Van-Dave Hopeful of Retaining LFA Championship

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Attributes his team’s defeats to forwards’ inability to score

Liberia Football Association Champions Barrack Young Controllers on Sunday dropped to the fourth position on the league table after they were narrowly defeated by their rivals LISCR FC by 1-0, but the team’s captain Van-Dave Harmon still sees the team as major contender for this year’s championship.

Speaking to this newspaper in an interview, the skipper said it is due to the inability of the team’s forwards that sometimes leads to his side’s defeats during crucial matches.

In their last league defeat against LISCR FC on Sunday, the Go Blue Boys dominated the match in ball possession and made more attempts than the Shipping Boys of LISCR.

Among those goal scoring opportunities missed during the match, skipper Harmon had the first opportunity of the match in the 3rd minute after LISCR’s defender Richard Lloyd miscalculated a clearance that led to skipper Harmon having a one-on-one opportunity to put his side in the lead.

“We have the best goal scorers in the league, but it is unfortunate that we didn’t get the needed results. It sometimes happens in soccer when the best playing side loses a game,” said skipper Harmon.

The striker, who got his second hat trick against Invincible Eleven (IE) in their 5-0 triumph, also expressed frustration over the failure of the competition’s department at the LFA to provide the list of top goal scorers.

With his side’s next fixture against another top contender, Monrovia Club Breweries, and another game on hand, the 21 year old skipper said the Go Blue Boys can still win the championship and they only need to remain focus, despite trailing the league leaders by seven points.

“We will remain focus and continue to work hard, taking it one game at a time because our main focus is not on FC Fassel,” he said.

Commenting on Liberian players and education, skipper Harmon, a sophomore student at the United Methodist University (UMU), said the lack of opportunities for players to further their studies leads to most Liberian players focusing on the game.

“It is difficult for players who are performing for their teams to continue their education,” skipper Harmon said.

According the skipper, players who are actively involved with their education are unable to live up to the team management’s expectation.

He also cited international travels as some of the factors that hinder players’ chances of seeking higher education.

The issue of many Liberian players not seeking higher education has over the years raised eyebrows with many suggesting that strong regulations should be put in place to pressure players to seek higher education.

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