Jul 3, 2014, 9:55 AM
They surfaced and conquered PSV FC host of the competition 4-2 in a post-match penalty shootout after a well-contested game at the central Canaan Multipurpose football ground in Brikama Daruhairu.
The game, keenly contested by both sides, was described by football pundits in the village as one of the best games played in the competition. It was bankrolled by the GSF.
Both teams after displaying their talents in an entertaining mood failed to spot their clear chances in the entire encounter of the game, as their defences proved rigid to break through.
The game, which ended in goalless stalemate, as both teams failed to capitalise on their opportunities with chances from skipper Sainey Sonko of Touray’s FC and star player Andou Latif Fatty of the PSV FC of Brikama Missira.
When the game resumed after the half-time interval, PSV FC again came closer to winning the game after striker Bakary Sanneh and Amadou Jallow both missed clear chances, with the visitors looking strong and determined in their defence, making life difficult for their opponents.
The Touray’s FC, who later took control of the game, also came closer to snatching a goal but they could not find the back of the net of the opponent team, whose defence was also focused.
Both PSV FC and Touray’s FC players who have been causing havoc in their respective opponents’ goal areas could not make a breakthrough.
Delivering the various prizes of the tournament, Yankuba Vermeulen, GSF manager, said the tournament was to promote peace, unity, tolerance and oneness, which had been achieved.
“I am very delighted about the performance of the players in this tournament. Come next year, the GSF would come up with more surprises,” he said.
“The GSF will continue to support Gambian sport at all levels, especially at the grassroots,” he added.
Mr Vermeulen said the peace tournament was organised as a charity event, as all the participating teams paid no money to compete for the trophies.
“This is one such way of promoting grassroots talents, and the GSF would never relent in organising many more of such tournaments for the communities,” he said.
Touray’s FC, winners of the competition, received a giant trophy with a set of jerseys and balls.
The runners-up, PSV FC of Brikama Missira, received an intermediary trophy, set of jerseys and balls and the third-prize winners, Blackburn FC, received a trophy, socks and balls.
The best player award was given to Abdou Latif Fatty of PSV FC, which was a set of jerseys and trophy, while the best goalkeeper award went to Alieu Badjie of PSV, who received a new pair of gloves, a trophy and socks.
All the participating teams were each presented with a ball, and the four officiating referees were each given D400 at the end of the tournament.
Lamin Fatty head coach PSV FC, Lamin Touray, coach of Touray’s FC, Alieu Badjie skipper of PSV FC, Sainey Sonko skipper of Touray’s FC, and Alieu Darboe, administrator of PSV-Gambia team, who was the brain behind the competition, all hailed GSF for their support to Gambian football, calling on the teams to continue working hard and promoting unity and understanding among themselves.