He however, was positive on winning the 1st and 2nd division championships as well as the Knockout and the Super Cup.