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B.J. Academy Coach satisfied with draw

Oct 12, 2010, 2:38 PM

The head coach of B.J. Academy, Bubacarr Jallow has said he was happy to collect a point from Leeds United, who have more mature players in their team.

This follows his side's goalless drew against Leeds United, in their final group B encounter in the first round of the Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation Nawetaan. The match was held at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium on Sunday 10th October 2010.

As he put it, "I am happy to collect a point from Leeds United, because if you want to play in this tournament you have to play against big teams.

"Looking at Leeds United, they have more mature players than us, because most of their players play in divisional clubs. While I only have a single divisional player in my team, who is not even a first choice starter in his divisional club," said Jallow, who also had a successful stint as a referee.

Jallow also said that they will approach any game as it comes their way, as this is their first year in the nawetaan.

"Sometimes we have to change our formation because it does not favour the team at times by knocking the ball around."

Jallow who guided B.J Academy to a stalemate result, despite the team's first ever appearance in the summer championship, also attributed his team’s dismal performance to malaria from which some of the key members of the squad suffered.

Nyanaga Sallah the head coach of Leeds United was, however, appreciative of the draw, but he was quick to admit the fact that their ultimate objective was to achieve the desire result by walking away with all the maximum points at the expense of B.J Academy.

Sallah went on to add that his team created chances, but could not capitalise on them, given the fact that they could have scored two goals.

He promised to work hard with the team in a bid to improve on their scoring abilities, before the second round of the tournament elapses.

Sallah further underscored the importance of scoring, revealing that, without scoring, it will be difficult for the team to win.

He also joined his fellow coach Bubacarr Jallow in giving the assurance that he will work very hard with the team, to improve on the area of goal scoring ability, before the end of the second round, to avoid a post match penalty shootout.

Sallah ended this interview by heaping praises on both teams, for what he referred to as a fantastic performance they were able to put in place during the game.