Jubilant Presentation players

Presentation of Mary Basic Cycle School humiliated Pakalinding Upper Basic School 5 – 1 in the finals of the Gambia School Football Association championship girls category to retain the title in a final played at the Jarra Soma football field.

Pakalinding’s inability to cope under pressure made the show a one-sided affair as Presentation proved how it was no match for a side taking part in the tournament for the first time.

Ellen Gomez broke the deadlock after 12 minutes to put Presentation ahead and swift footed Fatou Jammeh made it 2 – 0 as she sneaked from behind to tap into the bottom corner on the 19th minute before Ellen completed her brace with a beautiful freekick to put Presentation 3 – 0 up at halftime.

After the break, Presentation picked up where they left it as the teams dynamic centre forward Serra Jarju added a fourth goal from a one-on-one situation. Serra later hit a banger against the woodwork, but Fatou Jammeh was on hand to rebound home from close range and make it 5 – 0.

By the 5th goal, Pakalinding were already desperate but Fatoumatta Jallow pulled a consolation for them in the closing stages ending the tie 5 – 1 to the defending champions.

In the boy’s category, New Covenant also won the title with a commanding 3 – 0 win over Farafenni Upper Basic School.

Assan Badjie scored twice before Patrong Gomez completed the demolition with a cool finish.

The runners up at each category were handed silver medals and a consolation prize of D10,000 while the champions for both the boys and girls went away with winners medals, a trophy and D25,000.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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