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Brikama Knockout Final ends in stalemate

Jan 9, 2012, 1:38 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb & Lamin Darboe

The Brikama Youth and Sports Committee (BYSC) Knockout final played between Soccer FC and Joko FC ended 1-1 in a keenly contested encounter at the Brikama Mini-stadium on Saturday.

The unsettled encounter has now been re-scheduled for 18 January 2012 to be played at the Box Bar Mini-stadium in Brikama.

Jereh Jatta gave Soccer FC the lead in the 27th minute of the game from a clean finish after capitalizing on Lamin Saho’s pass.

Siaka Seckhan levelled the score for Joko in the 34th minute from a sensible finish after capitalizing on Modou Touray’s cross thus the game ended 1-1 resulting in it being re-scheduled for 18 January 2012.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Alpha Omar Jallow, head coach of Joko, said the game was well-contested but pressure was on them from both their opponents and the central referee.

He did not expect a draw against Soccer FC, he said, adding that they were dominated in the midfield during the first period but they spoke to their players during the break to get them perform better in the second half.

His team, he says, can win the re-scheduled match because they have the players “who have all it takes to win the game”.

His team did not train together for the game, he disclosed, saying that some of his players were from all the way North Bank Region but they were still able to put up great performance against Soccer FC.

Sulayman Kuyateh, head coach of Soccer, said re-scheduling the game is part of the rules of the BYSC that they have no problem with, since the committee needs to have more games played to raise enough funds to prepare Brikama United for the CAF Champions League.

He admitted the fact that his side were lucky not to concede a goal in the second period of the match because their opponents put up better performance than them.

He added that he underrated his opponents and took them as underdogs but was given a surprise and taught a lesson by their brisk and vigorous performance.

He however said most of his players are divisional players who are currently on pre-season training, which affected their collective performance in the game.