LISCR, BYC Race May go to the Wire
By Wleh Bedell
The local premiership may lack the attraction associated
with contemporary football but it still has its followers
and looks like a two horse race between arguably the two big
spenders the competition, LISCR and Barrack Young
Controllers (BYC). Both sides quest to reign supreme in the
elite stage of the Liberian game look like going to the
final day of the season where they will e battling each
Champions in last seasonís league which many criticized of
lacking much competition since it was just one phase, LISCR
seem ever determined to win the ongoing league in order to
prove their success last season was no fluke as they are
yearning to win the top flight contest in a row in silencing
their critics who have since brushed aside their feat
achieved last season.
But, the last seasonís bridesmaid BYC are as well plotting
against them as they aim to emerge as winners this term.
Ardent followers of the game here insist that both sides are
the pace setters and are the teams to watch. Why they might
be hoping to outdo each other for the top prize they will
however have to respect their opponents who are capable of
making them gnash their teeth in regret.
BYCís shocking 1-2 loss to Frank Jericho Nagbe led NPA
Anchors on Wednesday at the ATS is a pointer, and while
LISCR may be happy that they are behind their opponents by
just a point after their 2-0 drubbing of United Soccer
Ambassadors (USA) in Kakata and need a win against Nathaniel
Shermanís Roots FC to eclipse their opponents for top spot,
it is still a very long way to go.
With the likes of Mighty Barrolle augmenting their side with
a host of players and their rivals Invincible Eleven (IE) as
well as LPRC Oilers still having a say in where the
championship goes coupled with promising performances from
Monrovia Breweries, Jubilee and Fatu, the duo of LISCR and
BYC must not start counting their cheeks before they are
hatched as anything can happen. How well the two new giants
in the local game can fight or be consistent to the end is
what remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, many have stressed on the need for the referees
to be more professional and avoid bias or what they term
cheating in these critical times of the season not just in
the top flight but all other levels of the LFA league.
Why it is often said that refereeing the game of football is
quite a thankless task and why one would not want to suggest
or conclude that ďlocal referees are cheatsĒ, there is a
need for them to be on top of their game as the decisive
period of the league rages on. Some have complained that
there are others who tend to interfere with other clubs
matches for their club to be on top, and why such is yet to
be proven with everyone hoping on fair play as the hall mark
of the beautiful game, the LFA and the Liberia Football
Referees Association (LIFRA) must effectively combine forces
in being more vigilant at such period in allowing the best
side to win void of any foul play.