By Roland Mulbah
The coach of Liberia Football Association (LFA) Knock Out champions, Monrovia Club Breweries,Francis Sarploh, has apologized to fans of Liberian football for his club’s 4-0demolition by Algerian top rated outfit, JS Kabyliein the preliminary first leg first round encounter of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Cup.
The 4-0 thrashing last Sunday, led to the youthful Liberian team’s elimination from the competition even though the red and white outfit won the first leg 3-0 two weeks ago at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.
While at the Robert International Airport last Friday, February 17, 2017 before their departure for the Sunday, February 19, 2017 match inTiziOuzou, Algeria, Coach Francis Sarploh wrote on his official facebook page saying “One hour to departure at Robert International Airport. Long flight: Monrovia to Accra (Ghana), Istanbul (Turkey) to Algiers(Algeria) and later TiziOuzou (Algeria) which is the match’s venue. Nineteen hours of flight. Oh God, I pray this does not negatively impact my players' physiological response to the game,” the coach concluded.
True to his post on facebook, the coach said in a post match interview that the long flight and weather affected the team a lot.
“We did not perform the way it was expected of us. We could have done better if we have had good rest,” he said.
“The long flight affected the team a lot. Upon arriving in Algeria, we had just an hour to rest before the training session. To a very large extent, the weather too played a major part. If we had reached there earlier, we would have adjusted a bit to the weather there. Like the way BYC arrived in Mali earlier for their match against Stade de Malien, we would have made the difference if we had done the same.”
He apologized to the fans for the result and has called on them to keep supporting the club.
“The fans have been behind us,” he added. “Certainly, they won’t be happy about the way we were pulled out of the competition. We apologize to them and assure them that next time, we will do better. We hope they keep supporting us,” he said.