MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia Football Association’s first division defending champion, Barrack Young Controller, has departed the country for Mozambique to honor their CAF Champions League clash with Mozambican club Clube Ferroviaro de Beira.
The team departed Liberia on Wednesday, March 8, via Roberts International Airport and arrived in Mozambique on Thursday, March 9. Along the way to Mozambique, they transited through Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe on their way to compete in the first leg of the first round qualifiers.
Last month, the Go Blue Boys advanced to the first round of qualification after eliminating top Malian club, Stade Malien de Bamako. BYC won the first leg 1-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and bowed to a 1-0 defeat away before booking a going through on a 7-6 penalty shootout win while their counterpart, Ferroviaro de Beira qualified after a 4-3 aggregate win over Tanzanian side, Zimamoto Football Club.
To enter the group stage of the competition, BYC will have to pass the Mozambican side that has a wide range of experience in CAF competitions. BYC’s participation this year is their third while their opponent is participating in their fifth competition since their establishment in 1924.
The first leg is scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at the Estadio do Ferroviaro and BYC needs a draw or a win away from home to stand a better chance ahead of the return leg.
Unlike BYC’s recent trip to Mali where they traveled with a 39-man delegation, they flew to the East African nation with a 28-man delegation headed by Keitu Smith.
Full List of Delegates:
- Keitu Smith – Head of Delegation
- Sekou Konneh – Club President
- Thomas Kojo – Director of Football
- Prince Sumo – Vice President of finance
- Cooper Sannah – Head Coaach
- Anthony Awi – Trainer
- Ben Beysolow Perry – Goalkeeper trainer
- Melvin Jerry – Team Doctor
- Albert E. Sarweah – Administrative Manager
- Christopher Walker – Journalist
- Allengton Sembeh
- Morris Tarr
- Prince Jetoh
- David Tweh
- Sporo Somah
- Hilton Varney
- Mark Paye
- Gideon Williams
- Kemoh Kamara
- James Kpoto
- Can-Dave Harmon
- Randy Dukuly
- Abdullah Yaya Bility
- Sylvanus Nimely
- Koffa Dougbeh
- Prince Kennedy
- Solomon Yahweh
- Prince Saydee
Featured photo by T. Kla Wesley