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Journalists grab vital points in Golden Tournament

Sep 20, 2010, 2:38 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG), under the tutelage of Coach Dodou Bojang, has been awarded the maximum three points and two goals to kick start their campaign in the Nigeria High Commission’s Golden Football Tournament.

The sportswriters representing The Gambia in the six-team tournament got off to a promising start without kicking a ball at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium yesterday morning.

The history-making sports journalists football team that recorded their first-ever championship title after lifting the late Fatou Mbye Memorial Trophy few months ago, travelled to the East Park where they were scheduled to lock horns with Libya.

It was later confirmed that their opponents failed to honour what could have been a mouth-watering international match, to the disappointment of a well prepared and determined journalists’ side captained by Momodou S. Jallow.

The tournament kicked off on Friday with Nigeria beating Sierra Leone 3-0 at the Manjai Father Gough Complex.

The sports journalists team pitted in group B alongside Libya and Mauritania, will rub shoulders with Mauritania on Thursday at the Father Gough Sports Complex in Manjai.

Coach Dodou Bojang, who is eying a successful tournament, was however disappointed at his opponent’s failure to turn up but was extremely delighted at picking up vital points.

He said the team has the material needed to win the championship even though "they are not training together."

"This is a team that has been together because this is the team that won the Fatou Mbye tournament," he said. "This is a national team because we are representing the country. We have now transformed ourselves as the Scorpions."

Commenting on SJAG's game against Mauritania, he said: "We are looking at a three-goal margin."