LPRC Oiler, Liberian Champion Return to CAF Champions League Sunday against Senegalese Outfit
Monrovia – Liberia’s champions, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Football club, has launched an operation to reach the next round of the Confederation of African Football champions league.
Oilers will this Sunday, August 11, play host to two times Senegalese champions, Generation Foot, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The “Oil Boy” in June of 2019 broke their 14-year wait to win their first championship title and when undefeated throughout the season.
Copper Sannah’s Oilers head coach feels his team is in the right mindset for the clash against the Senegalese outfit.
Speaking to FrontPageAfrica sports desk, the former BYC coach said their preparation toward the match is encouraging.
“We started almost a month ago; I think we are on a good footing. Normally, result from management as you expect may not come but management is doing their best,” Sannah said.
“Mentally, the team is prepared; technically, we are on the finishing touches. We making sure Liberian people get the result they need from us as champions,” Sannah said.
“This environment is not a strange one because we have been there once with BYC but with the level of experience we got from there, the mistakes we made we try to correct them as technicians and playing body and even the administration,” he added.
The Oilers coach said he is satisfied with the team but termed the absence of Ebenezer Solo, who is injured, a blow to his team.
Sannah disclosed that the addition of former BYC defender Prince Jetoh to his team is a great boost to his team because of his experience at international level nothing that he Jetoh was a key player for him during his time at BYC.
“On the over all, I can assure you, we are going to cross the first round because of the experience we have and the players we have currently are all prepared to fight for the team”
“We launching an operation to qualify and if we are to qualify. We must put out the needed results that will put us in a better position that is playing well to win, fight to win with more than two and above goals and going to the second leg we can plan well tacitly.”
“I can assure you come Sunday, our team will fight. We will attack; we will play to score goals and not only to score goals but to defend to put us in a comfortable position for the second leg,” said confidently.
The Liberian Champion is aware of Liberian teams’ poor away records against Senegalese teams but is hopeful of upsetting the French side as they are more focused on how to contain them and get the result needed.
In his words the game will not be a strange game to his players because they are motivated to approach the game with one mind.
He said Liberia result against Senegal in the CHAN will not have any negative impact on his team but positive because they saw four players of their opponent players in the Senegalese team.
He called on the team management to make all necessary financial benefit they need while calling on fans to turn out and cheer them to victory after which they will judge them from their performance on the pitch.
Founded in 1975, LPRC Oilers qualified to the First Division in 1985 and made their debut in Africa, the then Cup winners Cup, now Confederations Cup, in 1987 where they were eliminated by Entete of Togo who went on to face Okwawu United of Ghana.
For the Champions league, Oilers debuted against Sierra Leonean club Mighty Black Pool in 1992 as the “Gold & Black” outfit further announced themselves to the rest of Africa.
The Oilers are Liberia’s most accomplished club in continental competitions as they went as far as the quarter-finals in 1989 before being eliminated by Kenyan giants Gor Mahia.
In that competition, Oilers eliminated Panthere du Bande of Cameroon on a 2-1 goal aggregate and also eliminated Ivorian club AS Abengorou on a 4-2 goal aggregate before their fairy tale run ended at the SKD sports complex as they lost to Gor Maria on a flooded pitch 3-1 after playing to a goaless draw in the first leg in Nairobi.
The Liberian champions are back to the competition since 2006 where they were ousted by Senegalese club A S Jaraf on a 3-2 goal aggregate.
Generation Football Club of Senegal have participated in both the CAF champions league and Confederation Cup once and are a team with the second best academy in Senegal.
The Captain of the Teranga Lions of Senegal and electrifying winger of UEFA champions league winners, Liverpool, Sadio Mane, is a product of Generation Foot academy that was founded in 2000.