19 April 2017

Liberia: A Look At Barrack Young Controllers' Exit

Liberia champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) were on Sunday defeated by South Africa's SuperSport United 5-0 (6-1 on Aggregate) in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff that marked their exit from the continental competition.

BYC got the opportunity to feature in the playoff of the Confederation Cup after they were knocked out during the first round of the CAF Champions League by Mozambican side Ferroviario De Beira, on March 19, on post match penalties (6-3 on aggregate).

Before their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, the Go Blue Boys were invited to participate in the West African Football Union's (WAFU) Four Champions Tournament in Dakar, Senegal where they were defeated in two matches and finished last.

ADMINISTRATION

During the team's participation in those competitions, there was not a single report from players or the technical arm of the team about any failure of the club's administration as it relates to international travel and the provision of the needed logistics for matches, among others.

The team's administration through club president Sekou Konneh during pre-match press conferences always repeated that "administratively, we have done everything possible for the team and it is now up to the technical department and the players."

TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT

The technical department of the team, headed by Coach Cooper Sannah, affirmed the level of support from the administration and always said that the technical mechanism was in place to get the best results; unfortunately, the expected results were not secured.

The technical systems that were put in place by Coach Sannah only yielded results when it comes to the team's control of ball possession, which did not produce the best results.

PLAYERS

On the other hand, the players, who are the final implementers, did their best in those battles; but in such battles, there were no prizes for runners-up - which were not the results that their supporters expected.

Scoring ability, which is not only limited to BYC, remains a major challenge for Liberian players, both in domestic and international matches.

It is about time that the players themselves take some responsibility for the outcome of these matches rather than the technical staff taking the burden for such results.

However, it is also about time that the technical staff or trainers go beyond physical fitness by sharing the players among themselves during practice sessions and focusing on their finishing touches that would bring out the best result in any football match.

Additionally, this should also serve as a lesson to other clubs who may have similar opportunities to participate in international competitions.

Liberia

All Candidates Will Run

President Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf says all "political candidates" will participate in the October 2017 presidential and… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 Liberian Observer. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.