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Gamtel qualify for FA Cup Semis

Jan 17, 2011, 4:57 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Gamtel FC on Saturday defeated Real De Banjul 5-4 on post-match penalty shootout after a goalless draw at the Serrekunda East mini-Stadium to advance to the semifinal of the FA Cup competition.

The first chance of the game went to Real De Banjul FC when striker Lamin Drammeh had a clear opportunity to give his side the lead in the 36th minute of the game but his shot went wide for a goal-kick to Gamtel FC.

Striker Modou Njie Sarr had a golden opportunity to register his name on the score sheet for Gamtel FC in the 47th minute of the game but his effort went wide as well.

In the 57th minute of the game, Mbemba Colley had a free header to open the scoring for Real De Banjul FC but his header went off target thus the game ended 0-0 resulting in a penalty shootout which ended 5-4 in favour of Gamtel FC.

Gamtel FC will now face Brikama United in their semifinal encounter.

Brikama United made it to the semifinal after beating Bakau United on post-match penalty shootout at the Box Bar mini-Stadium the same day.

The newly appointed head coach of Real De Banjul, Alagie Sarr, in an interview with reporter shortly after his side’s defeat against Gamtel, said they lost the game as a result of their failure to make the best use of their numerous scoring chances.

Mustapha Manneh, head coach of the victorious Gamtel, side he was extremely delighted about his team's qualification.

He was however full of praises for their opponents Real De Banjul, saying Real "is a big team like Gamtel so you have to expect a difficult game".

His focus was on the trophy, he said, adding that scoring is a general problem in Gambian football. "We are working very hard on our scoring abilities with the strikers," he said.

Manneh also remained hopeful that his players including the youngsters will deliver the desired results.