Sep 23, 2009, 6:50 AM
Aziz Mendy scored the only goal of the game for Kanifing United in the 5th minute of the game from a close range tap, when Modou Cham’s earlier shot was blocked by goalkeeper Bakary Sonko.
As winners of the Qcell-sponsored league trophy, Kanifing United went home with a giant trophy and D50,000; the runners-up Old Jeshwang collected a consolation prize of D30, 000.
Hapapa FC bagged the most disciplined fan club award, while Cambel Town FC where voted the most disciplined team.
Landing Sonko of Kaw Talli FC was awarded the leading goal scorer prize with a certificate and D2,500.
Pa Omar Bajan of Benghazi FC was named the best young player of the tournament, and awarded a certificate and D1,000.
Bajaro Jabbi the assistant coach Kanifing United speaking to reporters shortly after the game said they knew Old Jeshwang were coming with a different strategy this year, after Kanifing United beat them by the same score line in last year’s league finals.
Kanifing United’s motto is: “winning is our tradition”, he stated, adding that team-work, dedication and discipline is the secret behind their success.
He described Old Jeshwang as a very good team.
The victory was dedicated to Modou Cham who was hit on the head during the game and was not feeling well, he said, while wishing him a speedy recovery.
Lamin Marenah, head coach Old Jeshwang, described the finals as difficult for them “It’s disappointing losing to the same team for two consecutive years.”
Lack of communication cost them the game, he added, and that Kanifing United have more experienced players.