Uprising upbeat despite being novice

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Aug 18th, 2014

Uprising Football Club became the only team in Serekunda East to qualify to the community’s nawettan, having played through every round of qualifiers spread over five knockout games.

Three other teams from the first game of the qualifiers were in the running for a place in the nawettan proper in the final day, but were all piped to the group stages by teams that were relegated from last year’s edition and had to play only a one-off game.

This made Uprising a novice in Serekunda East football but despite this tag, Yahya Dampha, the head coach of the team, remains optimistic that they will have a decent campaign when the season gets underway next week. “We are the Uprising team coming all the way from Abuko; we are here to qualify, and we don’t have any option than to do that. We believe that and we really worked very hard to earn us our qualifications to the nawettan proper,” he bragged.

Dampha added that beating an experienced Eden Border side in the playoffs would serve as a warning to others that they mustn’t be taken lightly. He finally thanked all their fans and those who in one way or the other helped in their qualification to the SESDO nawettan proper. He also urged the supporters to keep up the momentum and rally behind the team.

London United coach, Modou Bojang, expressed similar sentiments after they too booked their place in the nawettan. He promised a better season in 2014 than last year, when they failed to impress and in the end were forced to negotiate their place amongst the elites through the gruesome playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Serekunda East Sports Development Committee conducted the draw for this year’s football season on Friday. At the draw, it was confirmed that the season will get underway on Friday with the traditional super cup final. More on that in tomorrow’s edition.

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