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Saints Claim Another Championship Title

Oct 26, 2009, 3:22 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

(Friday, 23rd October 2009 Issue)
One of the most outstanding and successful schools when it comes to sports in the country, Saint Augustine Senior Secondary School on Wednesday entertained Nusrat Senior Secondary School to an emphatic 6-5 victory in the final of the annual African Commission for Human and People?s Right football tournament at the country?s biggest football arena.

Four Senior Schools football tournament is part of the activities marking the African Commission for Human and People?s rights day which is celebrated on 21st October every year, in a bid to protect the rights of African people.

St Augustine Senior Secondary School, it could be recalled won the title last year and succeeded in retaining the trophy in a dramatic fashion under the gears of an impressive attendance at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, with a 6-5 win to confirm their second successive championship title, following a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

The champions took an early lead in the 17th minute through Matt Jagne who has also been crowned the leading scorer after netting two goals in a 4 team tournament.

Nusrat that occasionally went close to leveling the advantage could only managed to put one pass Saints Goalkeeper, but Babucarr Sumareh?s 59th minute leveler was not good enough to earn the Bundung side a happy moment.

The objective of this school football tournament, according to senior Legal adviser of African Commission for Human and People?s Rights, Doctorphy Ogunuh, is to attract immense participation in a bid to protect human rights in Africa.

The tournament could have been expanded but due to budgetary constraints, it was limited to only four teams, Mr. Ogunuh told reporters shortly after the game.

Saints Augustine that lifted their second successive title were awarded a trophy and D5000, while the runner-up Nusrat went with an amount of D3500.

A prize of D2000 and D1000 for the third and forth team were given to Muslim and Gambia Senior Secondary Schools, respectively.

The participating schools used the platform to commend the Africa Commission for Human and People?s Rights for staging the tournament which they believe would go a long way towards fostering unity and understanding among them.