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S/K West Nawetan final ends in stalemate

Dec 12, 2011, 1:11 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb & Fatoumatta Jawara

The league final of the Serrekunda West Sports Organisation (SWESO) Nawetan competition played between Tigers FC and Blackpool FC ended in a 1-1 draw on regulation time at the Serrekunda West Mini-stadium on Saturday.

Lamin Konateh gave Tigers FC the lead in the 36th minute of the game from a penalty spot when Abdou Badjie was brought down inside Blackpool FC 18-yard box.

Modou Badjie levelled the score for Blackpool FC in the 75th minute of the game also from a penalty spot when skipper Baboucarr Manga handled the ball inside Tigers FC 18-yard box thus the game ended 1-1.

As of press time, the date for the rescheduled final was yet to be decided.

Speaking to reporters, Basiru Sanneh, head coach of Tigers, said both teams did their best during the game but the result was destined, blaming the central referee for “just blowing what he feels like during the game”,

He added that he was hurt by some of the decisions of the referee.

He said they would go back to their training ground to rectify their mistakes since they have now played against Blackpool, which has given them the chance to know their strength and weaknesses.

Modou Badjie, head coach of Blackpool FC, began by thanking the fans of the team for their support and everybody else, especially the media.

This is their fourth year in the nawetan and that they must make sure they achieve something this year, he said.

He added that they respect their opponents and that he told his players that they are to play against a very strong side.

He also said he is confident in making since his side was able to beat the best team of the nawetan competition (Kanifing United) in his semifinal encounter.

Sulayman Badjie, captain of Blackpool, said: “Tigers FC is a big team and we respect them but did not fear them. You will see more beautiful football from our team come the rescheduled game.”

He stated that they would go back and prepare very well for the rescheduled game to ensure “it does do end in a stalemate this time around”.