Sep 30, 2014, 10:06 AM
Samba Jallow scored the only goal of the game for Bridge Bi FC in the 21st minute to ensure his side lift the trophy.
Substitute Bakary Gomez of Manjai United was sent off in the 70th minute of the game.
The tournament, which featured young talented players from Kotu and its surrounding environs, was organised by Kotu Quarry Youth Sports and Development Association. Winners Bridge Bi FC went home with a cash prize of D4,000 with a trophy, while Manjai United received a consolation prize of D3,000 as runners-ups.
The best player of the tournament award went to Assan Camara of Manjai United while fellow teammate Omar Njie was named best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Manjai United as well were voted the most disciplined team of the competition while Ndery Jeng of Bridge Bi FC won the leading goal scorer of the championship.
Speaking to Pointsports shortly after the encounter, Lamin Barrow, head coach of Bridge Bi FC, expressed delight at his boys for delivering the trophy they promised him.
He added that hard work and commitment earned them the victory, saying they trained both morning and afternoon.
His players are young but good, he said, adding that since qualifying from their group his players have shown him they are ready to lift the trophy.
Head coach Barrow urged them to continue training hard, adding that in football “if you want to achieve your dreams you have to listen to good advice from your elders in order to be a good player”.
Commenting on the sending off of Bakary Gomez, he said for one to be a good player you have to be disciplined, patient, adopt to hostile crown and show everyone what you are capable of doing it on the field of play.
Abdoulie Suso A.K.A chief head coach of Manjai United, began by thanking the committee for staging the tournament he said is rear for youths. This, he noted, would help youth to develop on the game.
He described both teams as the same to him, saying it was normal they lost the final as it is football.
His side played well but could not capitalise on their chances, he observed, saying most of his players were young but would be mature by the time of staging the next edition of the competition.
Some of his players were discouraged due to the numerous shifting of the date for the final, he went on, adding that they trained for the final only for two days.