EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: There was palpable excitement at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Saturday the final whistle confirmed Kombo East as champions of the 2019 Africell bankrolled super nawettan tournament.
The Easterners defeated the 2015 champions, Serrekunda West by 1-0 in a well attended final at the Independence stadium in Bakau. The triumph is described by many football enthusiasts as a record history as Kombo East conceded only two goals in their net in the entire tournament.
Prolific striker Modou Kujabi scored the lone goal in 65th minute strike which earned his side their first ever ‘Zonals’ trophy, to capped off the tournament in an extraordinary fashion.
The East boys had already made history on their route to Saturday’s final against after beating Brikama 2 in semifinal, for a second time. The West boys had several goal scoring opportunities in the early part of the game but they failed to hit on the target. Kombo East equally got their moments in the first half with half chances on their way but they couldn’t break through either.
The second half produced the best moments of the encounter with both teams showing more urgency in front of the goal post to the delight of watching crowd, but neither side could capitalise on the few best chances that fall on their way.
It was until in the 65th minute when Modou Kujabi broke the deadlock with a fine clinical finish to put his side in front, which was eventually enough to earn them their maiden super Nawettan title and put Kombo East in the history book of competition winners.
Serrekunda West came close in numerous occasions to level the scoreline with some decent chances but they couldn’t break the Kombo East defence line, who were resilient at the back and managed to held on to preserve their led to the end to be crown as champion.
As winners, Kombo East went home with a giant trophy and cash prize of D200,000 while Serrekunda West received a consolation prize of D100,000.
Meanwhile, Brikama defeated Manjai 3-1 to finish on 3rd place, and went home with D50,000 and Manjai got D35,000 as consolation prize.
Story written by Amadou Kanteh