Source: ESPN The Premier League has received the go-ahead from the United Kingdom government to resume behind closed doors from June 1, it was announced Monday.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a road map on Sunday evening to ease lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, and a full report has since been released.The 50-page document includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” but this cannot happen before June 1.Titled “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy,” the document says lockdown measures will only be eased once certain measures have been met.In any case, no spectators will be allowed at matches should the Premier League return, with the league’s 20 clubs set for a vote on how to resume the season in the next few days, including the use of neutral venues to host matches.England’s top division has been suspended since March 13 and there is, as yet, no consensus surrounding how, or if, the 2019-20 season will start. There are still 92 Premier League fixtures to be played, with clubs now back in training at training grounds, albeit while observing the government’s social distancing guidelines.Fans in football stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections,” the report states.“Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.”Clubs are split about the prospect of the Premier League returning, with a majority of 14 votes from the division’s 20 teams required to pass any decision. The Premier League were not immediately available for comment following the publication of the government’s report.England’s top division and other leagues around Europe have until May 25 to outline to UEFA their detailed plans to start football matches again. The Bundesliga will become Europe’s first major football league to resume during the coronavirus pandemic when it starts again this weekend.
Barrack Young Controllers’ President Sekou Konneh was apparently speaking his heart out when he told journalists before his side’s narrow victory against Stade Malien of Mali in the CAF Championship League encounter last Sunday that he has a different approach to continental engagements.This answer came following the team’s poor league performances in four matches, where they have collected four points and suffered two defeats.Despite President Konneh’s optimism, his boys managed a narrow 1-0 victory, courtesy of a penalty award. Now the team has arrived in Bamako and will be clashing against their opponents on Sunday.Playing in their own backyard, the Malians may explore some opportunities in their favor. How would BYC defend against any challenges? Perhaps events in the first leg could be enough to get an idea of what might happen on Sunday.Reports at the game indicated that contrary to the position of President Konneh about the team’s different performance against outsiders, his side has a loose midfield, and there was not an efficient distributor to push his men upfront.Playing at home, a day after locals Monrovia Club Breweries had disgraced Algerian champions JS Kabylie 3-0, there was enormous pressure on BYC to produce more goals.Unable to regain their smashing form, BYC simply played along, struggling to stamp their authority on the match. Even on the penalty award that gave them the 1-0 victory, many did not think the match deserved to be won by that.“Winning 1-0 indicates that BYC will have a lot of work to do to avoid their opponents scoring two goals against them,” said a Go Blue Boys (BYC) fan.Technical director Thomas Kojo of Lone Star fame told OK FM Sunday program recently that his boys were prepared for the Algerians but a narrow result, coupled with a game that did not bring the best in the boys at home lives much to be considered.True, every game has its own challenges and surprises and it is possible that even the Malians may not be able to show their supremacy at home, though no one can bet on that.It is possible that Stade Malien may be good at home and trailing 1-0, they may be invigorated to do their best. But Coach Josiah Johnson, the man who coached the national soccer team for 15 years, is the genius who coined the consolation phrase: “Football is like biscuit,” meaning that when you intend to break it on a certain line, it unexpectedly breaks elsewhere else.What about that philosophy for the BYC versus Stade Malien return-leg match?Now comes the big one. I am talking about the incredible performance of Monrovia Club Breweries over JS Kabylie of Algeria in the CAF Confederation Cup assignment.The Algerian champions fell 3-0; an incredible score that Coach Samuel Saploh was moved to confess was a surprise.Playing the return leg on Sunday in Algeria, the Liberian side is prepared to play against any attempt by the Algerians to dream about scoring an incredible score of 4-0 with their aged players against young and skillful players that made them run out of gas after the first half in Monrovia, and exposed their weakness that led to their horrible defeat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more