Abidjan quadrangular tourney Gambia claim gold medal

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sainey Touray’s 23rd minute brace helped Gambia beat Burkina Faso 1-0 to land the gold medal in the Abidjan quadrangular football Championship last night.

The Baby Scorpions prevailed with a hundred per cent record; thus erased the ugly memories on the Gambia premature elimination in the 2006 CAF Under 17 Championship. 

However, the Baby Scorpions were made to sweet for the sensational victory.

The Young Stallions of Burkina took off to a bright start as they sought for revenge against a side that defeated 2-1 during their group meeting.

In the 15th minute, Issouf Zoungara threatened Gambia with gliding header that went just inches from the woodwork. The incessant pressure from the Burkina compelled Gambia to be on alert.

 The Baby Scorpions rallied before star striker Sainey Touray broke the deadlock on the 23rd minutes after being set up by skilful Dimingo Manneh who was a key supplier of Gambia’s goals throughout the week-long tournament.

Late in the game saw a mounting pressure from the Young Stallions, but Gambia was determined to maintain a clean sheet.

As winners, the Baby Scorpions will jet into the country today (Thursday) with a giant trophy and 25 gold medals, while the runners up, Burkina Faso will receive twenty-five silver medals. Burkina Faso were named the most disciplined team. Gambia’s Sainey Touray, fondly called Ballack went home with leading goal scorer title.

Read subsequent edition for more updates in the Abidjan Championship.

Author: Written by Nanama Keita in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Source: The Daily Observer Newspaper
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