Feb 3, 2009, 5:28 AM
The Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation (SESDO) defeated the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) 3-0 in a friendly game played at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium on Monday.
The match was in commemoration of the demise of their late colleague Fatou B.K. Mbye, who passed away on 31 October 2009.
The match was the second defeat registered by SJAG following another disastrous defeat against the same Serrekunda East team who entertained them to an 8-nil defeat at the East Park some time ago.
The journalists got off to a promising start to the game hoping to put an end to that disastrous moment but all their brilliant attacking options and dominance in the middle were not good enough to earn them a happy moment.
Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation on sporadic occasions could have scored but all their efforts were denied by a formidable journalist defence line led by inspirational captain Sang Mendy, Ebrima Campo Jatta, Cherno Omar Bobb and Alpha Jallow.
Upon resumption, the sports journalists’ team was unable to maintain their good run of form due to lack of match fitness and in the process conceded a disappointing 3-nil defeat thanks to a brace from substitute Ousman Corr.
Two minutes later the sports journalists’ prolific forward Lamin Drammeh of The Point newspaper came close to an equaliser with a brilliant move but the defender quickly rushed into an empty net to deny him what could have been a consolation for the SJAG side
Lamin Sillah sealed the victory for Serrekunda East in the dying minute of the game from a penalty spot, following a handball played by a SJAG player inside their penalty area, to wrap up a massive scoring advantage.
The journalists, who turned from an underdog to heroes within a short spell, were forced to fight for victory but it was too late too little as they succumbed to a disappointing 3-nil defeat at the expense of the fit Serrekunda East side.
According to the SJAG president, Sainabou Kujabi, who watched her side suffered an embarrassing defeat, the team’s disappointing performance is attributed to the fact that the team had not been training together since their historic achievement which saw them win their first-ever competitive trophy at the expense of Youth Ambassador team in the first edition of the late Fatou B.K. Mbye Memorial Football Tournament last March.
The SJAG team have so far registered two consecutive defeats the first of which was against the Sierra Leonean national team in The Gambia in the just-ended Nigeria High Commission Golden Jubilee football tournament.
The team during that tournament was awarded a bronze medal and went ahead to be named the most disciplined team of the tournament after finishing third best in the six-team competition.