Jul 7, 2009, 6:55 AM
Seedy Cham was the hero of the day for Milan FC after scoring the only goal of the game for his side in the 46th minute to crown the championship.
As champions, Milan went home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of D35,000 while runners-up Blue Stars FC also received a trophy and a cash prize of D25,000.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Bakary Colley, head coach of Milan, said he was the happiest man after winning the trophy, adding that they have been trying to secure the trophy since losing to Maccassa FC in the 2006 league final, but thank God they finally did it.
He said every season they play to expectations but were not always lucky to win the trophy. Colley described the final as the best, saying his team played to expectations.
“We played very well today,” he also, adding that the game was difficult because they defeated Blue Stars FC during the group stages.
Milan FC is a great team, he stated, adding that winning the trophy will boost their moral going into next year’s nawetan
Yunusa Badjie, head coach of Blue Stars FC, described the final as well contested, while thanking the Serrekunda East committee.
He noted that they came for revenge after losing 2-0 to Milan FC during the group stages but added that Milan had shown they are still on top of his side.
Carrick, as he is widely called, also thanked his players, saying: it is hard work that took them to the final.
Badgie, who guided his team from the qualifiers to the league final in their first year, described his team as the best.
He thanked God for finishing the competition as runners-up, saying: “Finishing runners-up was the best for them.”
Milan FC are better than them this season, he remarked, added that next year would be a different show.
Meanwhile, Lamin Badjie of Old Hands FC grabbed leading goal scorer award after bagging 3 goals.
Blue Stars FC skipper Ebou Gaye was named the best player of the competition.
The most organised fans club award went to Ebbeh Gi FC while the most discipline team award was bagged by Milan Rossoneri FC.
Saikou Ceesay of Medina FC was voted the best goalkeeper of the season. Lamin Badgie alias Burreh was rewarded with a cash amount of D500 for his hard work at the park.
The following were also awarded for the support to the committee: Banjul Breweries, Sky High Group, Police Intervention Unit, Gambia Football Referees Association, KM Red Cross Branch, Mustapha Kebbeh, Momodou Turo Darboe, Bakary Papa Gassama and Willy Abraham.