Soninkara football tournament reaches final stage

By IAfrica
In Gambia
May 22nd, 2014

The 2014 edition of the annual Soninkara football competition has reached the closing stages after Gambisara and Garawol booked their places in the final of the tournament with respective semifinal wins over Julengel and Allunhareh. The two finalists are the biggest Sarahuleh villages in the Upper River Region.

The final that will be played at the Serekunda East mini-stadium on Sunday 8th June, is expected to attract the biggest turnout in the tournament’s four-year history.

Gambisara were the first to book their place in the deciding game of the competition with a 1-0 defeat of Julengel, while Garawol was forced to secure their place in a gruesome post-match penalty shootout following a goalless stalemate at the end of regulation time.

The pairing for this year’s final has also ensured that Demba Kunda’s dominance of the competition come to an end. Demba Kunda won the last two editions but were this time knocked out in the first round stage.

Speaking in an interview with Observer Sports’ reporter yesterday, the chairman of the organising committee, Muhammed Papa Touray hailed this year’s tournament as one of the most successful so far organised by the Dynamic Sarahuleh Association for Change and Development.

Touray, who thanked the members of his organising committee as well as journalists and the Gambia Football Federation for the continuous support to his association disclosed that for the first time in the history of the championship, certificates of appreciation also will be awarded to deserving individuals.

He further disclosed that the association will also give a posthumous award to the late executive secretary of the National Sports Council, Mamudou Max Jallow for his unconditional support to the cause. He recalled that Jallow was one of the advisers to the association when they came up with the idea of a football tournament to bring Sarahulehs under one umbrella, and his advice in the first year of the competition has proved to be the driving force of their continuous success.

Touray concluded that the winners of the tournament will go home with a giant trophy and a cash prize of D12,000 while the runner up will pocket a consolation prize of seven thousand dalasi (D7,000). “Certificates of appreciation as well as prizes will also be awarded to the best player, leading goalscorer, the most discipline team as well as the reporter of the tournament,” Papa Touray confirmed to Observer Sports.

Author: Lolly M. Camara

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