Jan 10, 2014, 9:40 AM
Skipper Ebou Gaye scored the only goal of the game for Blue Stars FC in the 88th minute with goalkeeper Sarjo Dukureh allowing his free kick to slip through his hands into his net.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Yunusa Badjie, head coach of Blue Stars FC, said Hannover FC is a strong team but his side did not fear them and were under no pressure coming into the game.
“We want to win the cup but even if we do not, it is not a problem because this is our first year in the nawetan, and just reaching the final is an achievement for us,” he remarked.
“We only lost a single game during the course of the league competition,” he added, saying: “Even if we lose the final we are happy.”
Carrick, as he is widely known, stated that he believes in the talents of his players.
He told fans of the team to be patient as they are a new team. They will prepare well for the final, he said, adding that Kebba Jammeh has been helpful to him despite not sitting on their bench.
Modou Lamin Jammeh, head coach of Hannover FC, said he was disappointed with the central referee, complaining that he denied them a last-minute penalty.
They have achieved their objective which was to stay in the nawetan proper, he however said, adding that his boys really played well against Blue Stars.
Jammeh described his goalkeeper as one of the best in the zone, adding that the goal he conceded was just a mistake.
They prepared well for the game and expected to win but the referee ignored a penalty they had in the closing stage of the game, he said.
“We are trying to develop the game in the country but the referees always spoil the game,” he remarked, saying his side created chances but could not convert them.