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Gambia: Soma Sateba Defeat Defending Champions in Nawetaan Final

Soma Sateba Football Club won the Jarra Soma Nawetaan Trophy on Saturday 23 February 2013 after defeating two times defending champions,Soma New Town, in a post-match penalty shootout.

The Soma sports committee was compelled to make the final a rescheduled game after the two rivals failed to produce a winner on the previous Saturday.

The committee could not however avoid a second one-all draw in the game described as final of the finals at the Soma Proper Lower Basic School but time was due to make decision on penalty kicks.

The Sateba boys were able to capitalize through the penalty festival to secure their first-ever championship in the Soma tournament.

New Town appeared to be the favourites with busy work on offensive ball control against their underdogs but Sateba knew how to dilute the threats of their opponents throughout the first half.

The use of extra stamina by Bakary Jatta and Lamin Dibba for Sateba resulted into useless heap of shots in the beginning of the second half.

New Town defenders began to pay a serious attention on Haruna Jobe, who was determined to dribble them or create goal-scoring chances for his colleagues.

Tamsir Jobe became the surprised package for New Town when he directed a whistling free-kick into the net of Ensa Jarjusey after 50 minutes of play.

Within two minutes of celebration in the camp of the defending champions, Pa Lamin Jarjusey registered his name on the score sheet to the pleasure of the Sateba fans.

At that stage of the regulation time, Seedy Jarjusey of Sateba was only influential in weighing pressure on New Town in partnership with Abdou Darboe and Ebrima Fatty.

However, their side had to wait for the 4 - 3 penalty results to be crowned the 2013 champions of Soma Nawetaan.

Baba Fadera, head coach of New Town, who received a cash prize of D6,500, told PointSports that though the runners-up title is a consolation to his hard work in the tournament, his target was to grab the trophy.

"My boys played well for sure. They could have retained the championship title but luck did not come," he said.

For Ousainou Jarjusey, head coach of Sateba, laying hands on the giant trophy with a cash prize of D7,500 came through constant training and teamwork in his camp.

He explained that the Sateba residents have hoped to carry the Nawetaan trophy four years ago.

"We have made all efforts by all means to beat the best and be the best in the Soma Nawetaan," he said.

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