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East Knockout trophy: Milan, others into last 16

Oct 10, 2013, 4:26 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Milan FC, Manchester United, BJ’s Academy and Jola Kunda FC have become the last teams to book their places to the last sixteen of the on-going Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation (SESDO) Knockout competition.

Milan FC made it to the last sixteen of the competition after beating T. Central FC 2-nil on Tuesday at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium.

Lamin Sanneh and Basiru Jallow were authors of Milan FC’s goals in the 13th and 80th minutes of the game respectively.

Earlier in the 3pm kickoff on the same day, Manchester United beat Maccassa FC 4-3 on post-match penalty shootout, after drawing goalless on regulation time, to also secure a place in the last sixteen.

On Monday, BJ’s Academy beat New Germany FC by a goal to nil in a well-entertaining encounter played at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium, to also guarantee its place in the last sixteen.

Skipper Ousman Saho scored the only goal of the game for BJ’s Academy in the 63rd minute after converting a spot kick when Modou Lamin Manneh handled the ball inside New Germany FC’s eighteen-yard box.

New Germany ended the game with 10 men following Bakary Camara’s sending off, after he was shown a straight red card for bringing down Edrissa Bah at the edge New Germany’s eighteen-yard box.

In the 3pm encounter of the same day, Jola Kunda FC beat Shop Bi FC by 2-0 to also progress to the last sixteen of the knockout competition.

Muhammed Badamosi and Lamin O. Sanneh got on the score sheet for Jola Kunda FC in the 11th and 84th minutes of the game respectively.

Speaking to reporters on his side’s 2-nil win over T. Central FC, Bakary Colley, assistant coach of Milan FC, expressed delight with the win, adding that it was what they came for.

Colley thanked their sponsors Gamtel/Gamcel for the support given to the team.

He added that Milan is a big team but only reached the final at Serrekunda East once, saying that with this year’s team they hope to lift both trophies.

He stated that some of their players are nursing injuries while some are also suffering from Malaria but they hope to see them recover before their next encounter.

He also took time to thank their fans for supporting the team financially and for coming out to cheer up the boys during games.

Saihou Manjang, head coach of T. Central FC, described the game as a “great” encounter, saying his side really played well but were unlucky.

Milan FC, he stated, are a big team in Serrekunda East, but his side is also a good team just coming into the nawetan proper and with time they would be able to match all big teams in the zone.

Now that they are out of the knockout trophy, he noted, they will prepare well to improve on rectifying their mistakes and come stronger in the league competition.

He expressed confidence that his side will lift the league trophy, saying he has the players it takes to do so.

He called on the people to expect good football with discipline from his side, adding: “My players are young and are always willing to listen to me.”

He concluded by thanking his fans, SESDO and the entire Serrekunda East zone.