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Man City win Banjul Nawetan Trophy

Nov 21, 2011, 2:40 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb & Fatoumatta Jawara

Man City FC on Saturday defeated Late Ebou Jammeh FC by 2-0 in a keenly contested final played at the Banjul Mini-stadium to lift the trophy of the Banjul Sports Committee Nawettan competition sponsored by Sky High Group.

Sheriff Wally opened the score for Man City in the 24th minute of the game from a sensible header inside the six-yard box to give his side a 1-nil lead at half time.

Upon resumption in the second period of the game, Abdou H. Lawal missed a golden opportunity for Late Ebou Jammeh FC in the 59th minute of the game after kicking his close-range chance over the cross bar. 

Lamin Jobarteh also had a long-range shot that went over the cross bar for Late Ebou Jammeh FC in the 67th minute of the game.

Skipper Modou Lamin Drammeh also had a brilliant free kick for Late Ebou Jammeh but his effort was saved for a corner-kick by goalkeeper Seedy Ndiaye in the 83rd minute of the game.

Alfusainey Gassama sealed the victory for Man City in the dying minutes of the game from a powerful shot that left goalkeeper Alieu Trawally helpless.

Man City went home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of D35,000 while runners-up Late Ebou Jammeh received a consolation prize of D20,000.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Bai Omar Samba, head coach of Man City, said he was delighted having victory, adding that his players did in the field of play what they were taught at the training ground, that they should always force their opponents to lose the ball when they are in their half while they capitalize on their chances whenever they enter the half of their opponents.

His aim was not to coach a team in the nawettan this season but has had to take up the responsibility of coaching Man City when he was approached by City after they lost heavily (5-0) in the early stage of the nawettan competition.

“I later sat with them and we discussed and that was how I started to coach the team,” he added.

Musa Njie, team adviser for Late Ebou Jammeh, said they were well prepared for the game but that luck was not on their side.

He also stated that the team was responsible for the defeat, adding that his players did not do as instructed, which resulted in the defeat.

He added that they changed their pattern of play in the second period of the game but that things could not just work out for them.

“With more encouragement my players will do better next year,” he said.