Big Pete doubtful
by Ian “Magic” Hughes
Following his hat trick against defending champions Asots Arcade Parham on Sunday “Big Pete” Byers may miss this weekend’s encounter.
Coach Janiel “Board” Simon confirmed that his star striker left Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
In the absence of a medical report, Simon stated that its not looking good for Byers as it pertains to him playing in the upcoming encounter against Sani pro Fort Road.
“I am waiting on the official report,” Simon stated, but I sense that it will be a huge challenge for him this weekend.”
Byers had perhaps his best opening game in many seasons as he made a “mockery” of a depleted Parham defence hitting three past national goalie, Molvin James.
If Byers is unable to take the pitch, the coach is confident that Sap has the ammunition in its arsenal to be successful not just this weekend but for a sustained period.
“Obviously he is going to be missed,” the coach stated.
“When you have a player with the ability to score goals as well as to disrupt defences, he will always be missed.
“We have a number of youngsters who are knocking on the door and this is an excellent opportunity for them show they are ready to take up the mantle.”
Byers, now 30 years of age may be at the later stages of his career and while he is still a handful for most defences, its time for the ‘passing of the torch’ for Sap’s strikers.
Young Norville “Boy Boy” Francis may be relishing the idea of being the main focus on the front line.
This should be a true test of Sap’s attacking force if Byers is unable to play for an extended period of time.