Jun 24, 2008, 7:42 AM
Tigers FC are Super Cup champions of Serrekunda West Sports Organisation (SWESO) thanks to a 4-3 post-match penalty shootout win over opponents Kanifing United.
The two sides played a goalless draw on regulation time in the final played at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Sulayman Jarju was the hero for Tigers FC saving two spot kicks to help his side lift the trophy for the fourth time in the history of the club.
As winners, Tigers FC went home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of D15,000 while Kanifing United collected a consolation prize of D10,000 as runners-up.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Hagie Tunkara, Kanifing United coach, said they played better and created chances but could not materialize their chances, saying that in a game “if you do not capitalise on your chances you are always bound to lose at the end”, saying that was what actually happened to them.
Penalty kicks is luck, he added, saying his side were unfortunate during the spot kicks.
They have accepted the defeat in good faith, he said, while congratulating Tigers FC on their victory.
They would now fully prepare for the nawetan proper, he concluded.
Tigers’ coach Kebba Sowe said his boys promised to win the trophy and had delivered.
They worked on their tactics to ensure they carry the day, he added, pointing out that, “Kanifing United are a fantastic side and we respect them very well but know what they are capable of doing and that was why we were able to stop them for us to win the trophy for our fans.”
“As usual, expect a trophy from Tigers FC in the nawetan,” he added, highlighting that, “Tigers FC have never lost penalty shootout against an opponent at Serrekunda West.”
Kanifing United as well respect his side as they knew what they could do, he went on, saying this was why a goal could not be seen during the 90-minute period.
The trophy is dedicated to Tigers FC fans, he further said, adding that they are known for discipline, which they would do well to continue with throughout the nawetan.