Kanifing United on Saturday drew 0-0 with Old Jeshwang United in the ongoing Serrekunda West Sports Organisation (SWESO) nawetaan, in a keenly-contested encounter played at the Serrekunda West Mini-stadium.
Kanifing United took control of the first period of the game by mounting heavy pressure on Old Jeshwang United’s defence line forcing them to make two early changes, taking off Muhammed Sey and Bakary Darboe and replacing them with Saihou Ceesay and Aruna Camara.
After the break, Old Jeshwang made another substitution by introducing Muhammed Ceesay, who made a lot of impact in the game for his side but both teams failed to capitalise on their chances thus the game ended 0-0.
Earlier on Friday, Ajax FC beat Ngoyan FC by a goal to nil with Emmanuel Johna scoring the only goal of the game for his side in the 4th minute from a header.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Saidou Sallah, assistant coach of Kanifing United, said his boys played well during the game but luck was not on their side.
“We should have finished the game with Old Jeshwang United in the first five minutes, looking at the number of chances we created, but we have seen our mistakes and we will work on them before our next game,” he said.
“Our aim was not to draw today but the players were in a haste to score and I think that resulted into our draw,” he added, saying that Old Jeshwang is a big team he would not underrate but has confidence in the set of players in his team.
“I cannot take an excuse of the Ramadan for not winning or players not performing to expectations because we use to train during the Ramadan,” he also stated.
Ansumana J. B. Bass, head coach of Old Jeshwang United, said the game was tough because Kanifing United is a big team, adding that both teams came into the game with the sole objective of winning it but that could not materialise for any of them.
He also thanked fans of his club for coming out in their numbers to support the team, noting: “This is our first year in the Serrekunda West nawetaan.”
Coach Bass said they would prepare very well for their next game, adding that his players were fasting during their game against Kanifing United, which was why their best was not seen.