May 5, 2010, 12:04 PM
Nguma FC are through to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Serrekunda East Sports Development Organisation (SESDO) knockout competition following their hard fought 1-nil over their neighbours Wailers FC on Tuesday, at the East Mini-stadium.
Alieu Ceesay scored the only goal of the game for Nguma FC in the 48th minute of the game to guarantee his side a place in the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Bubacarr Nyabally, head coach of Nguma FC, said he feels great about the win over their neighbours, adding that they prepared well for the encounter knowing they were going to face their rivals.
He added that he was really impressed with the performance of his boys, saying they really adhered to instructions.
He also stated that his strikers were not relaxed in front of the goal, which resulted in them scoring only a single goal despite creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities.
He also expressed confidence that his team would centre both finals in Serrekunda East this year, and concluded by urging the fans of the team to continue supporting the team as well as to show maximum discipline in the remaining period of the competition.
Pap Barrow, assistant coach of Wailers FC, said they prepared well for the game but the referee “destroyed” their game, claiming that there was a foul on his goalkeeper in the goal they conceded.
He added: “If it were not for the bad officiating of our game today we would have won and I think Serrekunda East need to do something about their referees because they always bring us bad referees here,” he said, adding that Serrekunda East should change their referees because “the referees they are bringing at the park are not good enough”.
“Our players did not perform well today because they could have done more than this during the game,” he said, adding that he could not understand what the problem was with his players.
“This was a derby game and we prepared well for it but this is the way it ended and all we can do now is wish Nguma FC luck in the rest of the competition,” he said, adding that since they are out of the knockout competition now they would prepare well for their league game against Abuko United on Saturday.
“Let the fans know that this is football; you either has to win or lose,” he said, adding that they have taken the defeat in good faith.