By Mandu Sanneh
Bantabaa F.C, a junior team from Faji Kunda have been crowned as Champions of the Serrekunda East Junior’s tournament after beating Medina FC of Tallinding by a goal to nil in the final at the East mini stadium on Saturday.
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The competition witnessed by many sports dignitaries was the first of its kind that the Serrekunda East Sport Development Organization (SESDO) organized inorder to give young players of the area to show case their talents on pitch.
Medina F.C dominated the first half with many scoring chances but were unable to find Bantabaa’s goal net, forcing the first half to end in a goalless draw.
After a poor first half, Bantaba came with fresh legs into the second half and started to play well. Mawdo Faal netted the opener for his side in the 59 minute after benefiting from a free kick. Just a minute after that, Medina’s Alasana Sanneh missed a clear chance which could have been an equalizer, before his team’s Omar Fofana was shown the way out by the central referee with a straight red card when found guilty of knocking Lamin Dibba of Bantabaa.
Pressure continued to mount as both teams were in search of a goal but they could not. The game ended one-nil in favor of the Faji Kunda youth players, Bantabaa.
Coach Ansumana Jammeh of Medina F.C expressed disappointed after losing to his opponent saying “I feel proud, my boys played good football but we were unlucky”.
Meanwhile Dembo Keita, Bantabaa’s Coach said he was excited for winning the first junior tournament staged by SESDO.
Bantaba F.C, winners of S/kunda east junior tournament went home with a glittering trophy and a cash price of three Thousand Dalasis (D3, 000.00) while Medina F.C, runners up received two thousand dalasis (D2, 000.00).