We Did Not Bribe Soulama – BYC President Konneh

Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) President, Prof Sekou Konneh, has debunked claims that his club paid a bribe to Kotoko goalkeeper, Abdoulaye Soulama to help the Liberians qualify to the next round of the CAF Champions League.

BYC inflicted a shocking 1-0 win on Kotoko at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Sunday and advanced to the next stage on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

The Porcupine Warriors’ elimination has been rocked by allegations of bribery against Burkinabe goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye who has been accused of taking a bribe of $3000 to throw the match away.

But BYC boss Sekou Konneh has quickly rubbished those claims saying Kotoko must rather blame themselves for playing poorly, and advised the club’s supporters to stop making such claims.

“I’m very disappointed to hear this news coming from Ghanaians, Konneh told Hot FM.

“Ghanaians are too intelligent to come up with these false claims.”

“I didn’t expect this from Ghanaians. At what point in time will I meet the goalkeeper (Soulama) when he is stacked to his team. Did we meet or talk to him at the airport or their hotel or where?”

“It is outrageous that we didn’t bribe a referee but rather a player. Kotoko didn’t play a good game in Liberia. They played better in Kumasi but were poor in Liberia. They deserved to lose.”

The last time Kotoko played in the league stage of the CAF Champions League was in 2006 but the team could not reach the last four of the competition.