Jul 16, 2014, 10:58 AM
Fajara South FC on 7 July 2013 beat Johannes FC 3-2 on post-match penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw on regulation time at a final played at the Father Gough Sports Complex in Manjai Kunda.
They are therefore crowned champions of the Manjai Youth Sports Committee QCell-sponsored league cup.
Abdoulie Manga opened the score line for Fajara South FC in the 35th minute of the game from a classic header after capitalising on Ebrima Camara’s corner kick.
Skipper Ousman Sanyang levelled the score for Johannes FC in the 40th minute from a brilliant shot thus the game ended 1-1, proceeding to post-match penalty kicks which ended 3-2 in favour of Fajara South FC.
As winners, Fajara South FC went home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of D20,000, whilst Johannes FC collected a consolation prize of D15,000 as runners-up.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Abdoulie Jatta, head coach of Fajara South FC, said the final was well contested and fair.
Manka, as he is widely called, said they have been preparing for the final since last year, adding that winning the trophy means a lot to him as a young and upcoming coach.
They would prepare and go all out to maintain the trophy, he said, adding that they are proud of their technical staff, players and fans, who are all disciplined.
Alasan Mballow, head coach of Johannes FC, said they knew coming to the final one team would lose and another emerge victorious.
He was impressed with the performance of his team but disappointed with the result.
He said he was not under any pressure but slept every day knowing that they have a final to play, although he accepted they were under pressure to win the trophy for the community and not on the pitch.
“We have a team that can play with any team in Manjai, he said, adding that they had nothing to lose and would maintain their players for this year’s nawetan.
Their target this year is to win a trophy, he said, adding that his players did well.