By: Bubacarr Fallaboweh
Sirènes Jappo’s Olympique won 2022/2023 Coupe Du Senegal courtesy of a 2-0 victory over AFA Grand Yoff on Wednesday. Fatou Sonko scored the second goal.
She was elated as she admitted her success was a surprise.
“I am over excited; in my first year, I finished as runners-up in the league, and winning the FA Cup is something I have not dreamt of. I am thrilled. I came here for the double, and when we lost the league, I said I would continue helping the team to win something and show the Gambians that this is what I have earned and returned with during my stint in Senegal,” Gambian international Fatou Sonko told TAT Sports.
Fatou played the second half of the quarter-finals before assisting in the semifinals against Dakar Sacred Coer.
She doubled Sirenes lead after being put through with the goalkeeper at her mercy. She rounded the goalkeeper to score as she put the game beyond reach.
The Coupe Du Senegal DAMES title is her 12th trophy, and she finished the season as runner-up in the golden shoe race with 16 goals and eight assists.
Fatou Sonko aims to continue her career on a bigger stage and announce herself internationally. She has traveled with DSC to Liberia as the league champions bolster their attack.
AS Dakar Sacre Coeur of Senegal has been drawn alongside Mogbwemo Queens of Sierra Leone, AS Mande of Mali, and the hosts Determine Girls of Liberia.
“The league is long and tiresome; I never played much in a league. The fans have been electric, especially their support; I am returning the trust and love. The support was massive,” She added.
Jappo’s Olympique De Guediawaye finished as runners-up behind DSC, where Gambian international Mam Drammeh plays. The Abuko Utd loanee has eight goals and ten assists in 18 games and went on to write history by finishing the league unbeaten.
Just like in previous years, every season, Gambians will win silverware. In the Coupe du Sénégal, Modou Manneh, Idrissa Ceesay and Omar Faye will face Lie Kah’s Stade De Mbour.
Lie Kah will play two finals this season as they will battle against Teungueth FC in the 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐥𝐚 𝐋𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐞l.
Both league cups have been postponed due to the unrest across Senegal.
TAT Sports caught up with finalists Lie Kah and Yusupha Sanyang.
“This is my first year in Senegal, and going to two finals; I am happy to be able to reach and achieve this milestone. We are preparing very well,” Lie Kah said.
Yusupha Sanygang has two league goals and four assists and is ready to go all out against Stade de Mbour.
“It was hard initially because it was my first year in the first division. I have worked hard to reach here. We will give all that it takes against Stade du Mbour.”