Last year’s contentious knock-out winners Marimoo beat Bayern Central 1-0 to lift the Super Cup at this exciting zone in front of a packed Father Gough Sports Complex Saturday.
Adama Cham’s spectacular strike in the first half put Marimoo ahead but when Bayern found their form, they took charge of proceedings with Alieu Jammeh equalising the game in the 65th minute. Bayern were unlucky not to have added a winner. The stalemate dragged on to full time forcing penalties that Marimoo won 5-4 in dramatic style.
Coach Momodou Jallow of Marimoo said he is happy that he finally lay hands on the Super Cup trophy after two years of failure while his counterpart Abdou Jallow was impressed with the performance of his team. Marimoo got D6,000 as Bayern went home with D4,000 as consolation in addition to a proud performance that ignited hopes among their fans for a good nawettan season.
This week Fixtures:
Tuesday: Sanchaba Utd vs Fajara South
Wednesday: Kololi Central vs Brusubi Park/Food
Thursday: Ath.Manjai vs Jengoh Fc
Friday: Bayern Central vs Ankeluck
Saturday: Giants vs A-Z
Tigers vs Kololi Utd
Marimoo vs Future Stars
Sunday: Dahaba FC vs Strikers
Cosmos vs Ecowas
Ballack FC vs D\S Two FC
By Sise Sawaneh
Milan tames Medina to Cup glory
Milan FC snatched the Super Cup from Medina in a well-attended final that kept the crowd on their toes and sent them seeking for covers from the sporadic rains. Attended by a host of dignitaries including Omar Jallow OJ, the former MP for the area in the First republic, who is credited for pioneering football development in the zone, the match ended nil -nil at full time. Milan prevailed 3-2 on penalties sending cheers across one half of Tallingding while the other mourned a near miss on silver ware. The two Tallingding teams shared D17,000 between them with Milan cashing D10,000.
This week’s Fixtures:
Tuesday: Cannon vs New Germany
Wednesday: Blue Stars vs Uprising
Thursday: Milan vs Ebbeh Gi
Friday: Bradford vs One Love
Wullingkama are Super Cup champs
The boys from Wullingkama stopped Kai FC of Madiana from clinching another title in one season in Brufut. They beat the knockout champions 2-1 to write their name in the Super cup title history in the town which has now become a football power house in the West Coast Region.
Lamin Bojang accounted for Wullingkama’s two goals while Saja Gibba scored Kai FC’s solitary goal. Some 24 teams, from Brufut, Tanji Madina and Youna are vying for the coveted nawettan and knockout titles as well as places in the prestigious super nawettan team which were 2013 semi-finalists while the town team was third place finishers in the regional league.
This week’s fixtures
Sunday 24 August: Fatoumatta’s Print Vs Schindel
Tuesday 26, Aug: Manchester United Vs Step One (formerly Babylon )
Wednesday 21 Aug: Takaful Vs Valerenga.
By Sise Sawaneh
Zonal president replies to concerns over dilapidated pitch
The President of Bakau Youth and Sports Development Association BYSDA, Bakary ‘Paco’ Dampha, has had a very frank discussion about the raging topic of the poor football pitch at the Bakau Mini stadium.
In a chat with The Standard on the eve of the town’s Super Cup final, Mr Dampha said the people and players of Bakau are to blame for the destruction of the town’s only football ground.
Responding to threats by some teams of a possible nawettan boycott if the pitch remains dilapidated, he said: “Those threats are out of place and are unfortunately unjustifiable. To start with, the question should be asked who spoiled the pitch?”
Dampha went on to explain that Bakau was the first zone to have grass on its pitch in the whole of The Gambia apart from the Independence Stadium. “But people would come out and jump into the pitch, wanting to play by force. Some of them would even fight with our security. I even got involved in rows trying to block people from abusing the pitch,” he said.
Mr Dampha said his committee even had to report some violators to the police just to safeguard the pitch for posterity. “Now we must all be honest and reflect on the reasons the pitch is spoilt. I hope now if we get it redone everyone will behave responsibly,” he appealed.
Mr Dampha said the situation is so bad that even the town’s league teams have been affected because they can no longer have home matches.
Asked how the nawettan is progressing under the circumstances. He explained: “So far so good, things are going very well especially after we engaged our stakeholders and of course the advent of the advisory and development committee who are responsible for developing our park. As you also know, the Ministry of Youth and Sports gave us D300,000 to start something.”
He said his committee has a short and long term plan to develop a new grass for the football pitch and a perimeter fence as well as dig a borehole.
By Alagie Manneh