FC Fassell and Watanga FC have been drawn against each other in the President’s Cup quarter-finals today’s opener in the second phase at 2:00pm at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Fassell narrowly defeated Joy Conquerors 1-0 and Watanga won Gardnersville 5-4 in a lottery shots after a 1-1 draw.
Businessman George Kailando’s Jubilee FC meets businesswoman Mamie Kpoto’s Keitrace FC to climax today’s quarterfinals at 4:00pm.
On Wednesday, BYC II, the only surviving 2nd division outfit in the tourney hosts Nimba United with LISCR FC versus BYC I, while defending President’s Cup champions IE take a bye.
In today’s derby, the Fassell showdown emerged as the standout fixture for Tuesday’s game, and the rivalry between FC BYC and LISCR FC is generally considered to be the biggest in Liberian football as it was between traditional rivals, IE and Barrolle.
Fassell’s coach Matthew Julutweh, 34, was dismissed after a very poor performance in the Coca-Cola Tournament, so this mean, he is inarguably under pressure to steer the team “to a good standing.”
Newly promoted division club, FC Fassell is expected to face a stiff resistance from Watanga, who has been in the topnotch for over 12 years.
Jubilee’s game against Keitrace would be the second under the administration of George Kailando since he took over.
But Keitrace’s Mamie Kpoto remains the resilient female president and would not take chances against Jubilee.
Tomorrow, at 2:00pm, Nimba United is expected to engage BYC II. The sudden resignation of head coach Sam Chebli, who guided the team back to top flight and second in the Coca-Cola tournament might have some psychological upshot on the players.
Nevertheless, supremacy and experience might have to be used by the Mountainous to unleash the magic wand.
In the second battle, LISCR is arguably the tie they did not want.
Robert Larteh’s team has had the upper hand in recent meetings. Since 2014 BYC is unbeaten against LISCR.
In the debut pre-season tournament, BYC eliminated LISCR 1-0. The victory came after a friendly encounter where the both sides settled 0-0.
But LISCR latest performance against Mighty Blue Angels, which ended 3-0, sent a warning that tomorrow game could be thrice-a-preseason clásicos.
According to reports, LISCR’s win is owing to an overhaul, but if Abraham Barshall’s red card isn’t level, his absence would cause difficulty in the midfield.
However, BYC is still hopeful of five of their dependable players; namely Van Dave Harmon, Gideon Williams, Junior Barshall, Mark Paye and Alvin McCornell.