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In East Nawetan: Milan FC advance to Semis

Nov 18, 2011, 10:14 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Milan FC are through to the semi-final stage of the ongoing Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation (SESDO) Nawettan competition after beating Rangers FC 4-2 on post-match penalty shootouts.

This followed their goalless draw on regulation time in their quarterfinal encounter played at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium on Wednesday.

The game was dominated by Rangers who had the upper-hand and created chances but could not capitalize on them, resulting in the game ending 0-0 and finally to penalty kicks, which ended 4-2 in favour of Milan FC.

Milan will now face Hands on Africa FC in the semi-final to be played at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium on Saturday, while Bantaba FC will take on Ball Conge FC in the other semi-final game to be played today, Friday, at the East Park.

Speaking to Pointsports shortly after the game, Ibrahim Kalil Dumbuya, head coach of Milan, said most of his players had been suffering from illnesses and injuries which hampered their performance against Rangers and also forced them to excuse their five substitutes.

“We are expecting to win the trophy,” he said, adding that they started the nawettan in style and have achieved a lot of things.

“It is not easy but we are working both tactically and technically to make sure we reach the final,” he added, noting that he was expecting very good performance from both teams, which he saw during the game.

He finally congratulated Gamtel/Gamcel (their sponsors) for providing the team with the necessary logistics and for also helping them to reach that far in the competition.

He concluded by urging the fans to come out in their numbers to cheer up the team. 

Pa Lamin Sillah, team manager for Rangers, said he was not very sad because his team played better during the game but that Milan were able to contain them for the whole game and that he did wish them luck in the rest of the tournament.

He added that their game plan did not work even though they created many chances, noting that the outcome of the match could also be seen as a credit to his team because it contained young players who did very well to reach this stage of the competition they could reached for the past five years.

He said they would go back and prepare for next season and urged the fans to take the fate in good faith as they would prepare to come stronger next year.