Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sirleaf, has said he’s in football for life, pledging to continually support the development of the game in Liberia.
The BYC Chief Patron, speaking to reporters at the club’s award ceremony Sunday in Sinkor, Monrovia said he is enjoying football in Liberia and will remain a manager as long as he lives.
“As long as I am breathing, I will be in Football. We are not there yet, but we have archived a lot in our five-year plan. The result of what you are seeing here today is a five-year plan.
What we are doing now is to prepare our senior team for the CAF Championship,” he disclosed. Sirleaf averred that what BYC is reaping today was as a result of the five-year strategic plan, which started in 2009.
“We have invested lots of money in football since 2009, and through the help of our fans, players and technical team we were able to win every trophy in the Liberia Football Association (LFA) National League,” added a rather proud CEO.
Meanwhile, the BYC CEO has announced that the club will assist any players, who want to seek an education at whatever level.
The LFA has repeatedly raised the issue of club helping to educate players, and Robert Sirleaf said BYC is aware of the challenges players faced after their soccer career so the club will not hesitate to help any player.
“BYC Football has a policy; we will pay for any player, who wants to go to any school of his choice, whether it is vocational, Bible school, university or college. We seriously encourage education at BYC; most of our players are adults, so they can decide for themselves at this level,” he concluded.
BYC -I and II won the LFA First Division Championship, FA Cup, and the second Division Championship titles last season. The club will represent Liberia in the upcoming CAF Champions League next year.
BYC – II Most Valuable Player
The man of the match in Freetown, Sierra Leone who led Liberia’s Barrack Young Controller II to reach the second round of the CAF Cup has been honored as BYC-II Most Valuable Player. The young goalkeeper won the MVP award on Sunday during an award program held at the Bella Casa Hotel on 3rd Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Winston snatched the title, beating inspirational George Dauda and Prince Jetoh to become the club’s Most Valuable Player of the Liberia Football Association 2013\14 second division league. Speaking at the program, Winston said he was grateful because it was through team work they reached the league and the CAF first round.
He said getting the award is not the end of his dream, but to see BYC-II at the top. “Being a goalkeeper is not easy, if you do not have a good team you are playing behind”, he noted.
According to him, playing BYC-II is like playing for any top team around the world with a professional coach; as a result, he added, the best players in the country want to play for Barrack Young Controller.
Winston said going outside of Liberia to play in the CAF league was one of the best things that have happened. He challenges upcoming players to keep the minds set on the game because football is one of the best now in the world.