Aug 21, 2017, 11:03 AM
Zuwa FC enjoyed a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout win over Luniburg in the semi-final of the knockout match in a typical Newtown derby to advance to the knockout final at the Bakau Mini-Stadium on Saturday.
The two neighbours braced up for the typical Newtown derby but it was the rejuvenated Zuwa FC that made history by becoming one of the few Nawetaan teams to advance to the knockout final in its first appearance despite a goalless draw in the regulation period.
Huge doubts have been cast over Zuwa FC's ability to make an impact in the nawetaan, following their promotion to the summer championship from the qualifiers for the first time in the club's history.
But they have proven critics wrong after strings of impressive performances in both the league and the knockout competitions, which paid off when they upset neighbours in a highly tense match to book their ticket to the stage to face mighty Ron Mango in the knockout final.
The team, named after Yankuba Jammeh, got off to a promising start to the knockout campaign with a 1-1 draw against much fancied Ron Mango before proceeding to hold out-of-form Linguere to a pulsating gaolleas draw.
Zuwa FC, formerly called Brazil FC, collected their third consecutive draw with another goalless draw against Senior Lions before going on to beat Blackpool 1-nil to advance to the quarterfinal stage of the league.
The rejuvenated Zuwa FC returned to their best form with a remarkable and dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout win over hotel side Seaview, which was followed by a deserved 1-nil win against Scantours to progress to the knockout quarterfinal.
Despite registering their biggest disappointment in the semi-final stage of the league cup championship, after they were found wanting for fielding in a player (Yankuba Jammeh) who already have two yellow cards to his name, the Bakau newtown outfit are on course of laying their hands on their first ever competitive title.