(L-R) Newly signed BYC II players Prince Sannah and Tony Shilley formally of Cece United Football Academy

Having plied their football careers at the grassroots level, Prince Sannah and Tony Shelly are entering the second tier of Liberian football for the first time after being signed on by champions Barrack Young Controllers II.

During their spell at Cece United Football Academy, not anyone could talk about the team’s performance without mentioning the two players’ names. They are talented and their performances are exceptional.

Both Sannah and Shilley were among several players spotted by BYC during one of the academy’s test matches at the Blue Field in PHP Community. There are many talented players at the academy; however, both players’ skills and attributes on the pitch were promising and did not go unnoticed. Since then, Shelley and Sannah had been monitored by BYC and other top clubs at the academy, but BYC was the luckiest side to secure the signatures of the two players.

At the age of 13 in junior high, BYC entered into an agreement with Cece United and began to pay the academic fees of midfielder Sannah from the junior high level (8th grade) to the end of his secondary education, thus making him a legitimate player of BYC II while at the academy.

Both players made a strong case during their final season at Cece United after helping the team finished fourth in the Montserrado Community league third division playoffs.

Sannah’s performance in the midfield was vital in the team’s success. His skillful creation of chances and distribution of balls to his teammates were also great help for striker Shilley who was the highest goal scorer for the U17 side. He benefited the most from Sannah’s passes. Shilley who captained the U-17 side last season scored six goals and provided eight assists in the playoffs.

Having played together as teammates for four years, the new environment for the two players in the upcoming season will be a challenge, but with the level of cooperation and teamwork from the two talents, it wouldn’t be surprising when these players start to make headlines in the LFA Second Division league.

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