Real de Banjul forces BYC to 1-1 Draw

first_imgThe Gambian super cup winners, Real de Banjul on Saturday forced Liberia’s FC BYC to an entertaining 1-1 draw at the KG5 Mini-Stadium, in Banjul, The Gambia.The game was the first leg of the CAF Club Champions match between the two sides. The second leg will be played in Bamako, Mali on Sunday, the 1st of March.According to reports, the Liberian football champions took a 3rd minute lead through striker Lamine Jabateh.The report further said the Blue boys (BYC) had other opportunities to increase their advantage as well as the host (Real de Banjul) who also missed a couple of gilt-edged chances to ensure parity.The first half ended with the national anthems on the lips of Liberians on the KG5 Mini-Stadium.Reports also indicated that despite the setback, Real de Banjul refused to go down without a fight and immediately made some substitutions which paid dividends not long afterward.In the 83rd minute, the Banjul’s hitman  Modou Sawo leveled the tally, thus making the host to fall back to defend.The Blues reconsolidated but results were futile in their attempt to grab a win away.However, many football pundits believe that a win or draw for BYC is an advantage or a goalless draw can qualify the Liberian outfit for the next preliminary round in the CAF Club Champions League.They indicated that the draw boost  BYC’s  hope of qualifying for the second round, as well as keeping open the chances of making it to the group stage.Meanwhile, up to press time last night, the game between Liberia’s second football giants and Horoya FC of Guinea and FC Fassell were goalless.According to reports, the host (FC Fassell) were determined to secure the three points ahead of their counterpart to have advantage for qualifying for the next stage as well as to pocket the US$10,000 promised by is Chief Executive Officer Cassell Kouh for a win.The return leg would be take place on Friday, the 27th of February also in Bamako, Mali.FC Fassell should have hosted the Guinean team in Monrovia as well as Horoya FC of Guinea for FC Fassell but because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delocalized football activities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia thus forcing clubs from these countries participating in CAF competitions to find neutral venues for their respective home matches.Howbeit, the Malian Football Association (MFA) agreed to serve as home ground for Liberian representatives as well as the Sierra Leonean and Guinean teams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOVERNMENT HAMPERING BUSINESS GROWTH – DOHERTY

first_imgDONEGAL DEPUTY Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of hampering business growth in the county.He was speaking in response to replies to his Parliamentary Questions to Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine in relation to the delays in processing aquaculture and foreshore licences.The Donegal South West Deputy Pearse Doherty said today: “I am extremely disappointed to hear that there are 618 aquaculturelicence applications still awaiting determination from the Department,with the harvesting season for this year already much underway. “While the exact time taken to process the applications was notforthcoming from the Minister, reports from those in the industrysuggest that applicants are waiting up to seven years in some casesfor a decision on their applications. This is a ridiculous situation.“While I appreciate that the Department has obligations to ensure thatnational and EU legislation is complied with in full, it is extremelyfrustrating to hear that locals with the potential to start upexport-led businesses trading in shellfish and other marine products,which would create employment and enrich their local economies, areexperiencing such long delays in obtaining these licences.“For example, my office has been in contact with an individual in westDonegal, who has lined up a potential investor in an oyster farmingbusiness which would create significant local employment and provide agreat boost to his local area. Despite having held the licence for 22years previously for the same location, he cannot proceed with hisventure due to the red-tape in administering the licences.Deputy Doherty continued: “I have written to Minister Simon Coveney with regards to this mattertoday and I will continue to highlight the issue. The Department needsto establish an appropriate system which enables it to process theseapplications without undue delay.“It is simply unacceptable, in today’s economic climate, that thoseseeking to engage in local businesses and create employment should behindered in doing so.GOVERNMENT HAMPERING BUSINESS GROWTH – DOHERTY was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOVERNMENT HAMPERING BUSINESS GROWTH – DOHERTYlast_img read more