Sunday, October 10, 2010

Interior, Sports Journalists Reaches Final

As the Maiden Edition of Fatou Mbye Memorial Tournament Kicks-off

Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) Female First Division Side, Interior FC booked themselves a place in the final of the maiden edition of Fatou Mbye Memorial Football Tournament after they see-off fellow first division outfit, Abuko United in the female category.

Interior came from behind after being a goal down to push the game to a penalty shootout after both sides could not slot in a game decider at full time.

The two female teams went head to head in an all Gambia Football Association League encounter at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium on Friday 19th February, 2010.

Abuko United deadly forward, Sainey Sissoho put her side in front with a classical finish after she beat Interior’s central defender, placing the ball into the right angle of the net in the 9th minute.

United were able to hold on to their lead and maintained a well disciplined defence but only for 18 minutes when Interior’s Olie Njie converted a spot kick in the 27th minute to leave the game at 1-1 in
full time. The two sides were separated by penalty kicks in which Interior
knocked out United with a 3-2 win.

In another development, the official opening was held during the course of the second encounter featuring the Sports Journalist and the Ministry of Youths and Sports in the male category.

The Sport Journalist took the game to the Ministry as soon as the central referee blew his whistle, scoring as early as the 5th minute.

Baboucarr Sey, arguably one of the shortest players in the tournament rise-up with a magnificent header from an excellent cross from the near left side of the opponents half to put the Journalists ahead.

The Ministry responds with what seemed their closest chance in the first quarter of the game when Malang Jassey (Director of Youths and Sports) came one-on-one with goalkeeper Alasan Mballow, but his was well
handled by the Paradise FM Sports Presenter.

The Sport journalists could have extended the lead in the 13th minute when they won a penalty, however, Lamin Drammeh’s poor penalty shot was punched by the Ministry’s goalkeeper into the field of play.

The Ministry enjoyed a little bit of dominance in the second half by coming close in a number of occasions but that final touch was always lacking, so you can see why the game didn’t go their way.

The tournament is organised by the Sports Journalist Association of The Gambia in honour of the late Fatou Mbye, who was a Journalist and Coach of Female first division side, Jamcity. The final is
scheduled to take place on 26th February, 2010 at the Serrekunda
East Mini Stadium.

In separate encounters at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium, Youth Ambassadors of Peace defeated Gambia Coaches Association by a lone goal in the male category, while Kanifing Municipal Council also sent
Jamcity packing in the female category with a 2-0 defeat.

On February 26, 2010, Kanifing Municipal Council will take on Interior, while Sports Journalists Association faces Youth Ambassadors of Peace in the final at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium, 1500 and 1700GMT
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