Both Fortune FC and Greater Tomorrow gaffers Jane Joof and Sheriff Mankajang reacted to their impressive run in the Bawulo GFF First Division league following their weekend triumphs against Marimoo and BST Galaxy respectively.
Sheriff turned the fortunes of the academy boys, winning five on the bounce following two draws and four losses at the beginning of the season.
“The reason behind this great run is the motivation and encouragement from the management; they did step up in their responsibility, and that paid dividends to our current form. The players and technicians are doing well and working extra hard on the training ground.” Mankajang emphasized.
“Wallidan is struggling, but they are the oldest team in this league. We approached them with a cool mind and discipline. Our game against Brikama Utd is a derby game, and derby games are special games, but you can approach them as normal games, which we did. We first try to know their formula, which they use to beat teams from Brikama, and we work on that. With BST, they lost their last two games, and we won our last four games. They were more under pressure than us. We approach it with focus, total concentration, and hard work, and we end up winning.”
Greater Tomorrow will face Marimoo, Team Rhino, and Steve Biko in wrapping up the first round.
“The team has a direction and a project this season. That’s why every kid wants to see themselves in that project. That’s why anyone who has the opportunity to be in the Match Day squad will make sure to deliver 100%. There is a big project. That’s the main factor and contributor to our recent form.” Mankajang mentioned.
Fortune is unbeaten since their 2-0 defeat against Real de Banjul on matchday One. Jane Joof and Fortune have leapfrogged champions Real de Banjul to the summit of the league following their 2-0 win over Marimoo. A joyful Jane told the Alkamba Times sports desk that they will hold on to their lead but call it a difficult task to achieve.
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Fortune move to top spot after defeating Marimoo 2-0 and Real de Banjul dropped points away from home again. Fortune have been unbeaten since suffering a loss to Real in the opening day of the season. pic.twitter.com/9cGsIdwJ3T
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“I am happy with the victory. It was a very difficult match, with a very inconsistent team in the league, we met them in a very tight time where they needed a win, and we needed a win. We had the opportunity to go on top last week, but that wasn’t a permanent position for us. We knew what this game meant to us and where it would take us in terms of our position in the log. “
“We took our time and saw the best way to score first. We scored in both halves, and we know if we maintain that lead, we will go on top permanently. We played a good game against a difficult opponent. We are on top, and we will try to strengthen our position till the end of the first round; it won’t be an easy journey, because before we reach there, it wasn’t easy. Looking at the points marginal between ourselves and the teams on top, we tried closing the gap by winning most of the matches. Being on top is positive for us because we are winning, scoring goals, and we have achieved our objective of going to the top.” he added.