Oct 21, 2008, 5:40 AM
Led by President Mustapha Kebbeh, the new leaders of Gambian football arrived to a joyous gathering of hundreds of people, in this traditional footballing town where local officials put an impressive setting at the town’s playing field for not just the final but the visiting important personalities.
One of the new GFF leaders, second-in-command Buba Star Janneh, hails from Gunjur and is described by locals as the living legend of Gunjur football.
With all formal introductions made through a wailing Public Address system, twinned with live transmission from Community Janneh Koto FM radio, Gunjur went through one of the most memorable match days of the town’s history.
The stake in the ensuing battle for the first silverware of the zone between World Eleven and Nyokoyor FC naturally went up, with players hungry not only for the glittering giant trophy but also to impress the gallery of important dignitaries and coaches watching.
Nyokoyor lit the first spark to the night in the first half but when World Eleven began their forward marching they dwarfed the initial excitement ignited by Nyokoyor’s early goal with two rapid stunning goals that told the story.
It gave World Eleven the right to the Super Cup and a lucrative cash prize, coolly presented by GFF supremo Mustapha Kebbeh, the first of many presentations he would undoubtedly perform in the coming years.
Nyokoyor endured a night of frustration as they unsuccessfully tried to cancel the scores but were consoled with an impressive cash prize handed to them by another son of their town, deputy permanent secretary Malang Jassey.
The huge crowd dispersed as mild rains fell, perhaps to whet the appetite of the rest of the zones’ teams for a gruelling season both at home and in the Super Nawetan.