By: Uthman A N Jeng
In a thrilling culmination of the highly anticipated Africell-sponsored football Champion Tournament, the stage is set for an epic showdown between Jaliba FC from Brikama and Jeshwang City. As football fever sweeps through the nation, fans eagerly await the momentous clash determining the ultimate champion. The winner will walk away with a giant trophy and an impressive D50.000, while the runners-up will secure a cool D25.000 and a trophy.
The tournament, which witnessed teams from Bakau, Serekunda East, Serekunda West, Lamin, Sukuta, Brikama, Manjai, and Banjul battling it out on the field, has captivated the hearts of football enthusiasts from the region. Each team showcased their immense talents and unwavering dedication, captivating audiences with their skillful gameplay and fierce determination.
Jaliba FC hailing from the vibrant town of Brikama has earned a reputation as a force to be reckoned with throughout the tournament. Led by their astute captain Ebrima Sillah, the magician star Muhammed Fayenkeh who made the youngest best player in Brikama, Jaliba FC has displayed a captivating brand of football, combining flair, precision, and unyielding teamwork. Their combative midfield defense Abdou Karim Sanneh, and offensive prowess, spearhead by the formidable striking duo of skillful and fast Domingo Manneh and Musa Jawo, has left their opponents in awe.
Head Coach, Foday Jaiteh of Jaliba Fc, focused on the big prize.
“Our goal is to win the title, and we will do everything possible to clinch the coveted prize. We know it’s not an easy game, but we will try our best and win.”
The Jeshwang City, representing the bustling community of Jeshwang, has showcased its mettle throughout the tournament, surprising many with its indomitable spirit and tactical brilliance, guided by its incredible and ever-reliable captain Ansu Saidy.
The Jeshwang City boys have forged an impenetrable defense, thwarting even the most formidable attacks through the safe hands of Goalkeeper star Alagie Joof and ever-resolute cool-headed center-back Kemo Gomez.
Their midfield maestro Sheriff Ceesay.the magician, fast explosive, and spinner Baboucarr Gumaneh and clinical finisher Samba Njie have been instrumental in their journey to the finals.
Omar Drammeh of Jeshwang United said they would work on their tactics to capitalize on the opportunities that come their way in the final.
” It’s going to be a grand final; we are prepared, ready to stick to our usual tactic and brilliance and take chances that come our way. We know it will be tough, but we hope to win the championship.”
Beyond the intense on-field rivalry, this tournament has fostered a sense of camaraderie among the participating communities. Supporters from Banjul, Bakau, Brikama, Manjai, Sukuta, Lamin, Serekunda East, and Serekunda West have come together to celebrate talent, unity, and shared passion.
The tournament has provided a platform for exchanging cultural experiences and strengthening bonds among diverse communities, emphasizing the unifying power of sports.
The Africell sponsorship had further elevated the tournament’s significance, as the telecommunications giants demonstrated their commitment to supporting grassroots football in The Gambia.
With their invaluable contribution, Africell has provided a platform for aspiring young footballers to showcase their skills, fostering a spirit of ambition and hope for a brighter future in sports.
As the sun sets over the Bakau Mini Stadium, anticipation fills the air. The stands are parked with genuine fans draped in the colors of their respective teams, generating an electrifying atmosphere that promises to fuel the players’ adrenaline. With skills, determination, and the dream of an entire community resting on their shoulders, Jaliba FC and Jeshwang City boys are ready to leave everything on the pitch in pursuit of victory.
As the referee blows the whistle, all eyes will be on the battleground, where heroes will be made, legends will be born, and the fate of the Africell-sponsored football champion will be decided. The final whistle will make the crowning of a deserved champion and the dawn of a new chapter in the annals of Gambian football.
May the best team emerge victorious, and may this memorable tournament serve as a testament to the unwavering spirit and passion for the beautiful game in The Gambia.