No ‘Neutral Ground’ for BYC’s 2nd Match

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The negative vibration of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia has dealt another blow to league champions, FC BYC.

After CAF ordered Liberian representatives to seek home-grounds outside Liberia and Mali FA agreed and the Malians have now decided that FC BYC is not welcome to play their second leg match against Real De Banjul.

n its attempt to support football despite the virus, CAF worked with the LFA to secure the Malian offer but now it is over.

And five days to the return leg on Sunday, March 1, in Bamako, Mali — the Mali Football Federation (MFA) has informed the Liberia Football Association of its inability to host the game, without any tangible reason, that has left the LFA frustrated and angry, since it appeared CAF has agreed to it.

The Malian FA could only say, “We sincerely regret any inconvenience that this cancellation may cause,” in a letter signed by its Secretary General Yacouba S. Traore.

When contacted Secretary General Alphonso Armah said the LFA has officially communicated to CAF about the position of the Malian Football Federation.

Armah said the LFA is in search of another neutral ground, but could not name the possible country that would agree for the match.

The Liberian champions have since been in the country under going intensive preparation while they are waiting for the next neutral ground to lock horns with Real de Banjul.

It may be recalled that two weeks ago, FC BYC was forced to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the KG5 Mini-Stadium, in Banjul, The Gambia.

It was the first leg of the CAF Club Champions match and The Blues (BYC) took a 3rd minute lead through striker Lamine Jabateh.

In the 83rd minute, Banjul’s hitman Modou Sawo leveled the tally.

Meanwhile, Liberia’s second representative which participated in the CAF Confederation Cup was eliminated on a 4-3 aggregate.

In the 2nd leg in Bamako, Fassell’s hitman Vitalis Sie’s hat-trick was not enough to see Fassell through to the next round.

The debutant scored three times, but sluggish defense denied them the chance to advance to the next round, drawing 3-3 with Guinean side Horoya AC.

The results means FC Fassell is out of the competition with the Guinean side going through on a 4-3 goals’ aggregate having won the first leg 1-0.


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