MONROVIA, Montserrado â€“ Liberia Football Association Cup and first division defending champions, Barrack Young Controllers Football Club is set to host its second preseason tournament, the Blue Cup.
The Go Blue Boys announced the 2019 edition via their official Facebook page and confirmed the participation of four clubs from the first and second division leagues. Besides BYC, other clubs in the tournament are LISCR FC of the first division, second division champion FC Bea Mountain that is also the defending champion of the Blue Cup, and first division club Watanga Football Club.
The tournament will begin on February 15 and will last until February 17. Host BYC FC will take on Watanga FC on the opening day of the tournament before Bea Mountain and LISCR FC take on each other in the second match on February 15.
The teams will take a break on Saturday, February 16 before teams qualifying for the final play on Sunday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m. According to the release by BYC FC, there will be a game played between BYC FC feeder team, BYC FC II, and Gardnersville Football Club, which is the feeder team of LISCR Football Club.
The Blue Cup, the only preseason club competition ahead of the 2019 season, will see the champions win US$500 and a trophy while individual accolades, including the golden boot prize for the tournamentâ€™s highest score, will be awarded at the end of the tournament.
Last yearâ€™s inaugural tournament featured eight teams and was won by FC Bea Mountain. The second division club stunned first division giant, LISCR FC, 1-0 in the final to win.
The tournament comes as an opportunity to the four clubs that will start the 2019 league season 10 days after the final on February 17. Participating clubs will have the chance to test their teams and their newly signed players.
Featured photo courtesy of BYC FC