Penku FC has become champions of the late Famara Gomez memorial tournament
following their 5-3 post-match penalty shootout win over Pakau Njogu on Sunday.
Organised by Toubakolong Youth and Sports Development Association, the tournament was sponsored by Weeders Youth Development Association with the final played at Toubakolong football ground.
Pakau Penku went home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of D7, 000 while runners-up Pakau Njogu received D4, 000. Toubakolong United were named the most disciplined team of the tournament and received D1, 000.
Upper Niumi National Assembly Member Omar Darboe pledged to give the sports committee cash of D25, 000 and a giant trophy to stage another tournament.
Chairman of Toubakolong Youth and Sports Development Association Kemo Ceesay thanked contributors for participating in the successful organisation of two consecutive tournaments within a year.
Mr. Ceesay said their main vision is to unify the youth of the district to contribute to the development of Upper Niumi and the nation.
He said they also organise the tournament to scout for talented footballers within the district, noting that they were able to build a team named Kunta Kinteh that is representing the district in the North Bank regional league. “We want to promote football within the district and want young people to take ownership and pride of the district for its development. Our next target is to compete in the Super nawetan competition.”
Pakau Penku head coach Mamat Jobe commended his opponents for showing fair play during the final but added that with their preparation, he knew his side would emerge victorious.
Alieu Mendy, nephew of the late Famara Gomez said the late Gomez was a hard working, caring, loving and a good man, saying they were pleased as a family that a tournament was staged in memory of their loved one.