The Point (Banjul)

7 December 2012

Gambia: Sukuta Bounce Back in Super Nawetan Competition

Sukuta on Wednesday recovered from their 3-2 defeat in the hands of Brikama in their opening game of the Super Nawetan competition to beat Serrekunda Central by 3-0 at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium.

Sukuta took the lead in the 12th minute of the game through Lamin Jobe from the penalty spot.

Serrekunda Central were reduced to ten men in the 41st minute of the game when Amadou Solly was sent off after been shown a second bookable offence.

Seedy Saidy made it 2-0 for Sukuta in the 58th minute while Lama Jallow sealed the victory in the 87th minute of the game from a penalty spot when defender Lamin Kanyi brought down Lamin Fadera inside Serrekunda Central's eighteen-yard box.

Sukuta have now collected 3 points in two encounters while Serrekunda Central are yet to collect a point in one game.

Debutant Brufut came from behind to share the spoils with Bakau at the Father Gough Sports Complex in Manjai Kunda, while Brikama were held to a 1-1 draw by Gunjur in the other group B clash played at the Brikama Mini Stadium on the same day.

Seedy Barrow, head coach of Sukuta speaking to reporters shortly after the game, said he felt comfortable winning by three goals and also collecting the maximum points.

He stated that they did not have any pressure coming to the game after losing to Brikama in their opening game.

He added that they played very well against Brikama but were not just able to defend their goals, which resulted in their defeat.

Against Brikama, he said, they were using long balls whilst against Serrekunda Central they knocked the ball around, which helped them.

He noted that any ladder they pass they don't consider it anymore, adding that they have a way to approach every game.

They will prepare well for their next encounter, he remarked, saying every game is a final to them.

He stated further that their target is to reach the semifinal of the competition and the final, at the end of the day.

Omar Jobe, head coach of Serrekunda Central, said it was not bad losing to Sukuta.

He added that in football, you either win or lose.

They would go back and prepare well, he said, adding that they had bad preparation for the tournament but that his boys played very well.

The first penalty they conceded reduced the morals of his players, he said, adding that they later used a three-man defence, which the players did not also understand very well.

Their next game would not be difficult because they will prepare very well for it to put up a respectable performance, he remarked.

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