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Bakau United, Young Africans advance to Q/F in FA Cup

Jan 6, 2011, 1:17 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb & Isatou Dumbuya

Bakau United and Young Africans have advanced to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup of the Gambia Football Association (GFA).

Tuesday encounter saw Bakau United beat league champions Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) 1-0 at the Serrekunda East mini-Stadium.

Bakau United in the 75th minute decided the game when Jatta Baldeh slotted home a superb finish.

On the same day at the Serrekunda West mini-Stadium, Sulayman Colley struck the second goal after the kick-off sent defending Champions Young Africans into the last 8.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, the head coach of the Gambia Ports Authority, Peter Bonu Johnson, attributed his team’s defeat to lack of luck despite playing a very good game.

He said: “It is sad that we have to crash out of the FA Cup. We played good football but it is unfortunate that we made one mistake and we were punished.”

“It is sad that we lost though we were prepared to win and we had all the chances to win, especially during the first half when we hit the post twice, but it was unfortunate that we could not win.”

Bonu says he is preparing for the Champions league game against Jaraaf of Senegal later this month since he is now out of the FA Cup competition.

Kebba ‘Jespha’ Touray, head coach of Bakau United, said: “We gave GPA maximum respect but today we pushed them to the maximum level and I think we deserve the victory.”

“We would see a very strong Bakau United this season if we are not affected by injuries,” he said, adding that they would continue their unbeaten run from the later part of last season.