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Tie not yet over: HLM coach on Gamtel’s weekend win

Feb 20, 2013, 9:16 AM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

Gamtel defeated HLM 2-1 in the first leg of the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup tie on Sunday in Banjul, but HLM head coach Sheriff Kongi has said that despite the slender defeat the tie is yet to over.

He said his side has lost most of their big-name players to big clubs in Senegal after their recent relegation to the second tier last season.

Kongi made these remarks in an exclusive interview with reporters shortly after Sunday’s game at the Brikama Mini Stadium.

Kongi stated that Gamtel is a big team, who dominated the game, created chances and won it.

The penalty awarded to Gamtel was not a penalty, he said, but respects the referee’s decision and will go back and prepare very well for the return leg in Dakar in a fortnight’s time.

The head coach of Gamtel, Tapha Manneh, said he was really impressed with his boys for their performance in the game they won 2-1 over HLM.

Gamtel opened the score through striker HamangConteh in the 55th minute of the game after slashing HLM defence line, to give the telecommunications giants the lead aftera deadlock in the first half.

The visitors fought back and levelled the score through prolific striker Alioune Fall in the 71st minute of the game from a brilliant header, to cancel out Hamang Conteh’s 55th minute opener.

Hamang Conteh grabbed the winner for Gamtel in the 88th minute of the game from a penalty spot Armand Assim handled the ball inside the eighteen-yard box to earn Gamtel a slender victory against their Senegalese counterparts, as well as complete his brace.

HLM will now host Gamtel in the return leg in Senegal in a fortnight’s time.

Meanwhile, Moroccan club FUS Rabat lately secure a 1-0 home victory over Real De Banjul of The Gambia this weekend as the 2013 Orange CAF Champions League kicked off.

According to cafonline, Mourad Batna converted a penalty four minutes into stoppage time to give the 2010 Orange CAF Confederation Cup winners a slender lead ahead of the return match in early March.