SJAG beats ANPS in International friendly encounter

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) on Friday defeated the Association Nationale de la Sportive Press du Senegal (ANPS) 1-0 in an international game played at the complex Sportif  Dakar Sacre-Coeur.

Foday Jatta of Teranga FM scored the game’s only goal in the 10th minute after a wonderful shot outside the 18 yard, forcing the Senegalese side struggling for an equaliser. The encounter was dubbed as the return leg for the Gambian Sports Journalists team as the Senegalese team won the first leg in Banjul by the same score line.

SJAG head coach Mariama Bojang and her charges became one of the first Gambian football team to win a Senegal side in Senegal though in a non-competitive match.

The international friendly coincided with the ANPS’s 14th edition Sports Award night which is aimed at promoting and encouraging the Senegalese athletes both within and outside the country.

Speaking in an interview with reporters shortly after the game, Mariama Bojang, head coach of SJAG expressed delight at beating the Senegalese team in the return leg, nothing that they have been preparing for the game for so long and winning was not a surprise to her.

“I am very happy winning the Senegalese Sports Journalists in their home ground. We really deserve to win this game looking at the performance of my players,” she said.

She also went on to congratulate her players for putting up a respectable performance in Dakar, while hailing the collaboration between the SJAG and ANPS for building the capacity of its members.

For her part, the ANPS coach Fatima Sillah of 2RTS expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of her players, noting that the Gambians Sports Journalists side shouldn’t have beat them.

“Though am not happy with the final result of the game, the good things is that the game was organised to continue building collaboration between the two sister countries, she said.

According to her, the win is not that much important but the fun they got from the game which she said is one of the aims of organising the match. She finally congratulated the Gambia Sports Journalists for winning the match, while saying that they will win next year’s encounter in Banjul come April.    

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara