Timpa FC were crowned champions of the Yusupha Jobe-Sponsored Football Tournament last Saturday, after a 5-4 post-match penalty shootout defeat of Changai FC. Regulation time ended in a goalless stalemate in the game played at the Karantaba Upper Basic School football field.
The final was preceded by a third and fourth place playoff final between Karantaba Tabokoto FC and Raneru FC on Friday with the former prevailing 5-4 on penalties after another barren spell.
Addressing the players shortly before kick-off, Adama Sabally, a representative of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu K. Jammeh and Alhaji Ganyie Touray, the governor of Central River Region (CRR), expressed delight at the tournament. He alsoextended warmest greetings from the Youth and Sports minister and the CRR Governor.
Sabally used the opportunity to admonish the youths to take the game seriously and improve grassroots football. He also urged them to always aim higher and unite among themselves for their own development. He then hailed Yusupha Jobe for his efforts in promoting football among young people in the provinces, as well as contributing immensely to national development.
For his part, Yusupha Jobe, the sponsor of the tournament, thanked Allah for giving him the strength and opportunity to be able to sponsor such a tournament for the youths of his ward and beyond. He also thanked the organising committee and the regional and local authorities, notably Governor Alhaji Ganyie Touray; Hon. Ousman Njie, National Assembly member for Sami; the chief of Sami, Alh. Kibboh Leigh; and Demba Cham, APRC chairman among other prominent people in the area, for their support and encouragement.
Jobe hailed the efforts of Tijan Janko, a native of Karantaba Wollof and a prominent figure in the area for his support and words of encouragement. He commended the players for the discipline they showed throughout the course of the tournament and promised to give them more support in the near future. He said the tourney was meant to unite the people of the district especially those in the Karantaba Ward and also promote football at the grassroots level.
At the end of the match, Timpa FC received a giant trophy and a cash prize of D1500 as winners while Changai FC pocketed home a consolation prize of D1000. Tabokoto FC were given D500 for finishing third.