LONG WAIT IS OVER FINALLY…
By Famara Badjie. 21 May, 2017
After three disappointing, disjointed, acrimonious and agonizing years, Gunjur are finally through to the Second tier of Gambian football. Ruthless, workmanlike and lively, they secured a first Third Division League title with an emphatic 1 – 0 win over Greater Tomorrow at the Brikama Boxbar mini-stadium.
They have been settling for second positions in their previous attempts, finishing behind Brufut United, Jambanjelly United, and Fortune F.C on the occasions.
This time around it was another experience a joy different from the despair they have been enduring, as Malang Jassey’s low drive on the 51st minutes crown Gunjur as the champions of West Coast Region Third Division League.
In front of a fairly large crowd mainly travelling Gunjurian supporters. Both team played a football that truly justified their status as deserving group winners in the campaign. End to end entertaining and attacking football full of neat, precise and accurate passes, dazzling displays, individual brilliance and good goal, the final couldn’t have played any better than it was, even though the ambience was lacking.
Both sides were more focus on possessing the ball well and trying to settled on their game plans which gave less trouble to either goal-keepers who both made one smart save in the entire first period.
After receiving half time instructions, Gunjur who were more quick on attacks found the opener after Omar Bajaw Bojang and Malang Jassey combine well to put Gunjur infront.
The resurgence Bajaw race to a pass down the left wing and cut inside the right-back before releasing the impressive Malang Jassey at the edge of the box. Jassey then took advantage of his talent and intelligence to calmly control well and attempt as if he was going to send in a right foot curling shot to sway the defenders at one side and brilliantly hit a low shot out of the reach of the keeper into his bottom right hand corner.
Benjamin the Greater Tomorrow Nigerian born tactician seem to have read the game well as he made four changes within the first 15minutes of the second half. His changes appeared to have work, but, not as expected as Gunjur were forced to reduce their attacking ambitions, in the event two clear-cut chances came and went for Greater Tomorrow.
Malang Jassey the star of the show and current most lively player in Gunjur had a brilliant game, roaming freely in the spaces behind his forwards, skipping past his opponents as if they were not there and also rotating with Mbemba, Sidia, and Bajaw in a moving triangle that had the opponent defence in confussion and greatly reduce their chances of playing all attacking football.
Greater Tomorrow Football Academy have exhaust all their five permitted substitutes in search of an equalizer, but nothing goes as plan though they gave a nervy ending to Gunjur, forcing them to seat deep to defend several threatening attacks that includes a last ditch corner which was confidently catch by keeper Yunus Jatta.
The slogan of “now or never” which has been turned into reality in last season’s Super Nawettan Championship where Gunjur enjoy first triumph, has once again turn positive as Gunjur will be labelled by many sport reporters as (newly promote Second Division side) later in the year when the new season starts.
It does not mean the end of the route for Greater Tomorrow, as they will still play the triangular qualify rounds to fight for the remaining slot in the second division.
As champions Gunjur United receives a trophy, a prize money of twenty-five thousand dalasis and a promise that a full set of football jersey plus a ball will be presented to them on Tuesday.
While Greater tomorrow Football Academy were awarded fifteen-thousand dalasis as league runners up.
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