Nov 25, 2009, 12:17 PM
The two teams came into the game with full force, aiming to secure a win to secure the trophy for their fans to make them happy.
Antoni Bass’s 30th minute goal was enough for Bob Marley to lift the trophy at the expense of their opponent.
As winners, Bob Marley FC went home with a cash prize of D12, 000 and a giant trophy, while runners-up Saudi FC collected D5, 000.
Alhagie Jallow of Ceesay Garage FC was awarded the leading goal scorer award with a cash amount of D1, 000.
Speaking to Pointsports shortly after the game, Ma Ansu Nicol, organiser of the tournament, appealed for support from companies in order to develop grassroots football in the area, as well as make the competition bigger.
The tournament is without a sponsor and not collecting any gate takings (tickets) during games, he added.
The tournament, he also said, is meant to keep players fit and active, but at the same time desist from crimes and related activities.
Sulayman Njie, head coach of Bob Marley FC, expressed delight with his boys’ display during the game.
Everything is about understanding and he knew how to motivate his boys, he added, observing that their opponents were provoking them, but he advised his players to relax and concentrate on their game since they were leading.
He commended Ma Ansu for the initiative, as he is encouraging young players as well as developing talents within the area.
Salifu Manneh, head coach for Saudi FC, said this was their first time taking part in the tournament.
He said this was their second finals in two weeks, adding that he had no regrets since it was their first time in the competition.
His boys were not relaxed, throwing away all their chances, he pointed out, but was quick to add that this is football.
The tournament is like a fitness tournament, and helps in the upcoming of players, he stated, while describing it as a good initiative.
In conclusion, he thanked the committee, adding that they could have done even better if supported by companies.