in “Partnership Deal” with Wydad Casablanca
-Despite Suffering 6-1 Aggregate
President Dr. Richard V. Tolbert
By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
Liberia’s darling club, Invincible Eleven (IE), has entered
into a “mutual institutional partnership deal” with Wydad
Casablanca of Morocco, in spite of her 6-1 aggregate lost,
the President of IE, Dr. Richard V. Tolbert disclosed.
The IE boss told reporters in Monrovia today that the
Saturday’s 4-1 game which IE bowed to the Moroccan giant is
a lost-win situation, owing to lot of disadvantages the
yellow boys experienced.
He said the cold weather, slipperiness of the field and the
Moroccan-home-advantage are some of the drawbacks the team
endured in Morocco.
The beaming IE boss said owing to the team’s professional
field of play and discipline coupled with the warmth
hospitable they (IE) showered the Moroccan side when they
came in Liberia, the management of Wydad Casablanca had
extended an institutional partnership deal with IE.
Dr. Tolbert divulged that Wydad has extended an invite to IE
to participate in their Annual Competition in July.
“We are confident in the long run, our players and technical
staff will go to Morocco and their players in Liberia. A
25-man delegation has been invited to partake in the Wydad
Annual Competition in July and we hope things will go good
to better,” Dr. Tolbert said.
For his part, Acting Vice President for Operations of IE,
Kekura Kamara told reporters that the Moroccan top side gave
IE 22 pair of boots, jerseys and training kits, as well as
“CDs with instructional materials” to their technical team
as well as their goal keeper.
He said the CDs were from the Wydad Casablanca Football
Academy which trains about 3,000 kids.
He said they are hopeful of a “true institutional
partnership” between the two clubs for the good of the game.
IE bowed to the North African side (Wydad Casablanca) 6-1 on
aggregate, in CAF Cup Preliminary Round.
On Saturday, IE went down 4 goals to 1 against Wydad
Casablanca in Morocco in the 2nd leg of CAF Preliminary
Round. In the first leg, IE lost at home in Monrovia to the
North African side 2 goals to 0, (Aggregate 6-1).