Mar 26, 2008, 7:33 AM
In a searing test of stamina, Guinea Bissau demonstrated classic football yet again, at the Independent Stadium in Bakau. It was the curtain raiser match of the sub- regional veteran's tournament, designed to promote peace, friendship and brotherliness in the West African sub-region. With music from the Gambia Police Band, the two teams stood poised for their national anthems.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Honourable Sheriff Gomez met both teams and match officials and also took the kick-off at the start of the game.
Following 10 minutes of weighing each other out, the two teams went into an all-out attack. The
However, an unexpected counter-attack got
The Gambian team which seemed after that point to lose some spirit, picked up the momentum again in the 2nd half with front line substitutes, a midfielder and a goalkeeper. The tempo changed dramatically, as the Gambian defender Joe Gomez (alias Joe Tennis) who was really the man of the match, kept supplying a relentless barrage of attacking passes supporting the advance of the new offensive line-up which now included Malamin Badgi, Birri- Birri, Abdou Rashid and Lang Tombong Tamba.
The pressure quickly dismantled the