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Gambia U-17 Loses to Brikama United

Jun 23, 2009, 7:41 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

As part of preparations for the 2009 FIFA U17 youth championship to be hosted in Nigeria from October 24th to November 15th this year, the Gambia National U-17 team last Friday lost to Brikama United 3-2 in a test match played at the Brikama Mini Stadium.

Both sides put up a spectacular performance in the game. Gambia U-17 opened the scores in the 30th minute through striker Omar Jasseh alias Waterman, and Brikama United FC levelled the scores through striker Lamin Findi Jammeh in the 40th minute and the first half ended 1-1. Upon the resumption of the second half, the Gambia U-17 team who are brimming with confidence to beat Brikama United FC mounted heavy pressured on Brikama United FC defence line, and as a result striker Omar Jasseh alias Waterman brought Gambia U-17 back on the lead after dribbling Brikama United FC defences to make it 2-1 as he registered his second goal of the game. Brikama United made a brilliant come back and levelled the scores through striker, Modou Sowe, in the 69th minute and grabbed the winning goal in the 80th minute from the penalty spot. The penalty was converted by Modou Sowe as he scored his second goal of the game.

The Gambia National U-17 team, however, fought back and created numerous scoring opportunities in front of Brikama United FC goal-mouth but failed to capitalise on their chances and as a result the 90th  minute of play ended 3-2.  

Speaking to Pointsports the assistant coach of the Gambia National cadet team, Lamin Sambou, expressed delight with the performance of his team despite losing to Brikama United FC in a test game as part of their preparations for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 youth championship to be hosted by Nigeria later this year.

He further expressed confidence that his boys will certainly perform to expectation come October this year, and that the team will prepare well for the championship.

It would be recalled that the Gambia U-17 were the champions of the 2009 CAF U-17 youth championship tourney after beating the host Algeria 3-1 in the final.

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