Banjul on Tuesday reached its first final in the Super Nawettan competition in six years following a post-match penalty shootout defeat of record winners Serrekunda East on Tuesday.
Regulation time ended in a goalless stalemate and the City Boys prevailed 5-4 in a pulsating post-match shootout. The game at the Serrekunda West Mini-Stadium was the second meeting between these two teams following their dull goalless stalemate earlier in the group stages of the competition.
Banjul will now face first ever finalists Gunjur on Friday at the Independence Stadium and the two teams have also won themselves a place in the Golden Jubilee football competition of Real de Banjul.
Speaking in a post-match interview, the Banjul Coach Alieu Jagne expressed delight that they are back in the finals for the first time since 2010. He added that his young team has the potential to give any opponent a run for their money on their day.
“Some of the players are young and were playing under pressure for the fact that Banjul had not played in the final since 2010,” he said, expressing hope that the win over Serrekunda East will finally put away those pressures.
For his part, the Serrekunda East Coach Lamin Dugal Jammeh expressed sadness in losing the game. He claimed that his side was the better team in the game but they failed to capitalise on their chances.
by Arfang MS Camara