Manju FC stun Kansala on spot-kick to bag UNFPA Campaign Tourney

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Manju FC on Monday beat Kansala on penalties after their goalless draw in the regulation time in the final game played at St. George’s Lower Basic Schools football Field in Basse, Upper River Region, to clinch the UNFPA’s campaign to scale up Family Planning uptake in The Gambia football tournament title.

The two-day football tournament was competed by four villages in URR, namely Koba Kunda FC, Kansala FC, Manju FC and Bassending FC.

Both sides made an astonishing start to the final game and launched several goal-scoring opportunities but to no avail thus the game ended in stalemate.

This pushed the game into a post-match penalty shootout, which ended in favour of Manjai FC.

As champions, Manju FC went home with D7,500 whilst Kansala FC received D5,000 as the runners-up.

Other competing teams such as Koba Kunda FC and Bassending FC received D3,000 each as a consolation prize.

Addressing the football fans before the official commencement of the football tourney, Lamin Camara, National Programme Associate at the UNFPA, said the football tournament will be used as a crowd pulling strategy from the different villages to disseminate messages on Family Planning to the young people.

“We thank you all for participating in the tournament and we organized this tourney in order for you as youth to have some kind of aspiration that would lead you to be caring family heads in your life,” Camara informed footballers and supporters.

Young people present there also benefitted from the FP Commodities and services on the ground. 

Author: Halimatou Ceesay