History-making Banjul United revel in FA Cup success
Banjul United have written their name in Gambia’s football folklore after winning their first ever FA Cup title with a narrow 1-0 defeat of Hawks, in their maiden appearance in the finals of the competition.
The all-Banjul affair played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau brought together spectators, stakeholders and several Gambia government ministers, and the game did not disappoint, with the expansive football played by both teams.
Banjul scored the winner just three minutes before the end of proceedings after a defence splitting pass released Pa Omar Babu, who rounded two defenders and the keeper to tap home a decent winner. After lengthy celebrations with teammates and fans, he broke down in tears of joy and was replaced moments later, having been overcome by emotion.
The outcome of this West Africa Lotto-sponsored final could’ve been different had Hawks capitalised on its first half dominance, but Banjul United had also threatened on the break whenever they went forward.
Banjul United was decorated with a trophy and winners’ medals, as well as a cash prize of seventy five thousand Dalasi (D75, 000) while Hawks pocketed home a consolation prize of fifty thousand Dalasis (D50, 000).
The FA Cup final also saw the decoration and presentations of the various champions in all categories. Real de Banjul as men’s champions went home with one hundred thousand Dalasi (D100, 000) while Bombada, who secured a place among the elites of Gambian football in the 2015 season, were given a prize of seventy five thousand dalasis (D75, 000) for winning the men’s second division league.
In the women’s category, Red Scorpions as champions of the top flight were also decorated with a cash prize of seventy thousand Dalasis (D70, 000) while Jeshwang United, with a promotion to the first division next season, are (fifty thousand Dalasi (D50, 000) richer for winning the second division.