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Sports journalists lift Fatou Mbye Memorial Trophy

Mar 1, 2010, 12:43 PM | Article By: Sainabou Kujabi

The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia wrote the biggest history in the country's media fraternity by winning the first-ever organised Memorial Football Tournament in honour of late colleague Fatou B.K Mbye to the surprise of those who have on several occasions doubted their credibility to achieve the greatest success in terms of football.

Coach Abdoulie Bah, West Coast Sports Producer who was the caretaker coach on this fateful day traveled with his young determined and energetic journalists team to Serrekunda East Mini-stadium to rub shoulders with Youth Ambassadors of Peace in a highly-entertained final and could now considered himself as the luckiest sports journalists coach ever to win one of the most important titles in the history of the association.

The journalists' team came under heavy criticism for their embarrassing performance after a string of dismal results in last year’s stake holder's tournament. But the team in recent times has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that it is a very formidable side to reckon with as manifested by the heroic performances in the just ended late Fatou Mbye Memorial Football Tournament.

The sports writers, photographers and presenters led a hard fought encounter and in the process went home with something to remember after they secured a deserved 2-1 win over Youth Ambassadors of Peace in Friday's final at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium, thanks to goals from Amadou Wuyeh Manga, Unique FM Sports anchorman and The Point Newspaper's Lamin Drammeh, who scored in each half to give their sides a deserved 2-1 win under the watchful eyes of the father of late Colleague Bakary Mbye and other family members.

Youth Ambassadors of Peace occasionally went close to scoring, but all their efforts were frustrated by a formidable defence line led by Captain Sang Mendy.

Paradise FM's Alasan Mballow who was regarded as the man of the match, alongside Ebrima Jatta, alias Campo of KWT after outstanding performances throughout the match conceded the only goal as the opponents scored their consolation from a long range-effort mid way through the second period.

It was a moment of brilliance from the entire squad of the journalists whose heroic performances saw them celebrated their first-ever title to write history which could also serve as a warning to other teams that are set to participate in next year's tournament.

In the female category, Interior was awarded a trophy after edging pass KMC 1-0.