Sep 15, 2008, 5:09 AM
Pipeline FC on Saturday beat Kaw Talli FC by 1-nil to register their first win in the ongoing Serrekunda West Sports Organisation (SWESO) Nawetaan game played at its Mini-stadium.
Omar Ceesay scored the only goal of the game for Pipeline FC in the 60th minute from a sensible header after capitalizing on Ousainou Ogoo’s corner kick to give his side all the needed three points and their first win of the competition.
Pipeline FC have now collected three points in three games while Kaw Talli FC have collected four points in three encounters.
In the 3pm kick-off of the same day, Wailers FC draw 0-0 with German Boys FC. Wailers FC have now collected a single point in three encounters while German Boys FC have collected two points in three games.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Badou Ceesay, head coach of Pipeline FC, said he was happy with the result because this was their first win of the competition.
He said they played good football in their previous two games but could not score, adding that what was most important for them in this game was the three points and not the number of goals they scored.
He noted that they need to concentrate and work hard in their remaining two games of the group stage to ensure they secure the maximum points to qualify for the round of sixteen.
He described his opponents, Kaw Talli FC, as a very good team and urged them to continue the momentum.
Muhammed Keita, head coach of Kaw Talli FC, said they played well during the game and the goal they conceded was an error. They would now work hard to win their remaining games of the group stage, he said.
“I told my boys to respect Pipeline FC because they are a good side,” he remarked, saying that taking out his skipper Sulayman Ndoye was not the cause of their defeat because he was not performing well during the game.
He also said they would prepare well for their next game to carry the day as they would be meeting their neighbours.
Their first priority is to avoid relegation because this is their first year in the nawetaan, he says.
Mustapha Jammeh, head coach of German Boys FC, said he was hoping they would collect the three points against Wailers FC to secure a qualification spot in their group.
“It is never easy because you prepare to win while your opponents also prepare to win,” he said, adding: “It is also difficult when the players are not doing what is expected of them.
“It is sad we did not collect the maximum points in this game but credit to our opponents because they lost two of their opening games and collected a point against us.”
Coach Jammeh said that all the past weeks they were training on goal-scoring tactics since their approach was to win. He added that they would prepare well to collect the maximum points in their next game, saying: “Our ambition is to give the fans what they need [the results].”
Mbye Sey, head coach of Wailers FC said: “It was not a bad game because we lost most of our key players in this game due to injuries. Most of the players that featured in this game were youngsters.
While accepting that their main problem is lack of scoring, Sey said: “We do have problems containing teams because our players are young but we are working on it.”
He also said: “We came to win but German Boys FC were the better side today.” Coach Sey pointed out that the opponents in their group “are more mature than our boys”.
“It is difficult to work with young players,” he said, adding that they need to collect the maximum three points in their next game. He also urged his club fans to be patient “because the team is young”.