Liberia’s BYC optimistic of upstaging Kotoko

Robert Lartey, Head Coach of Barrack Young Controllers (B.Y.C) of Liberia, says his team is determined to upstage and dump Asante Kotoko out of this year’s CAF Champions league despite tasting defeat at the hands of the Porcupine Warriors in the first leg of their continental clash.

Kotoko needed two penalty goals to overcome their opponents in the preliminary round stage of the competition with Kwabena Adusei scoring both goals for Kotoko.

But B.Y.C Coach, Lartey, flanked by captain Alpha James, at a post-match conference, said they were sure to beat Kotoko and qualify to the next stage of the competition.

“This is a good result for us, we got the away goal and in the return encounter we are positive that we can score more to overturn the deficit”.

The Coach, who sounded very confident, said they strategized for a draw, considering the pedigree of the Kotoko team at home.

Coach Lartey also hinted that he would rely heavily on his team’s sharp attack in the second leg to defeat Kotoko.

He insisted that his side could not open up as they resorted more to defensive tactics in the hope that they can catch Kotoko on the counter attack.

On officiating, he lauded the officials for a fair game, saying they had respect for the match officials and as such had no problems with the two penalty kicks awarded to Kotoko.

On his part, B.Y.C skipper, Jabateh said the team played according to instructions and was hopeful the second leg would be in their favour Formed in 1997, the relatively young team gave Kotoko a difficult time and almost succeeded in causing an upset at the Baba Yara stadium.

The two sides will face off again in the second leg encounter in Monrovia next Sunday. GNA

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