By Edwin G. Wandah
Barrack Young Comptroller-BYC, yesterday, Sunday, February 16, 2014, whipped Asante Kotoko of Ghana 1 goal to nil at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium-ATS in Monrovia to advance to the next stage of the tournament.
The tournament is the Confederation of African Football-CAF first qualifying Rounds, which is played every year amongst various champions of clubs in Africa and BYC lost to Kotoko 2 goals to 1 two weeks ago at the Babayara Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.
Prior to the game, several Liberians and Ghanaians were seen jubilating on various Streets of Monrovia, including West Point which is situated in central Monrovia, hoping to see their side emerge victorious, while others stood calm to see what would happen at the end of the full 90 minutes.
Both teams put up fierce display of the ball, with their coaches a bit unhappy with the manner in which their players demonstrated the lack of striking force since the game was very essential both teams.
Asante Kotoko needed a draw to progress to the next stage, while BYC had the heavy task of defeating their opponents at least 1 goal, or 2 goals to nil to at least put smiles on the faces of the Liberians who turned out in numbers to witness the match.
In the 27th minutes of play, the two teams declined, losing many balls and creating empty spaces to allow the ball to roll off side of play, allowing the fans to jump on their feet calling for goals. “We want goal; we want goal,” the fans chanted.
The first half of the match ended in goalless goal while the second half of play at least saw a different game as BYC took hold of the ball and launched several counter attacks against Asante Kotoko who lost total control of the game allowing the Liberians to have fellowship on the pitch.
Kotoko’s B. Adama showed up some resilience, but appeared futile, while BYC Captain Alpha James of BYC and his men maintained the confidence of booking their ticket for the next stage of the competition.
Kotoko had two changes made, with S. Bansey in for Nmpomg in the 67th minutes to ease the situation for them, but BYC, who refused any threats, continued to harass their opponents, making things difficult for them.
BYC Benjamin Gbamey, wearing jersey number 5 turned the entire thing around when he came in along with Solo Somah, also wearing jersey 15 who came in for Trokon Myers, a new signing from Watanga FC.
BYC who defended from Rally Town Market to the Public Works Ministry after the break, while Asante Kotoko did the opposite, defending from Public Works to Rally Town, put on the faces of their fans a state of bewilderness as to who would carry the day.
Our reporter who was at least sitting in the company of one of the Ghanaian delegates saw on the faces of the Ghanaians smiles and joy of the passion that the World of Sports brings. “I am totally satisfied with sports because it has a different dimension in Africa and at least we can still be proud of our African players. They possess some kind of potential and the vigor imposed in them to play with their might is an added advantage for us,” one of the Ghanaian fans stated.
Finally, BYC took the lead with Blamo Nimely netting in the 87th minutes of play. BYC Nathaniel Sherman got a yellow card for delaying to take a goal kick.