May 4, 2009, 9:26 AM
Habibou Sonko’s 70th minute penalty was all but enough to earn Bantaba FC a hard fought 1-nil win over Hands on Africa FC in the ongoing Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation (SESDO) Nawetaan competition played at the mini stadium on Sunday.
Bantaba FC have now collected seven points in three games, while Hands on Africa FC collected three points in three encounters.
In the 3 pm encounter of the same day, Nguma FC beat Stockholm FC by the same score line to register their first win of the competition.
Nguma FC have now collected five points in three encounters, while Stockholm FC collected two points in three games.
In the 9 am kick off, SV Laar FC lost to Green Impact FC by the same score line. Green Impact FC have now collected three points in three encounters while SV Laar FC are without a point in two games with a game in hand.
At Serrekunda West on the same day, Harlem FC beat Old Hands FC by a goal to nil with Pa Matarr Sarr scoring the only goal of the game in the 79th minute.
Harlem FC have now collected seven points in three games, while Old Hands FC are without a point in three encounters.
Elsewhere, at the Biri-Biri Mini Stadium in Ndofan village in the Lower Niumi District of the North Bank Region in the ongoing Ndofan Sports Committee Senior Nawetaan competition sponsored by Seedy M. B. Kinteh, President of the Gambia Football Association (GFA), Ndofan FC beat Mbulum FC by 2-1.
Ngara Joof and Yusupha Cham scored Ndofan FC’s goals in the 5th and 61st minutes of the game, while Buba Bah scored Mbulum FC’s consolation goal in the 76th minute of the match.
In the Under-15 category sponsored by Ngean Marong and played on the same day, Black Stars FC of Fass Njaga Choi village beat Mbulum FC by a goal to nil, with Saihou Keita scoring the only goal of the game for Black Stars FC in the 9th minute.
Speaking to Modou Lamin Dibba, assistant coach of Bantaba FC, he said they were delighted with the victory because they were rewarded for what they worked for, adding that they still have to work hard on their goal-scoring.
“We are not giving up anything unnecessarily this year, because we are hungry for something, which is the trophy”, he stated, adding that they are well-prepared for any team they are to meet.
“We have to be capitalizing on the chances we create to be scoring as many goals as possible”, he added, noting that they do not take any game lightly, and did not underrate any team.
‘We respect all our opponents, but our approach in our next game against the defending nawetaan and super cup champions (Ball Conge FC) would be to collect the maximum three points”, he noted, adding that they don’t want to lose any game.
“For us it is like we have not yet won any game, and we are going for the three points against Ball Conge FC”, he said when asked how they would approach their next game against the defending nawetaan champions.
“We are proud of our fans and respect their decisions and anything that comes from them”, he said, while thanking them for their support.